When You Don’t Have Time to Shower: 3 Quick Tricks to Feel Prettier as a Brand-New Mom
I had vowed not to become the stereotypical new mom: oversized t-shirt, yoga pants, ponytail, dazed look, coffee mug in hand.
But two weeks into my life as a new mom, I hardly had the energy to get up off the couch, let alone shower or put on makeup. Most days, I was lucky to brush my teeth.
Eventually, through trial and error, I identified several quick tricks that instantly made me feel more confident about myself and even more energetic as a new mom. (It sounds crazy, but it’s true!)
If you’re in that place as a new mom (or even as a more veteran mom), here are 3 quick ways to feel pretty without much effort:
Put on some lipstick.
A simple dab of color will work wonders. I dug up a tube that I had ignored before because it was too bright for everyday wear, but it became my favorite shade post-partum. Even if you’re not leaving the house, put on some rouge and flash a smile. The smile alone will help boost your confidence.
Wear a pretty bra
Sometimes yoga pants are an unavoidable reality. One way to feel pretty in stretchy pants is to wear dressy undergarments. One of the best financial investments I made those first 6 weeks post-partum was buying a pretty polka dot nursing bra with a satin bow. It may sound frivolous, but that one garment made a world of a difference, especially since I spent the better half of my day with my bra exposed.
Spend 10 minutes on your hair
I was a fan of the ponytail years before having a baby. In fact, it’s still my go-to style on a bad hair day, and my baby’s 7 months old. But I’ll never forget the day I spent just 10 minutes blow-drying my hair with a round brush—I felt ready to walk into an interview. Even my husband noticed and complemented me several times over dinner. So give your hair some TLC. Even if you don’t have a full 10 minutes to devote to your tresses (or you simply haven’t showered), try tying it up with a bow, wearing it in pigtails, or weaving a messy braid. Something as simple as a new hairdo works wonders.
Remember that this is a special time for you and your baby to bond and recover. Give yourself time and grace. No one’s expecting you to strut the runway or land the cover of Vogue. Focus on enjoying every moment with your baby and look for the little things that will go a long way to making you a more confident mom.
What’s your go-to trick for feeling instantly prettier?
This is a guest post by Asheritah. Asheritah is a Romanian-American blogger who’s married to her middle school sweetheart and has a blast raising their daughter. In between loads of laundry, full-time HR work, and daily chaos, Asheritah blogs at onethingalone.com where she inspires women to sit at the feet of Jesus so they can dwell with him deeply, love others recklessly, and live their lives fully.
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