When you’ve just given birth, it can be tough to turn away from grocery store tabloids. You know what we’re talking about: the ones with recently postpartum yet impossibly svelte celebrities, who claim that a little diet and exercise was all it took to get there.

Seeing those images when you might be feeling a little less gorgeous can be difficult. But remember that these women are professionally beautiful, and they pay top dollar to be primped and prepped for every camera. Plus, while losing baby weight may not be easy for anyone, it’s probably less challenging for women with their own personal trainers.

You’re already a new mom, which is wondrous in itself. But if you’re still feeling a little self-conscious about your post-baby body, we have some ideas for looking good and feeling great.

Hairy Issues

Thinner hair is a common complaint among women who’ve given birth. Not everyone experiences it, but women who do typically start losing locks about three months after giving birth. Hair loss can be damaging to your self-esteem, but it can also be downright scary to experience.

The good news is, it’s totally normal. During pregnancy, your body was churning with hormones that cause increased hair growth, but those levels naturally level off after birth. Eventually, you’ll see new growth, but you can take some steps to help the process along. Maintaining a healthy diet is key for everyone’s health, but especially a new mom’s, and it’s not a bad idea to get your vitamin levels checked too. For a quick fix, don’t discount the magic of thickening conditioners and volumizing sprays.=

Loosening Up

Pushing a human being through your vaginal canal is no small feat. Once you’ve given birth, your vagina might look and function differently than it did before. You might struggle with incontinence, for example, or notice a lack of tightness. (And if you’re breastfeeding your newborn, vaginal dryness can also be an issue.) If these changes impact your life or are distressing, consider the benefits of nonsurgical rejuvenation, which can restore tightness and rectify dryness issues.

Weighty Matters

We pay lots of attention to shedding post-baby weight, but being postpartum is more than a numbers game. Even if you exercise regularly and monitor your diet, your body has probably changed in ways that aren’t as easily quantified. Some parts might appear fuller, for example, or you might carry weight in ways you never did before.

Every little part of that is OK. Plenty of women report these changes after birth, but any change can be hard, especially in our bodies. You might want to talk with your doctor about weight concerns, but if you’d like to work on acceptance, that’s great too. A good place to start might be with gratitude for what you already like about yourself. Celebrating the positive is powerful, and from there, you can start to embrace other aspects too.

Whether you want to make changes or learn to accept what you’ve got, it’s all up to you. Just like you know what’s best for your new baby, you also know what’s best for your own body.

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