A mum tum. If you don’t know what that is, lucky you. If you do, then you might want to read on.
Now I’m a mum of three there’s no getting away from the fact I’ve been left with a mum tum (one of many things they don’t tell you about your lady bits) and a quick look at the social media feeds of some of my fellow bloggers tells me I’m not the only one.
Embarking on a healthy eating and exercise plan is of course the obvious answer, but what if you need a quicker fix than that? In winter it’s not so difficult, but hiding a mum tum in the summer months is easier said than done.
So what can you do about it?
Quick & easy ways to hide a mum tum
1. Invest in shapewear. Whoever invented shapewear deserves a medal. Admittedly it can take a bit (ok a lot) of getting into but my goodness does it do the trick. I went for a full-on thigh to boob ensemble under a jumpsuit for my brother’s wedding this summer and it hid a multitude of sins.
2. Maxi dresses. They’re light, comfy, on trend and come in all sorts of different styles, from plunging v-necks to off-the-shoulder breastfeeding-friendly numbers. I’ve never come across a maxi dress that doesn’t hide your tummy area, and you can dress them up with heels and down with flats.
3. Swing dresses. These are brill if you feel self-conscious about your body – they’re nice and floaty so skim over any lumps and bumps, while framing your torso nicely. Again you can dress them up or down on the shoe front, and they look great with a jacket thrown over the top too.
4. Midi dresses. Perfect for showing off your curves, midi dresses can draw attention away from your middle with interesting necklines and hemlines. AX Paris have some fab ones, including the long sleeved midi dress which also take the focus away from your tum and are great for heading into autumn.
5. Wear your baby. If all else fails simply wear your baby. Put them in a papoose or sling and bingo – your mum tum has vanished!
6. Ask for help. There are a wealth of closed Facebook groups for new mums out there where you can ask for advice on all sorts of things and get brilliant – and honest – answers. My particular favourite is Can I Breastfeed In It? where you’ll find brilliant fashion advice from real mums.
Have you been left with a mum tum since having a baby? Do you have any tips for disguising it? I’d love to know what they are!
This is a collaborative post.