All moms here would agree with me that they hardly looked at the mirror during the first few days after childbirth. I did not even want to look at myself in the mirror. I had gained so much weight and I’m still fighting with it.
I still wore those oversized Kurtha’s that I was wearing during pregnancy. Until one day I decided that I really need to do something about it.
So here is my compilation of beauty tips, please feel free to disagree or add your tips:
Weight loss: I know it’s very hard and as a new mom it’s almost impossible to shed those pounds fast. Even I’m working very hard on this, as I think weight loss is more of a health issue than beauty tip.
Ill share my weight gain and weight loss story (I have lost very little) with you shortly. As its impossible to hit the gym, do all the baby work yourself, that’s the best gym you can find.
If people told you to eat a lot because your breastfeeding and that you lose weight breastfeeding. It’s not true for everyone. So watch what you eat, don’t overeat. Lactation will improve as you breastfeed often.
Skin Care: It’s again impossible to sit through a facial or apply all those packs and let it for drying.
So my advice, head to a dermatologist. My skin became really worse after childbirth, it was glowing during pregnancy. Also, breastfeeding causes acne in some people. So I started treatment with my dermatologist. They will just replace your face wash and daily use cream with a medicated one so it won’t take much effort.
Hair care: I had very bad dandruff due to all the stress and lack of sleep. Again I am getting treated for it, using an anti dandruff shampoo for it.
Makeup: If I start off with makeup, I would have kajal on my cheeks and lipstick on my forehead. Ok I’m exaggerating.. Just get yourself a nice Sheer powder like MAC Sheer pressed powder, a kajal and a lipbalm preferably tinted. So you’re done. I use Shahnaz Hussain kajal and Body Shop lipbalm.
Hairdo: Ok this one is the trickiest. A bad hair talks so much about you. I used to hardly have time to comb my hair, it used to get all knotted and dry. So I cut my hair short, shoulder length, just that I could wear a small ponytail. But then it looked too plain and short when I left it loose but it was very easy to manage.
I think for the first 3 months its ok as you won’t be leaving the house much. But as your baby gets bigger, it’s better to get a good haircut. Don’t hesitate to cut your hair shorter in the front. Else you will have the same look. As your returning from the parlor get a few pins, and pin up the hair in front when your at home. When your going out remove the pin. The entire boring mommy look will vanish.
Clothing: Pack up all your old clothes and put it in some unreachable place and look at the weighing scale. Promise yourself that you will take out those clothes when you go back to your pre-pregnancy weight. Get yourself few new clothes that fits well and that has buttons to make breastfeeding easier. If you’re stitching salwars, ask your tailor to button the salwar in front. Jeans and a nursing top are also ideal. Get yourself nice stoles and dupattas, they are your saviors.