What you wear might not top of your list of priorities when you are taking care of a new baby. However, taking time to choose the right kind of clothing for your postpartum body is anything but vain – in fact, it is essential.
No matter how you gave birth, the first six weeks following the event are a recovery period where the body goes through a remarkable healing process, appearing to transform before your very eyes. This dramatic physical change and the psychological effect it can have on women has long been glossed over, but new mothers who are prominent in the media are now drawing attention to the reality of postpartum figures through bold social media campaigns such as Katy Perry’s decision to post a full body selfie just four days after giving birth.
Honour your amazing postpartum body by dressing in clothes that are first and foremost practical and comfortable but also keep you feeling happy and confident. Parenthood has a challenge for every joyful moment, so arm yourself with a wardrobe fit for the fight and free up more time to spend with your precious new baby.
Get Stretchy Basics
Start with the most obvious need – elasticated fabric. The first few days and weeks following the birth will see your body shrinking as your uterus returns to its normal size and you lose water retention, but it will be a long time before you are back in your favorite pair of skinny jeans. Most women gain around 12kg of baby weight during pregnancy and it could take months to shift. Stock up on stretchy basics like vest tops, skirts, and leggings that will change shape as your body does. Why not make it fun and co-ordinate with your baby’s clothing? You could match your loungewear with a baby swaddle sleeping bag – that kind of organization is bound to impress your guests!
Think Loose and Accessible
Comfort is key, especially when you are doing quick outfit changes or enjoying a much-needed sit down during naptime. Breastfeeding is frequent with newborns so choose easy-access tops such as button-down shirts and tops with a loose neckline. Particularly during the summer, go for lightweight floaty skirts and loose trousers made out of cool breathable fabrics.
Use Nursing Bras
In the first couple of weeks after your baby is born your breasts are going to throw you some curve balls. Swollen, aching, and leaking without warning, you won’t want to try to fit into your pre-pregnancy lingerie, and constant breastfeeding can leave your boobs sore and dry and easily irritated by synthetic fabrics. Invest in a few nursing bras which give you some support without any uncomfortable underwire and the comfort of cooling material as opposed to itchy lace. Sleep in them and even wear them throughout the day if and when needed – these are your guardian angels.
Buy Something Fun
Give yourself a confidence boost and splurge on something fancy to wear when you are out and about. It doesn’t have to be expensive but having a couple of items that give you confidence is really important for your mental health during this phase of feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. Glamorous can still be comfortable – think silky maxi-dress or an indulgent cashmere jumper.