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Hurray! You've had the baby! You are home and actually being a mom! You have taken the first steps into your first year of exhausted and euphoric bliss. While all of your mommy skills are coming into focus, the dream of the Superwoman you were going to might be fading away. The idea that you were going to shower and put on makeup. That you would wear fabulous outfits and brunch with your friends while the little one slept away in the stroller. It's okay, we all dream it. Then reality sets in.
Have no fear, Mama! You can still be that social butterfly with maybe just a few tweaks to your dream. Womensforum and Poise® have put together a Survival Guide for the Social Mom to help you deal with the "not so pretty" sides of motherhood and still appear to be a put-together-on-the-go mommy!
We don’t want to dash your “Pinterest Perfect” mom dreams, but you may not always get a shower, or at least not regularly... or longer than five minutes. In fact, it may be a long time before you bathe luxuriously again. Don’t fret! The beauty market is flooded with all sorts of dry shampoos. Remember those days way back when you opted for a "wet wipe" shower and a sprinkle of baby powder to feel fresh after an all-nighter in college? Embrace those young instincts and grab a wet wipe from the diaper bag. A quick swipe across your face and under your arms and it will almost, sort of, kind of, be like you showered.
A Water Bottle... or Five
You will be sleep-deprived! You will have a to-do list a mile long! If you are a first-time mom, you'll be doing things you have never done before. You need every brain cell you have firing on all cylinders. So hydrate. Water is this magical elixir when you are tired. You may be tempted to grab the caffeine (or yearn for it, you breastfeeding mamas), but try to get a bottle of water down before hitting the coffee or colas. Getting a good round of water down will make you feel better, we promise.
Why five water bottles? You will never be able to find one when you're thirsty. Leave them around the house so you always have one in the baby’s room, your bedroom, the kitchen, the TV room and the car.
Pads Now and Later
Once the baby comes out, it's like a dam has opened between your legs, and let’s just say it will be pretty sensitive down there. So right after the baby you will need to get "crazy" amounts of absorption to help keep you dry. Now here is the thing most people don’t tell you: Many new moms will end up needing pads down the road. When you laugh too hard or go for a run, or for some women, for no reason at all, you might find you have a leaky bladder. It actually has a name—light bladder leakage, LBL for short. You won’t need heavy-duty pads, but you will want something that can keep you dry, odor-free and most importantly, comfortable. So when the time comes for your #PoiseMoment, reach for Poise® Thin-Shape Pads and getting the 3-in-1 protection for dryness, odor and discomfort and stop worrying about leaks. The pads provide the perfect protection that you won’t even know is there. No one wants to miss out on a great joke or skip a run on a beautiful day.
A Tinted Lip Balm
Have you ever tried to put your makeup on with one hand? Yeah, well, it isn't easy. You will find lots of ways to do many things one-handed for the next year, or three, but makeup is a tricky one. Here's the trick. Go natural. Go easy. Go simple. Don't worry about all of your makeup, just choose what makes the most impact. Maybe a brush through your hair, a little concealer here or there, possibly a little powder. Quick. Quick. Quick. The real key is the lipstick. Skip the full-on color and just pick up a tinted lip balm. Here's the thing. Your skin is going to be so dry, and your lips so chapped that you will be grabbing anything for relief. So if that relief is tinted with a little color, boom! You look refreshed, and your chapped lips get relief.
A Cool Outfit
So no shower, no sleep, you're leaking and your skin is cracked. Having fun yet? None of this means you can’t look presentable. Make it easy on yourself. Before the baby arrives, find a comfortable, and we mean COM-FOR-TA-BLE outfit that is okay to be seen in public. Think maybe three steps up from pajamas. Listen to us on this one. Now buy three-to-five of them. You will not have the bandwidth or the energy to pick out an ensemble. The outfit should be soft, very washable and a little roomy, or at least flexible, on top if you are breastfeeding. The key is to make this a no-brainer decision. If for a second you get a spark of energy and an urge to go out in the world you don't want the idea of having to find an outfit slow you down.
This one will make you feel better and everyone, including your baby, will thank you! If you can't find the time to brush your teeth or you just need a refreshing pick-me-up to get you going, pop a peppermint in your mouth. You will be amazed at how having fresh, cool breath will make you feel so much better. So when you can't brush, just fake it!
We hope these quick-and-easy ways to look like you have it all together (even if you don't feel like it) do the trick and help you get out of the house. The first rule of new mommyhood is shortcuts. If you can't do it, then find a way to feel or look like you did! Fake it until you make it, Mommy!