How new moms can get their groove back after having a baby


Sassy tips to get your groove back

1 Hire a wardrobe stylist/personal shopper.

Your body has changed, but that should not discourage you from dressing like the pre-baby you. She's in there somewhere! The better you feel in your clothes, the better wife and mom you will be for your family. Hire a stylist who offers closet consultations and will escort you shopping or shop on your behalf. Nothing feels more glamorous than showing up at your favorite shop's dressing room that's filled with items hand-selected just for you! It's not as expensive as you think. Many stylists offer maternity and post-baby styling packages and will work within your budget.

2 Get Movin'

I know what you're thinking, hitting the gym is at the bottom of your list. Not interested in the gym? Go for a walk with baby or find a workout group like Active Moms Club. My only workout source for almost four years was exercising at home with DVDs like Turbo Fire, Turbo Jam and Physique 57. Find an at-home program that is intense enough to increase your heart rate and incorporates weight training.

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3 Hire a sitter

There is no better gift than giving yourself a break from baby, especially if you are a stay-at-home mom. Nothing creates burnout quicker than 24-hour mommy duty. Hire a sitter so you can work out, shop, sleep, run errands, have girl time, go to the spa, etc. Don't forget to budget for babysitter hours, even if you plan to leave your full-time job. Find the resources (friends, family, sitter service, etc.), even if it's only for an hour.

4 Make Me Over

Chances are you frequently are missing showers, and applying makeup has become a luxury. Every woman should have her very own makeup artist. It's easier than you think and it's FREE. Go immediately to your favorite department store, proceed to your favorite cosmetic counter and schedule an appointment with a beauty stylist. If you love the results, then use their services for any occasion you want to feel sassy (girls night out, date night, gala events, etc.). Most department store stylists will come to you for a small fee. Having your makeup applied professionally not only elevates your inner glam, but it gives you confidence knowing someone made sure you did not walk out the door with baby goo on your face.

  • Chicago resource: Laura Robenhorst, beauty stylist for Sue Devitt at Barney's

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