“Postpartum is a quest back to yourself. Alone in your body again. You will never be the same, you are stronger than you were.” -Amethyst Joy
The changes your body goes through while growing a human being are many, and they don’t stop after that baby arrives. Dressing my body after giving birth was a challenge. I don’t yet fit into my pre-baby clothes but I also don’t fit my maternity items (and if you’re anything like me you want to chuck them all out the window after that final month.)
Your chest is growing and fluctuating as your milk comes in to feed your little one, your hips are wider- everything is a bit softer. The good news? You don’t have to completely sacrifice your style or your identity even though you and your body have changed. Yes, those first few days I wore my husband’s t-shirts and my maternity leggings because that is what I needed, I am not recommending you prioritize style when you’re first caring for a newborn.
What I am suggesting is that, when you’re ready, you put together a mini capsule of comfortable clothing that make you feel good. Those early days are hard enough and for me dressing in my husband’s clothes made me feel down and not like myself. Taking just a few minutes to shower, brush my teeth and put on something comfortable yet beautiful made all the difference.
A capsule makes it easier to get dressed and ready. Focus on what fits you right now not what you hope to fit into soon. Find things that are nursing friendly and that you feel good in. Add and remove items as your body grows and changes in these next few months.
Some of my go to items right now? Long t-shirts, black leggings, jeggings, long tank tops for when I need to nurse in public, button ups and soft sweatshirts with embroidery.
Be kind to your changing body, it just did something amazing.