Friday, May 2, 2014

Post Partum Fashion (guest post)

When Tina emailed me about writing a post on "after-baby" fashion I immediately said yes since this is not only a topic that I thought you all would find interesting, but something I need to read up on considering I'm a ticking time bomb these days. I know my body will be really different after baby girl makes her big entrance into the world, but how does one hide all those extra bulges without looking frumpy?

Well, Tina has an answer for that.

What to Wear After the Baby Comes
As a new mom, you have a lot to worry about, with a new baby and all. This means that mom’s fashion is the last thing to be considered on your daily to-do list. Like many new moms, you planned and plotted out every detail for your new baby’s wardrobe, but forgot to think about what you might wear postpartum. 
Even though it might seem like there are a lot of other, more important things to worry about right now, you need to take a little time for yourself every once in a while to be a better mother for your baby. When you feel beautiful and confident, you will have a better attitude all day and be able to pass that onto your baby.
When you are ready to take some time to pamper yourself after having your baby, here are some ideas for outfits you can wear as a new mom. 

Good undergarments will make your life a lot easier
Your body has changed a lot over the past nine months, especially your breasts. Replace the undergarments that no longer fit well with comfortable and breathable pieces. Because your size has changed so much, you might want to consider a bra sizing to learn what your new size is and how to find a bra that fits you properly. This area usually takes the longest to get back to normal after the baby arrives, so it is perfectly find to buy a few new bras for this size. 
If you are nursing, a really good nursing bra is essential for the many feedings you will need to do now. Find one with the most practical uses for your lifestyle that will be easy to hook and unhook when you need it. 

Keep your tops soft and flowy
It will take some time for your post-baby belly to morph back into what it was before the baby, but you don’t need to hide in baggy sweatshirts until then. Find some great flowy tops. Look for things like ruffles or big patterns to pull attention from your midsection to your glowing, new mom face. 
Soft, breathable materials are also a good choice when picking out new tops. The last thing you want when you are cuddling your new baby is a scratchy, synthetic material rubbing on your baby’s cheek. Stick with natural, easy to clean materials like cotton. 

Invest in accessories
Your body has changed and grown out of almost every item of clothing that you had pre-pregnancy, but the one thing that you will never grow out of are shoes and accessories.  If you want to buy trendy or any high-price items, but you don’t want to only wear them post-pregnancy, invest instead in some great accessories that make you feel stylish and fashionable. 

Buy a new pair of jean that fits you now
It may be a while until you fit back into your pre-baby jeans again, so don’t slip into the habit of wearing old maternity clothes or defaulting to sweatpants. Buy a good pair of jeans, or any other basic bottoms that you will wear often, that fit you now and make you feel comfortable. You will get use out of the, especially if you plan on having more kids down the road. 

Image: http://pregnant.thebump.com/new-mom-new-dad/your-life/slideshows/fashion-tips-for-new-moms.aspx


4 comments:

  1. I have an 8 week old little girl and just went through all this new baby and body stuff, and i would like to add something to the list if that's ok ;)

    Because you just had a baby you are incredibly sore down there for at least two weeks. I mean, you did just push out a watermelon out of a hole the size of an orange ;) plus I didn't expect my stitches would tear which made matters a lot worse for me. Anyways, loose pants are awesome. sweats. I didn't want to wear anything else! After you feel good 'down there' it might be nice to then go out and purchase some pants. (this is how it was for me anyway)
    I wish i would have bought more flowy shirts! I realized all I had were tighter shirts from wanting to show off my baby bump, so I wish I would have bought more loose shirts.

    Good luck girl!! Labor is amazing. My sister-in-law said, "It's weird... I didn't give birth, my body did." which is so true! I was so nervous before because my brain didn't know what to do, but the body knows! Listen to it and it will be great :) Sorry for the long comment ;)

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  2. I have an 8 week old little girl and just went through all this new baby and body stuff, and i would like to add something to the list if that's ok ;)

    Because you just had a baby you are incredibly sore down there for at least two weeks. I mean, you did just push out a watermelon out of a hole the size of an orange ;) plus I didn't expect my stitches would tear which made matters a lot worse for me. Anyways, loose pants are awesome. sweats. I didn't want to wear anything else! After you feel good 'down there' it might be nice to then go out and purchase some pants. (this is how it was for me anyway)
    I wish i would have bought more flowy shirts! I realized all I had were tighter shirts from wanting to show off my baby bump, so I wish I would have bought more loose shirts.
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  3. Good luck girl!! Labor is amazing.

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