Woman Body After Giving Birth

Real Talk: This Is Your Body After Giving Birth

Love it before, love it after.

Let’s just lay those fake social media images and happy videos to rest – your postpartum body isn’t going to look like it did before you were pregnant. After (a natural) birth, you may feel like your vagina is the size of a grapefruit or you may be too scared to move because you were opened from A to B and now have a gut full of staples or stitches holding you together. Whatever your experience was, know that it is normal to feel like you have been through the wringer. 

If, by chance, you are full of energy and all smiles, kudos to you – we all want to know your secret! Most of us will get home from the hospital and be completely lost on what to do with the baby, let alone know what to do with the raging hormones and a body that doesn’t look anything like it did before pregnancy. And that’s totally normal! It is important for you to know that you are not the only one who is feeling this way. 

Body After Birth

After a week or so of playing new mum, the expectation to ‘have it all together’ may creep in. In fact, I often get mothers wanting to know how long it will take them to get their pre-pregnancy body back. I’ve even had women as early as two days after the birth ask that question. The answer? Hold your horses for a bit!

It took you nine months to grow that bundle of joy, and your body has been through some major changes in order to carry that precious cargo. That means it will take (most) women a good nine months or more to get their body back into shape – and even then, it may never go back to what it once was. And that’s okay! Your body has done something truly amazing and you need to give it a bit of TLC both physically and mentally. Here are a few things that we don’t often get told before pregnancy – and that I wish I had known.

The Effect of Relaxin on Your Body

Just before your birth, a hormone called relaxin increases within your body to help relax the ligaments in your pelvis and soften the cervix to prepare you for the birth. This hormone will be released whether you give birth naturally or opt fo a caesarean. It can then remain in your body for up to 12 months post-birth, though for most women it stays for around five. Whilst it is released to help with the birth of your baby, it also relaxes other ligaments and joints throughout the entire body. 

A lot of women who I have trained (myself included) often have issues with the wrist and hip joints. Any type of physical activity involving pressure put through the hands, such as push-ups, are usually quite difficult and can be painful. Make sure to also steer clear from sumo or wide squats as your pelvis and hips have already widened somewhat. It is best to stick with hip-width stability exercises and look at building general strength rather than stretching things any further.  

Ab Separation / Diastasis Recti

Some time after birth, some mothers gain what we call the “mom pooch” or “mum pouch”.  It’s where the stomach muscles have relaxed so much that we get a protrusion of the abdominal wall and the belly sticks out, making some of us look like we are still three months pregnant. For most mums, as time goes on, this disappears as the ab separation closes. For others, the protrusion – and especially the stretched skin – can stay forever. The best thing for this is postnatal ab exercises and kegels. For the loose skin and stretch marks, massage some Bio-Oil onto your belly. 

Love Your Postpartum Bod

Your body has been through a journey for the past nine months. The best advice I can give you as a trainer and a mum is to give your body some love! 

love your body

You may find yourself looking in the mirror and feeling sad. I hear you – the extra weight, sleep deprivation, and who you were on the inside and out has now changed. If you feel any of this negativity creeping in, give these few tips a try to feel better about yourself: 

  • Stand naked in front of a mirror, smile, and hug your belly instead of shaming it.  
  • Thank your body for being strong enough to carry and grow your baby/babies.
  • Sleep and get some rest – the dishes can wait. 
  • Start your kegels as soon as you can.
  • Get dressed up and go out on date nights with your partner again.
  • Take some time out to do something that you like for yourself.

The more you cherish and look after yourself, the better the chance of recovering after birth and moving into motherhood with all its trials and tribulations.


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Top 10 Self-Care Tips for Busy Women

Feel better, today.

Whether you are a career woman or a hands-on homemaker, as a woman you will always have a lot on your plate. You keep overworking yourself to achieve ‘out of this world’ goals without even realising that you need a break once in a while. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and forget about taking care of yourself. We all know how challenging it can be to juggle work, family, and personal responsibilities. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and forget about taking care of ourselves. Self-care ends up coming last on your priorities when it really needs to be your top priority. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

If you’re one of those busy women who keep working round the clock be it at work or at home (or both), pause and ask yourself this, “When was the last time I took a break? When was the last time I felt like myself?”. Be honest with yourself and know that it’s okay if your answer ends up being, “Never.” Well, it’s not really okay for your long-term physical health, emotional well-being, and overall productivity, but it’s okay for you to be honest with yourself at this moment so you can become aware and start to do something about it. Remember, it’s never too late to make a change. And, today is as good as any day to make that change!

Making time for self-care doesn’t have to be a complex or expensive affair. It can be as simple as a ritual of deep and mindful breathwork or indulging in a long soak in the bath. We’ve curated a list of our favourite self-care activities and the things we love to indulge with and hope they inspire you too to do the same.

So, let’s dive into ten self-care tips every woman should follow to prioritise their well-being.

Get Enough Sleep

According to a UAE sleep survey, nearly 50% of respondents complained of not sleeping enough and waking in the middle of the night. Sleep is crucial for your mental and physical health and getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night is recommended to feel rested and refreshed the next day. Lack of sleep contributes to chronic stress which in turn can lead to a whole host of ailments such as heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, and depression.

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Wear Healing Crystals

Healing Crystals are natural semi-precious gems formed deep in the heart of the earth and have unique energy frequencies based on their molecular structure. Their energies can help unblock and recharge our energy centres for us to be and work at an optimal level and bring positive changes to our lives. It’s a form of wearable self-care. For instance, Rose Quartz and Amethyst crystal bracelets can help promote self-love, tranquillity, and spiritual growth.

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Amethyst Bracelet

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Purify Your Skin

Self-care also includes taking care of your skin. Did you know that Himalayan Salt is packed with over 84 trace minerals that are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory? It’s also an amazing purifier for your bedroom or office. Many skin conditions like acne are actually caused by bacteria that live on our skin and contribute to the infection of pimples.

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Amber Salt Lamp

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Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a powerful way to reduce stress and anxiety, increase happiness, and improve overall well-being. You can start with a simple practice of deep breathing or guided meditation, but if you’re looking for a more comprehensive tool, try The Keys To The Universe Cards. They offer guidance and action to accelerate your journey to awareness and enlightenment.

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Move Your Body

A lot of the time, when we think of self-care, we visualise things like sleeping in, taking a hot bath, finding “me” time in the day – basically, relaxing activities. Engaging in physical activity may not always be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of self-care but it is an excellent way to release endorphins and boost your mood. And, therefore working out or being active should definitely be on your self-care To-Do list. Movement is just another way to take care of your body and mind.

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Upgrade Your Nutrition

Eating a balanced and nutrient-rich diet is crucial to your overall health and well-being. Prioritise eating foods that fuel your body with vitamins, minerals, and energy. Add superfoods like leafy green vegetables, nuts, and berries to your meals. Also, adequate water and other fluids keep you hydrated and ensure your body has the hydration levels to run your body optimally.

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Connect with Nature

Spending time in nature can be a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. A meta-analysis of over 140 studies published in Environmental Research, for instance, found that green space exposure was associated with lowered cortisol levels, heart rate, and blood pressure—all signifying stress reduction—as well as reduced incidence of chronic health conditions like hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. So, take that walk in the park without thinking twice, go for a hike, or simply sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!

Practise Gratitude

Practising gratitude can help you focus on the positive aspects of your life and increase feelings of joy and contentment. Gratitude is not just something that you feel, it is something that can be expressed through actions, behaviours, and gestures. Your brain responds to this by releasing dopamine and serotonin, which can have a positive impact on your mood. Try writing down three things you’re grateful for each day or saying them out loud before bed.

Ask for Help

Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, or professionals for support when you need it. There are various support groups available in Dubai that focus on self-care and well-being. Here are some resources that can help you find a self-care support group that works for you:

Dubai Foundation for Women and Children: This organization provides support and resources for women and children who have experienced domestic violence or abuse. They offer counselling services, support groups, and workshops focused on self-care and empowerment.

The Light House Arabia: This mental health and wellness centre in Dubai offers various support groups and workshops focused on self-care, stress management, and mental health. They offer both in-person and online services.

Mind House: This online mental wellness platform offers various programs and support groups focused on self-care and mindfulness. They offer both group and individual sessions with trained professionals.

Meetup.com: This is a website that connects people with similar interests and hobbies, including self-care and wellness. You can search for local groups that focus on self-care, meditation, or other wellness practices.

When looking for a self-care support group, it’s important to consider what type of support you’re looking for, your schedule, and your preferences for in-person or online support. Don’t be afraid to try different groups until you find one that feels like the right fit for you.

So, there you have ten self-care tips every woman should follow to prioritise their well-being. Incorporating these can make a significant difference in your self-care routine. Remember, self-care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary!

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