Jun 3, 2012

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Overcoming The Yummy-Mummy Syndrome


You happen to be a new mum – congratulations!

From what I’ve heard, been told and seen, possessing a infant is a life changing encounter with lots of multi-tasking responsibilities. But with the extended nights and days, never-ending feedings, extremely little sleep and nappy modifications in between – there are also several priceless moments and milestones along the way.

With our celebrity obsessed society, there too comes a downside. The term yummy-mummy has entered the scene and whoever coined this terminology has put a lot of pressure on girls to be just that!

I couldn’t consider of anything worse than feeling the pressure to lose weight after possessing a infant and appear like you have it all together. Unless you were genetically blessed like Gisele Bundchen or Heidi Klum who graced the catwalk weeks right after giving birth, then ‘bouncing back’ to your earlier weight might be a big job for your body. Not only that, celebrities also have a helping hand to do their everyday chores and somehow miraculously restore their physique and image after giving birth, permitting them to look polished when they step out once more.

Can you think about the sheer delight of millions of girls who would have breathed a sigh of relief when Jessica Alba recently announced that her “… breasts are saggy, I’ve got cellulite, my hips are bigger… each actress out there is far more lovely than me.” Oh, I feel I just heard every person moan and roll their eyes.

I have not been in the position of the latter – but feel as although I currently have, from listening to friends’ and colleagues’ conversations on the rude awakening of life following the baby is born. Some have a individual trainer on speed dial, other individuals have made counting calories seem like religion. Kudos to these mums who enable mother-nature to take its course and enable their bodies to go back to what it was, or accept their new shape.

But one could also argue that the last point on a new mum’s agenda is to be body conscious when they ought to be spending their waking hours with the child. The wonderful news is that you are allowed to take some time out to re-group, even if a couple of hours of ‘Me’ time is resonated with some form of guilt.


Right here are some grooming and transitional wardrobe ideas collected, thanks to some of the great mums I have spoken to. With these, you will undoubtedly have time to treat oneself to a coffee, cake and a magazine! Don’t forget, every physique is gorgeous.

1. Keep your make up routine simple: a tinted moisturiser can be applied on the go, and unlike foundation, does not want to be applied perfectly. This will give you the colour and glow you require when in a rush.

2. Tinted lip gloss: you do not need a mirror to put this on. Alternatively apply a red lipstick for instant self-confidence.

3. Hold your nails short and keep your polish neutral – you are going to appear groomed all the time.

four. Printed tops will hide any stains, and choose supplies that do not demand ironing. Go for a tunic style to generate a longer silhouette. Add a pair of leggings and flat shoes for a comfy but smart day-time look.

5. Shape wear underwear: for instant self-confidence and for a seamless finish under your clothes.

6. Getting a poor hair day? Why not place your hair up and add some sparkling accessories from clips to hair bands.

7. Go for comfortable clothes and do not try and fit into your old clothes – you will only really feel worse. These will give you that added bulge you want to camouflage.

8. Comfy shoes – Unless you are a celebrity mum and want to makes positive you appear excellent for the paparazzi, pushing a pram in heels may be a bit awkward (unless you are of course Sarah Jessica Parker).

9. Dry shampoo is a life saver and fantastic for in-in between washes.

10. Dark sunnies for these extended nights you stayed awake to hide your beneath eye bags.

11. Tint your lashes so you’ll never have to worry about re-applying mascara. You’ll be ready to go anytime.


12. Maintain cuts basic. Locate a wonderful cut blazer you can put on with jeans so you look polished straight away.

13. Splurge on some thing nice you don’t only need to have to acquire infant-related stuff. Invest in a beautiful bag massive adequate for bub and mum’s stuff – nappies and all!

14. Final but not the least, go out with the girls!

And much more great news, the better you really feel, the better time you will have with your loved ones, who will really like you for it. Now this is what I call a Content Mummy!

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