Being Yummy AND Mummy

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So you’re a new Mummy! Congratulations!! But let’s face it, in those early days of motherhood just having a shower and washing your hair can feel like a major accomplishment. Finding the time and the energy to get back to your regular beauty routine is most likely going to be feel like the last thing in the world you can be bothered with.

Gone are the days when you can lay in the bath with a book for an hour with a face mask on. Now it’s all about the three minute shower you rush to have whilst baby is napping! Once Josh came along I was less conscious about how I looked, although I certainly still made a bit of an effort. Once baby arrives though, there are more important things to worry about. But still having that bit of a beauty routine and keeping on top of these things goes a long way in helping you feel like you again

Once I’d really started to recover from labour and my C Section, I longed to get back to a bit of normality and get my beauty regime back. Of course being a new Mummy means you might have to adapt things a bit to fit in with your new lifestyle, and by no means am I saying this should take away from your time as a Mummy, but it doesn’t mean you have to let a bit of pampering fall to the wayside.  You can still feel glamourous even as a sleep deprived new Mummy.

Shower, Shower, Shower

Make sure you shower every single day! It can be so easy in the very early days to fall into that trap of skipping a shower because you’re exhausted, and out of sync with the sleep deprivation, but don’t let it happen. Even if you have to have the quickest shower in the world, those three minutes can feel wonderful and make you feel human and ready to face the day again.

Morning Routine

One thing I managed to maintain after having Josh was a bit of a morning routine.  It’s only generally 20 minutes but in that time I shower, wash my face, get dressed, do my hair and put on a bit of make up. I am very very lucky that Josh naps in the morning for a good 40 minutes so I have time to do this, and I know this may change at any time. But if are able to do this it makes you feel a bit more human and like yourself again.  It might only be 15-20 minutes but it still counts as a bit of you time.

Skin care

Pregnancy and having the baby can make your skin go crazy; thanks to those good old hormones!! Stick to your age old favourite products and stock up on them so you don’t have to scrimp on how much you use. For me, I love the Superdrug B Beautiful Skincare range and use their micellar water and also their refreshed essence lotion which is actually more of a liquid that you put on your skin before moisturiser. As for moisturiser, I always used Lancôme Hydra Zen Day Cream, but recently on a whim I bought some of the Aldi Caviar Illuminating face cream and Oh My God, it is AMAZING! It’s only £6.99, it’s thick and luxurious and I absolutely love it!

Beauty Sleep

I know this irritates some people when this is said, but please do nap when the baby naps. The magic 20 minutes of rest can help you feel human again and stop you from having an overtired hormonal meltdown! I won’t nag anymore on this subject, but please do try!

Get your hair done

After a few weeks, when you’re feeling ready and up to it, go to the hairdressers. It will make you feel like a new woman. I loved going to get my hair done after having Josh; it was a great excuse to have a hot cup of tea, read the latest crappy magazines and have a little pamper. We’ve been through labour; we deserve this! As my friend put it “it’s hard to be happy in life with bad hair”.

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Before and After!

Basic Make Up is Key

Applying a full face of make up is the last thing any mum can be bothered to do; no matter how good you’re feeling.  Stick to basic classics; a highlighting foundation, under – eye concealer (standard, now you’re a new mum), a bit of blush and the absolute essential , mascara!! If you can only be bothered to put on one item of make up, make it mascara. I couldn’t live without it and my new favourite is Maybellines the Falsies Push Up mascara and you can see below how it looks before use, with one coat and with two coats. It’s a god send and manages to make me look awake even if I’ve only had four hours sleep!

Keep the hands young

Once you have a baby you seem to wash your hands fifty thousand times more than you ever used to, and in turn this totally dries them out. I’ve taken to keeping handcream dotted around the house; by the sinks, on my bedside table, and in the changing bag. Every time you see it, put some on and that should prevent any dried out and wrinkly hands.

Paint Your Nails

I know it sounds like the impossible; doing your nails whilst having a baby to look after is no mean feat. You’ll manage to do one coat before baby will kick off and you’ll have to pick him up which will result in smudged nails and an irritated mummy! I read one tip which I just love; it may literally take all day but try doing them a stage at a time. So when munchkin is having a morning nap do one coat, leave it to dry then do the next coat during babies afternoon nap and finish off in the evening when baby has gone to bed. If that all sounds like a bit of a palaver then invest in one of the 60 second dry varnishes from Rimmel; they are my personal favourite and come in loads of colours and are touch dry within 60 seconds!  A top coat, if you have the time (and patience) can make them last even longer.

Treat Yourself

Once your little one arrives it’s all baby, baby, baby! Make the time to treat yourself – you’ve just had a baby you deserve it. And thank god for online shopping which can make a night feed far more interesting. Treat yourself to nice new changing bag (I am in love with the PacAPods), or some nice maternity underwear; it doesn’t all have to be shapeless and boring, there are some gorgeous nursing bras out there and many come with matching knickers. Elle Macpherson does a gorgeous range and there are loads on Figleaves so have a nose and pass the time on those long night feeds in a far more appealing way!

As a new mum, especially for the first time, it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost yourself a bit. Your body has been taken over by your baby for the last nine months and is now on tap, literally, for feeding. But it’s important to have a bit of time for you, and a bit of a girly pamper. It will cheer you up and everyone knows a happy mummy equals a happy baby. Don’t feel guilty because you long to have a bath or paint your toenails; it’s not selfish, you’re human and we all need that bit of escapism at times. Being a new Mum is magical but it can also be overwhelming and it’s important to have a bit of time for you sometimes too, even if it’s just a half hour bubble bath! Don’t let anyone make you think it makes you any less of a mummy;  indulge and enjoy you gorgeous yummy mummies!

Fi xx

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119 thoughts on “Being Yummy AND Mummy

  1. Great post, I couldnt agree more! You totally lose yourself for the fist few months (maybe even the 1sy year!) after having a baby so its really important to take some time for you. I love the underwear tips, I had no idea Elle Macpherson did a maternity range so Ill be heading over to check those out very soon. If you havent already discovered Seche Vite fast drying nail varnish top coat then check it out now, its a total game changer for mums! Emily #KCACOLS

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    1. I agree honey – it takes a while to get back to yourself! Oh yes do check it out – beaut underwear! And I’m now going to look for that top coat! Thanks for the tip honey xx #KCACOLS

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  2. I loved reading this Fi! I too have tried so hard to maintain a daily shower and beauty routine since having my little one. A shower is a daily must, if I miss it (which is rare) I feel disgusting for the whole day and not awake either. I love using the Origins range, and use their Cheeks and Balances face wash, their Morning Moisturiser and Evening Moisturiser, I am also a fan of their tinted moisturiser too which is great for holiday or to quickly slap on make-up and moisturiser at the same time. I try every week to paint my nails, I used to run the nail painting gauntlet – could I get a whole set of nails painted before the baby woke up. You are right, once you have a baby your body and mind goes through so much, that we all need a bit of pampering in our lives to make us feel slightly more normal. Thanks so much for linking up again at #fortheloveofBLOG, Claire x

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  3. This is such a brilliant list – I could really relate to everything on it! I found it so important to have a (quick) morning routine, have a shower and put on my face so that I could feel a little bit human. So true what you say about the hands too – mine are terrible and I hardly ever paint my nails although it’s always on my list! I really need to get more hand cream. I shop in Aldi all the time and have never bought that cream but I can’t wait to try it. Great post xx #KCACOLS

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  4. I think unfortunately as mums whatever age our babies are we put ourselves at the bottom of our priority list, but it’s so important to schedule in some ‘me’ time #KCACOLS

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  5. All very true. I also have the Superdrug Micellar water and I’m defo getting that cream from Aldi! A great reminder to us all to look after ourselves as it’s always the first thing to go. It does make a world of difference. #KCACOLS

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  6. Great tips. I’ve seen this cream in Aldi and wondered if it’s any good, I may just have to purchase it the next time i’m there. I always try to paint my nails and have discovered a great top coat from Sally Hansen called Insta-Dri your nails are literally dry in 2 mins, it’s amazing! x #KCACOLS

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  7. I’m going to keep an eye out for that cream when I go to Aldi it sounds like something my dry skin needs! When I first had my daughter I found it quite easy to get my appearance up it was as she got older I started having issues! #kcacols

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  8. I’m not your target audience but I can second the call to look after your hands. A combination of cold weather, Milton and washing up led to very painful cracked and bleeding hands for the two of us!

    #KCACOLS

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  9. Oh yes, lately I have felt like absolute rubbish, which in turn takes its toll on my confidence as a woman and parent. I recently started an exercise class and shortly after felt the need to go out and buy some new make up finally! It’s so nice to spend a bit of time taking care of myself instead of looking after others always.
    #KCACOLS
    Tori
    http://www.themamanurse.com

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  10. This is great Fi, it is easy to get into really bad routines after having a baby (trust me nearly 6 years later I am just trying to find myself again!) And on you sleep when baby sleep comment…DO IT! Because when baby #2 comes along that isn’t even an option! #KCACOLS xx

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  11. I hate the days when I don’t have time to wash my hair. I just don’t feel ready for the day. I think it really is important to have a little part of the day to yourself. With two it becomes even harder, but you can still manage. You just have to get quicker with the mascara! @KCACOLS

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  12. For ages after my first I put anything that resembles self care on the back burner. I now know that thats not the best idea and everyones better off if I feel good!:)

    mainy – myrealfairy

    #KCACOLS

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  13. Eek. I never really did this before kids (well, apart from the showering every day 😂). After kids… well let’s just say I have worn make up less than 5 times since 2011 and maybe had my hair done twice? I do still shower every day though! Good tips though ☺#KCACOLS

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    1. It is tough babe especially at the beginning – sometimes I do the same, wait till hubs is home but rather than a rushed shower make the most of him being here and have a long hot bath!! xx #KCACOLS #triblallove

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