Taryn Brumfitt loves her post-pregnancy body
You might feel pressure to bounce back to your pre-baby body, but you’ll be happier and healthier if you cut yourself some slack.
Dieting and going to the gym didn’t work, so she saw a plastic surgeon to discuss a breast augmentation and tummy tuck. “A couple of weeks later, I was watching Mikaela play and I had an epiphany – I thought, ‘How am I going to teach her to love her body if I can’t love myself?’ It was a turning point.”
Brumfitt then founded the Body Image Movement, an organisation that’s working to overhaul society’s ideals of beauty, and she has some powerful advice for other new mums. We’re bombarded by so many messages telling us that looking toned brings happiness, but Brumfitt says it’s important to remember our bodies do a lot more than just look good.
Shift your perspective
“My body is healthy and I am able to do anything I want to do,”
Most of us won’t go from body concern to body celebration overnight, so Brumfitt advises taking baby steps towards body confidence. For her, that meant banning herself from pinching her tummy or saying nasty things into the mirror. “My body is healthy and I am able to do anything I want to do,” she says. “I had to tap into a place of gratitude and perspective about my issues of loathing my body.”
Fuelling your body with nourishing foods will give you energy to tackle being a mum.
“All mums should eat a wide variety of foods every day to give their body the energy it needs to look after their kids,” says accredited Bupa dietitian Rosalyn D’Angelo. “This includes plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole-grain foods, lean meat, fish, chicken, legumes and reduced-fat dairy.”