How to Feel Good After Having a Baby

LOFT Tunic | Fall StyleI posted my last pregnancy outfit earlier this week, and now it’s time to face the facts. I have a cute squishy baby and a squishy postpartum body I’m learning to love. I’ve been living in leggings.

Between my postpartum leggings and this pair of athletic leggings I have a very basic wardrobe on rotation, and I’ve been keeping it pretty casual at home.

One recent post-baby purchase I’ve made has been this tunic from LOFT. It’s so soft and cozy, and is the perfect length to wear with leggings. It’s been my go-to piece to pair with my leggings for when I want to feel a little more dressed up.

There have been a few tips I read before having Benjamin which have been helpful in my recovery. The best tips have been: sleep when possible, get out of the house early and often, set small goals, and get ready every day.

Getting ready looks different on different days, and happens at varying times depending on the day. Sometimes getting ready means changing from my pajamas into my ‘daytime leggings’ and a sweatshirt. Other days it means curling my hair and spending extra time on my makeup.

Some days I get ready after Benjamin’s first feeding when he’s down for his morning nap. Other days we take a morning nap together and I don’t get ready until closer to lunch.

I’ve been trying to take things slowly and not put too much pressure on myself to do too much in these early weeks. I keep telling myself that Benjamin will never be as small as he is right now in this moment, and trying to soak up every little snuggle.

When I want to feel good about myself I try to dress up a little bit. It can be hard to make leggings feel dressy when they’re so comfortable, but I love how this tunic turns leggings into an outfit. I wore this outfit to church last weekend, and it was fun to pull out my leopard booties and feel a little fancy.

It had been at least six weeks since Mathew and I took blog photos, and so it took a little while for us to find our groove again with the camera. And even editing photos I was thinking that I might need to find some new angles while I adjust to my post-baby body, but then I stopped myself.

It’s been just over a month since I gave birth. Life is messy, and so is the business of bringing life into this world. Postpartum life is a bit messy. There’s a messy recovery, messy newborn diapers, messy spitup sessions, and messy emotions. My body will take a while to bounce back, and even so, it won’t ever be quite the same as before my pregnancy.

Feeling good after baby is more than putting on a cute outfit, although there is a positive relationship between getting ready and feeling good. It’s also an attitude. And right now it’s an attitude I have to choose again at the start of each day. Some days it’s easier than others.

LOFT Tunic | Fall Style

LOFT Tunic | Fall Style

LOFT Tunic | Fall Style

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LOFT Tunic | Fall Style

LOFT Tunic | Fall Style

LOFT Tunic | Fall Style

LOFT Tunic | Fall Style

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LOFT Tunic | Fall Style

LOFT Tunic | Fall Style

Outfit Details: tunic – LOFT | high waist/ postpartum leggings – Blanqi (get 20% off here) | leopard booties – Ann Taylor, similar | sunglasses – Target | felt hat – similar | lipstick: L’Oreal Infallible Paints in Spicy Blush

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Cheers,

Britney

  • You look great! And I think this is a healthy and realistic approach to life after baby. It is hard and beautiful and all the emotions, ha!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style