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I found myself searching for self-love quotes for moms on Pinterest more times than I’d like to admit. Nothing I read was going to prepare me for what I was about to experience during the postpartum phase. The emotions, hormones, self-body shaming, low confidence, and feeling defeated one too many times.
And the worst part of it all was that I felt absolutely alone. I felt secluded in my own thoughts, was always unsure if I was doing the right thing for my baby, and felt an overwhelming rush of mom guilt if I even had the slightest thought about doing anything for myself.
I’m naturally a confident woman. I take care of myself, enjoy working out, and I eat healthy 85% of the time (or at least try to). Everyone has their complex, including myself. There are things about my face, body, and life that I’m not fond of. But never in my life have I felt or experienced such self-destructive thoughts and emotions until the postpartum phase.
And fortunately, not every woman is affected in this manner by the fluctuations of hormones. However, I do believe that every mom should read these self-love quotes for the following reasons:
- Moms are so busy taking care of everyone else that they forget to take care of themselves.
- There are moms that need to know that it doesn’t make them selfish for practicing self-care.
- And every mama needs to be reminded of their strength for GROWING a whole human being and RAISING them!
25 Self Love Quotes For Moms
1. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.” Ricki Lake
2. “You will never look back on life and think, ‘I spent too much time with my kids’.” Kimberely Mceod
This quote helped me mentally break through the insecurity of not working anymore as my colleagues were transitioning into their nursing careers. And I was at home raising my baby.
3. “Making a happy home starts with making a happy you.”
4. “Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.” Andre Gide
Want to know how to love yourself? Check out this article on How To Love Yourself More And Boost Your Self-Esteem.
5. “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” Mark Twain
6. “Part of taking care of your baby is taking care of yourself.”
I have to remind myself this almost daily. We get so wrapped up in taking care of everyone else that we neglect our own health, happiness, and the person we were before we became mothers.
7. “If you don’t love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won’t be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self.” Wayne Dyer
8. “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” Linda Wooten
I would have never known I had the amount of patience I have if I didn’t become a mom. Raising a colicky baby will make any woman want to pull every strand of hair they’ve got.
9. “People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.” Dan Pearce
10. “When you make a mistake, respond to yourself in a loving way rather than a self-shaming way.” Ellie Holcomb
This is a learning process. When my daughter hits her head, I blame myself for not watching her close enough. Or all the times she screamed her lungs out, I was so quick to tell myself I’m a horrible mom because I couldn’t soothe her.
11. “No other love no matter how genuine it is can fulfill one’s heart better than unconditional self-love.” Edmond Mbiaka
12. “Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.” Anna Taylor
13. “In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.” Andrea Dykstria
I’m so guilty of this. “If I could go back in time, I’d do x, y, x differently” or “I regret doing x, y, and x”. These are the thoughts that run through my head pretty often.
14. “Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.” Beyoncé
15. “Fall in love with the process of becoming the best version of yourself.”
I had to read this quote over and over again. Fall in love with the process. Building the best version of yourself takes time. So enjoy the journey to a better you.
16. “Strive for progress, not perfection.”
That dreadful “p” word! I have a type-A personality. This is where I need everything to be absolutely perfect. I struggle with this on a daily basis. Whether it’s my blog posts that need to be perfect, being a mom to my daughter, being a wife, or even myself, the way I talk, the way I look, how I dress. I have a difficult time being satisfied which not only drives me up the wall but also my husband!
17. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” Robert Browning
18. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” Gail Tsukiyama
19. “This body has created and nourished and an entire human being. It is amazing, beautiful, and worthy of love.”
Yes, yes, yes, and MORE YES! Those stretch marks, that chunk of hair laying on the ground, the bags under your eyes, the layer of tummy hanging over your c-section scar. ALL of these are to be thankful for. These are beautiful reminders of the miraculous tiny humans we grew inside our bodies. Remind yourself that there are women out there that struggle with infertility and WISH to have those stretch marks, postpartum hair loss, bags under your eyes, and c-section scars.
20. “My body has given me the greatest gift of my life.”
21. “Fall in love with taking care of yourself: mind, body, and soul. There is only one of you. You are truly once in a lifetime.” Latisha Cotto
22. “There are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” Anne Lamott
23. “Be silly, be fun, be different, be crazy. Be you, because life is too short to be anything but happy.”
24. “Today, I will not stress over things I cannot control.”
25. “Dear mothers, you’ll learn to lower your expectations about what you can accomplish in a day. Some days, it will be all you can do to keep baby safe, warm, fed, and loved. And that is more than enough.”
This couldn’t be more accurate. And if you’ve got a type-A personality like me, you’ve got to let certain things go for your own sanity. The day we came home from the hospital after having our daughter via c-section, I was trying to clean and organize the house instead of resting and enjoying our newborn baby. And then the following months I started losing my sanity due to the overwhelming tasks that needed to get done around the house all while taking care of my newborn.
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And it’s okay to reach out and ask for help. You’re not alone in this journey called motherhood. Pin the self love quotes to your Pinterest board dedicated to giving you a daily boost. And don’t doubt your abilities to be a mother. You may or may not have needed these self love quotes but someone else might be needing this. I ask you to please share and spread the love to all of our mommas out there!