Along with all the joy of discovering you will become a mother comes an inordinate amount of worry and anxiety. I’ve discovered from many conversations with new moms that a great deal of worry starts with the state of their bodies! Women worry about their strength, their weight, how their body will look and feel, and their sexuality. It seems so obvious to say that our bodies go through a metamorphosis, but rarely do we discuss how worrisome that can be to a woman and why.
Feeling this worry isn't shallow but is, in fact, a major factor in the process of becoming the new woman who is born when her baby is. Regardless of our past relationship with our physical bodies, watching them go through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period is a lot to process emotionally. Using two critical tools for any new mom, you can navigate this time of body uncertainty, changes, and even, discomfort.
It starts with mindfulness—bringing your attention to the moment, to your thoughts, and seeing them for what they are. In other words, you don’t have to "lose yourself" in emotions, but instead, observe what’s come up for you and simply be with it. When you’re more grounded using mindfulness, you are able to be resourceful and make the most of the tools you have.
Here are a few tips that harness mindfulness to help befriend your postnatal body: