True & Co. are a company on a mission to build a community of empowered, supportive women by creating bras inspired by them. Their goal is to make every woman feel comfortable and confident in their body. They wantÂ to inspire women to influence their own community to better love themselves. One way this can be done is through self love.
After recently discovering them, I was keen to share their message. Over the past year my body has changed in more ways than I ever thought possible. Firstly, having a baby is a massive change. The stretching of your skin and the continuous changing shape of your body. And then comes the time of getting used to a post-baby body and accept that it has changed from how it was pre-pregnancy. I was eager to share with my readers how I’m keen to develop my body positivity post-natally and how closely this is linked with self-love.
True and co. feature this true affirmations graphic. I’ve decided to pick out a few that resonate the most with me that I want to discuss in relation to this.
Be mindful of my thoughts & show my body gratitude
From as long as I can remember, I’ve always been quite negative of myself. I’m not entirely sure why, it is just the way it has been. And that has definitely been the case with my body. My main issue, like with a lot of women, has always been my tummy. However, during pregnancy, I fully embraced my growing tummy. After all, it was carrying a tiny human inside, and keeping her safe! You may remember me sharing plenty of bump selfies, like the one I included in my June Faves. And now, I have a bit of a ‘mum tum’. But rather than see it as a negative thing, I see it as something that is positive – looking at it makes me realise what an amazing job my body did in growing my lovely daughter. I will be eternally grateful for this. By thinking positively rather than negatively really helps improve my mental health so I’m eager to remain mindful of my thoughts especially in relation to my body.
Start the thing, but be okay with failing
So even though I’m fully accepting of how my body changed throughout my pregnancy, I know I need to make changes in my life. That is through regular exercise and diet. I want to be in the best possible health for caring for my daughter now, and as she gets older. I need to show my body respect and treat it well. 11 weeks after giving birth, I know I need to start soon. Whilst I try my best to eat a balanced diet I have the biggest weakness for sweet things. Whilst it is fine to have a treat every now and then, I realise I do need to cut down. Exercise-wise, I need to find ways to get fit around caring for a newborn. Whether this is more walks with the pushchair or exercising in the house, I will find a way. However, I know I can’t be too harsh on myself – that isn’t self love. Some days I may be able to exercise and eat healthily. Other days this may simply not happen. I need to accept this and stay positive. There will be good days and bad. I just need to try my absolute best.
Not compare myself with others
As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy”. And how true is that?! In this day and age, surrounded by social media, it is so hard not to compare yourself to others. Whether its models on Instagram or simply friends on Facebook showing off their bikini-bodies after a holiday, I need to make sure I don’t fall into the trap of comparison. At the end of the day, we all come in different shapes and sizes, and really need to embrace that. I’m happy enough being me and don’t need to spend my time wishing I looked like someone else.
So as you can see, I’m trying my best to be positive about my post-pregnancy body and practise self-love. How did you deal with the change in your body shape after having a baby? Did you embrace it and love yourself? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…