I’ve never been one of those people whose body gracefully eased in and out of pregnancy. It hit me like a ton of bricks in every possible way and then it felt like it took forever to bounce back. No matter how full my heart was it was still hard to find patience and grace for my body. There were little gems that I did find along the way that made me feel better and were more forgiving of the extra weight my body was trying to drop. First of all, listen to me. Spanx are your best friend. Your best friend in the entire world. Not only do they keep things nice and packaged but the support just felt so good. Those muscles are so weak and recovering and spanx just know how to take care of the job. The next staple was lots and lots of midi/maxi dresses. Ones that were flowy and comfortable. Dresses that I could easily nurse in, recover in and still look like I attempted to get myself together that day. It just was so much easier to throw one of these on with a pair of flip flops and earrings and still feel human.
This was me one month postpartum with our third baby. We opted for an outdoor lifestyle session and it is still my favorite! This was a flowy midi dress that I had worn the summer before when I was 30 pounds lighter! How can you not love a dress like that!
Photograph by Melissa Manzione.
Today I put together a few gorgeous little pieces that I would highly recommend for a postpartum mother to wear at her own newborn session. You guys know how much I love clean, crisp, bright shoots. I think it is even more important and timeless to have a white gorgeous dress on as you hold your new baby. It allows you to make a statement about your style while keeping the picture clean so that the focus can be on your baby and those tiny little details you worked so hard on for 40 weeks. You don’t have to break the bank either to find something affordable and trendy. Just look at these…
I’ve always believed in being honest about motherhood. It takes so much more effort to hold it all in than it does to share your experience and let another mother feel comforted when she needs it the most. We’re all in this together, mamas. Hang in there!