It’s the beginning of a new year, and something has been weighing heavily on my mind. It’s something that can make you feel great and want to get out of the house and do things, or it can make you want to stay at home and hide from the world every day. If you haven’t already guessed it, I’m talking about self confidence.
Even though I’m entering my mid-30’s this year, and should have the whole self confidence thing down by now, I still struggle. After giving birth to my daughter in 2013, and my son in 2015, my self confidence was at an all time low. I gained weight with both of my pregnancies, and just let myself go in pretty much all aspects of my life.
Now that my son is 10 months old, I am finally starting to return to my old self and get some of that self confidence back that I once had. One of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome was taking care of myself, in the midst of caring for a toddler and an infant. When you become a Mom, this thing happens to you, where you just don’t even think about yourself anymore, and you do anything and everything for your children first and foremost.
As important as it is to take care of your children, it is equally important to take care of yourself. It has taken me a long time to learn that, but now that I have, I am going to start making some serious changes. I need to feel comfortable with my own body again, and have self confidence. When I am happy, my kids and my husband are happy too.
There are a few things I wish I had done immediately after having each of my kids to help me get my self confidence back quicker, and today, I am going to share them with you. If you have recently had a baby, whether it was yesterday, or even a few years ago, here are 5 tips to regain self confidence after having a baby.
- Get a hair cut. After I gave birth to my kids, I just didn’t feel good about myself. I was so tired all the time, wearing clothes that had spit up all over them, and my hair was always an absolute mess. It wasn’t until I finally got a much needed hair cut that I started to feel a little better about myself. A new hair cut can really make you feel like a million bucks!
- Buy new clothes. I have a confession to make. I wore my maternity clothes for about a year after I had my daughter. I also wore pajama pants almost every single day. Ugh. I had no clothes that fit my new body, and I just felt miserable and didn’t want to go shopping. A couple of months after I had my son, I gave all of my maternity clothes away to a pregnant friend. That forced me to go shopping for new clothes that actually fit my body, and that made me feel more confident.
- Exercise. Exercise is so important for a lot of reasons. It helps keep you strong and gives you energy to keep up with your kids. It also elevates your mood, and boosts self confidence! After your doctor or midwife gives you the ok, go ahead and start getting in a little bit of exercise every day. It doesn’t even have to be a boring run on the treadmill – take your kids for a walk, chase them around the back yard, dance with them in the living room. Get creative and see what fun things you can do with your kids. It likely won’t even feel like exercise!
- Eat healthy foods. I was so busy taking care of a toddler and an infant, that I would often times just shove any food I could find in my mouth when I had a free moment. Things like chips, chocolate, or donuts are so easy to just open and eat on the run, but they are not healthy for you, and will make you feel awful about yourself. Eating healthy really helps you to feel your best.
- Stock up on Poise Pads. Now that I have had two children, let’s just say that I have a hard time laughing, running, coughing, sneezing, etc., without a little bladder leakage. Pregnancy really did a number on my body, and for a long time I let it hold me back. I used to stay home because I was afraid I would be out somewhere with the kids, and have an accident, and that was just really embarrassing and something I tried to avoid as much as I could. I have come to realize, though, that I am missing out on so many fun activities with my kids, and I am keeping them from doing them as well. I don’t want to live my life like that, so now, I put my trust in Poise Maximum Absorbency Pads, specifically designed for bladder leakage.
Did you know that 1 in 3 women experience light bladder leakage? I’m glad to know I’m not alone! Poise Maximum Absorbency Pads have an Absorb-Loc® core that quickly locks away wetness and odor, and Leak-Block® sides that give you discreet and worry free protection. If that wasn’t enough already, they also have a Dry-Touch® layer that helps to keep you feeling dry and fresh. Poise pads instantly absorb wetness, so they stay 3X drier than leading period-only pads.
Now that I know I am protected from embarrassing bladder leakages situations, my confidence has come back and I am enjoying spending time with my friends and family. Before using Poise Maximum Absorbency Pads, I would either make up some excuse to stay home, or I would leave the party early because I just couldn’t relax. Now, I have no worry on my mind and stay at the party for as long as I want!
I have enjoyed shopping at Sam’s Club for many years. I love that I can stock up on the items I use on a daily basis, including Poise Maximum Absorbency Pads. They are one thing that I never want to be caught without!