Keep Expectations Low
Contrary to popular belief and what the media puts out, you won’t simply “bounce back” after child birth. Meaning, you can’t expect to leave the hospital in your pre-pregnancy jeans. It took your body 9 months to go through the changes to accommodate your baby; you can expect it will take some time to get your body back.
Put that celebrity magazine down. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Instead, embrace your new body and love yourself as you are. You have created a miracle within your body.
Similarly, don’t expect to be perfect. It’s going to take a lot of learning and growing together with your baby before you start to feel comfortable with motherhood. There will even be things you are never perfect with. Don’t be too hard on yourself.