4 Easy Style Hacks to Conceal the Mommy Tummy
I suffer from a bad case of diastasis recti, where my abs split down the middle during my first pregnancy. I still measure about 15-20 weeks "pregnant" according to my OB.
Diastasis Recti is common in mothers who carry multiples. Although we wished for twins, I delivered all single babies.
I'll never forget my first time back to grocery shopping after my sweet girl, ReiAnn, was born. She was about 3 weeks old and we decided to go shopping at the Commissary on base.
I got a few stares; but they were probably checking out a new mother with her newborn bundle of joy.
Then, we make it to the checkout line. My husband, Josh, was putting all the groceries we picked up onto the conveyor belt for the cashier to ring us up. I'm standing next to the credit card swipe machine and ReiAnn was in her carseat inside the shopping cart, fast asleep.
"Oh, you're so cute! Look at that belly! Is it a boy or a girl?"
With a confused look between the baby girl in the carrier sound asleep and the beaming face of the lady ringing up our groceries, my first thought was, "can we not do math?"
I politely answered with a "no, I'm not pregnant anymore...I just delivered her 3 weeks ago."
Girl, I can't make up stuff like this! Seriously, easy math! I have a newborn baby right here with me and I'm apparently pregnant enough to be asked its gender.
It didn't stop there. I was asked DAILY! Multiple times a day. For the next four years.
I was embarrassed. I don't know who I was more embarrassed for: myself or the other person asking me whose face is now beat red and wants to run away and hide.
I despised going out to places where I needed to dress up. A girl who once loved her dresses and fun, flirty skirts had been transformed back to her youth when fashion was not a concept that registered inside her brain. A little girl who hid behind baggy jeans and over-sized tees.
I lived in my maternity clothes post partum.
After entering the fashion world and becoming a professional stylist, I learned an incredible amount about flattering your body with the right clothing choices. Not only was I living in the most comfortable, non-maternity clothes, I was embracing my mommy body.
A mother should feel proud of her body. This body she sacrificed to bring life into this world. I look at my body and I'm proud of the person staring back at me in the mirror. This woman who brought the children I so dearly love into my life.
Embracing the mom bod was just the first step. Next, I discovered ways to conceal this mommy tummy and bring back my confidence again. It's been several months since anyone has asked or made a statement about my midsection.
With these simple, easy to implement style tips you can quickly regain the confidence you once had. Embrace the mom bod and love yourself.
Also, I like to kindly remind the Blossoms in our community that you're beautiful. You have this wonderful mommy belly because you brought into this world a beautiful life.
God made you...
and He never makes mistakes.
I accepted the mom body, the fact that the way I look wasn't really going anywhere and then implemented these very simple style hacks into my life.
I have regained my confidence. I step with purpose. And, I'm loving the way I look again.
How to Hide The Mommy Tummy
Are you ready to try implementing some of these style hacks?
Obviously, the easiest place to start will be inside your very own closet. Find the pieces that follow the style hacks mentioned above and start curating them into beautiful outfits.
However, if you find that your closet is lacking heavy prints, darker tones, flowy and fun or layering in style pieces, Blossom Life Style is ready to help!
As the Head Stylist, I'm ready to work with you one-on-one to help curate the most confident closet you stepped into.
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