The advice I received from nearly everyone when I came home from the hospital was, “don’t worry about what you look like, just sleep.” It was recommended to me not to worry about taking showers or to even attempt to keep the house clean. And for many new mothers, this is probably good advice so you don’t feel overwhelmed, but it left me feeling lazy, unattractive and unproductive. I was already coping with a vastly different body, some serious sleep deprivation, and raging postpartum hormones. What I came to realize was that what I need was to get back to feeling like me again.
Here are the four things that I did that helped me start to feel like my pre-pregnancy self again:
1. Take a Shower 1 of 4This may just be me, but when I go unshowered, it makes me feel like a zombie. Whenever I am sick, I feel infinitely better when I drag myself into the shower for a few minutes. The only problem is when I am sick I don't want to move to save my life! But the moment I decide to walk the abysmal 10 steps to my bathroom, and turn on the hot water, I instantly start to feel more like me.
2. Get Your Hair Done 2 of 4
3. Put on a Little Makeup 3 of 4
4. Get Dressed 4 of 4
These are four ways that help me feel more like me. But I would love to hear what you all do or did, or plan to do to help yourself feel better after having a baby?
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