Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding is the most challenging transformation your body will experience. And it can leave you feeling shattered. The body you once called home feels foreign, but just as you learn to be a mama, you must also learn to accept and love the new you.
It's time to get body-positive, mama, and we are here to help.
Challenge unhelpful thoughts - getting caught up in negative self-talk is easy, especially after your body has undergone so many changes. Rachel Goldman, PhD, a clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine in New York City, explains that replacing negative thoughts with positive ones isn't always the answer. Instead, "think of things that are more neutral because they're also more realistic,"
Focus on what your body is capable of - shift the focus from your body's appearance to an appreciation for how your body functions and what it does for you every day. And your body, mama has just grown a human. It doesn't get much better.
Practice affirmations - similar to your birth affirmation. Body affirmations are a tool you can call on for strength. Replace negative self-talk with one of your affirmations. It may feel awkward to begin with, but the more you practice, it will become second nature.
Wear maternity lingerie that makes you feel great- that bra you are squeezing into or swimming in will do nothing for your self-esteem. Lingerie is often forgotten, but this is the foundation of your outfit. Getting it right can do wonders for how you feel. The same goes for clothing. To find out what maternity bra is best for you, complete our Fit Quiz.
Be selective about who you follow on social media - fill your feed with people and brands that make you feel good. Alternatively, a social media detox could be a good idea.
We love designing maternity lingerie that empowers. Here are just a few customer reviews, that give us all the feels.
"Obsessed with this bra! I have it in 2 colours, it is so comfortable and makes me feel sexy in my changing body! So happy I found hotmilk 😍" - Ellmarina M.
Elle ordered - Heroine Plunge Maternity Bra
"I'm in love with this bra! I'm actually back buying the skin colored on right now! I was so tired of feeling unattractive with my una boob nursing bras. This is so sexy and I can still nurse comfortably. I highly recommend" - Isabella O.
Isabella ordered - Temptation Powder Maternity Bra
"Beautiful, functional bra! The lace is nice and soft and doesn't irritate my pregnant breasts. I love that it is built to expand with nursing so I was able to buy it during pregnancy and should be able to use it after birth. I feel pretty, comfortable, and supported." - Stef M
Stef ordered - Warrior Soft Cup Maternity Bra