In a fast changing world, it’s nice to know that some things remain a constant. Motherhood and all the delights it brings offer one such certainty, providing much joy to those who embark on its long and fulfilling journey.
It is easy to forget everything our mothers did for us so I am all in favour of celebrating Mother’s Day. I will certainly be honouring my own lovely mother who imbued me with a strong sense of family, as well as my work ethic, and passed on so much invaluable advice from her mother.
Mother’s Day is a time-honoured tradition dates back an incredible four centuries - and, although it may feel a little too commercialised at times, the old-fashioned celebration of motherhood remains at its heart. The occasion also offers an opportunity to give mums special recognition - which may mean showering them with gifts, giving them a day off from cooking lunch or even a little pampering.
In the first throes of motherhood, the full on demands may put paid to any ‘me time’. New-borns require attention, which means mums put their own needs on the back burner. With a hungry new addition wide awake at night, our beauty sleep all but disappears. We skip our skin-replenishing regime, the gym or even that healthy diet we committed to nine months ago.
And so, while bringing up baby, we run the risk of losing a little of ourselves. Weeks turn to months, months to years and, before we know it, our bodies, complexion and fitness have taken the toll of unintended neglect.
I believe that some TLC is as important for the mother’s wellbeing as it is for their offspring - at any stage of parenting.
Reading around the subject confirms what I believe to be a rather sorry state of affairs. Many mums despair at their ‘mummy tummies’ and stretch marks and the like; the nagging doubts about their appearance ruining confidence long after the little ones are out of nappies.
Interestingly, when schools went back in September, the vlogging site, ChannelMum.com, reported that cosmetic treatments were as high on the list of ‘must dos’ as the children’s new uniform, stationery and PE kit.
With pressure felt on looking good, 5% of mums had treated themselves to Botox and fillers with cosmetic dental work, new clothes and beauty treatments also topping those pre-term ‘pick-me-ups’.
Whilst a complete ‘mummy makeover’ might not be on everyone’s wish list, those postnatal purple lines on stomachs, the loose skin, fat pockets and other changes that pregnancy brings are not always welcome. Ironically, having extolled the virtues of good old-fashioned values, I am thankful for some things in life that have changed - in this instance, clinical technology. By harnessing the very best in cutting-edge cosmetic treatments, our Dr Leah clinics can troubleshoot these problem areas.
Often no amount of gym work, dieting or specialist skincare products will shift those stubborn fat pockets or tighten loose skin, and it certainly won't improve the appearance of unwanted spider veins and stretch marks – war wounds of pregnancy if you will. The breast and tummy area are notoriously troublesome. Shifting weight gained during pregnancy can seem impossible and we understand how best to achieve the results you desire.
Our Body Dermaroller treatment is clinically designed to remodel skin. It works on both the face and body but is perfect for erasing those tell-tale sign of pregnancy - the stretch marks and scarring. It also has a tightening effect in the area treated, which is particularly well suited to mums.
If you suffered with thread veins or spider veins during pregnancy, no matter how long ago you had your baby, they’re probably still there as they don't seem to disappear of their own accord. We use sclerotherapy - a safe and effective procedure - to remove them. By injecting a solution into the vein, they will be either be completely eliminated or, at least, visibly improved.
Do you still bemoan the fact that you have a 'spare tyre'? If so, it is also possible to freeze fat cells to reduce those unwanted inches with a cryolipolysis treatment - an effective solution and all without going under the knife!
Cherish your children and make sure you celebrate motherhood this Mother’s Day, but there's no shame in wishing to indulge in a few enhancements to boost your body image confidence.