The ways in which your body changes during pregnancy are pretty well documented and you probably already have a good idea of what will happen. However, the changes don’t always stop there and there are a range of differences that women notice in the months after having a baby. Whether you are currently pregnant or you are thinking about having a baby at any point in the future, it is worth knowing about a few of the most common changes so nothing catches you by surprise.
You may not know it, but each of us tends to lose around 100 hairs a day when we are not pregnant! During pregnancy, your body is flooded by raging hormones so you lose far less than normal. After you have given birth, your body starts to compensate for this so you may find yourself losing more hair than usual during the first six months. However, this is absolutely nothing to worry about and your hair will soon start to return to its usual growth cycle.
In the first couple of days after giving birth, you may find that your breasts have become flushed, swollen or sore. This swelling will tend to go down in three or four days if you choose not to breastfeed or after you have finished breastfeeding. The stretched skin may cause your breasts to sag which is why many women choose to go in for breast augmentation. Even if you don’t breastfeed, you may find yourself experiencing milk leakage for a few weeks after birth.
In the days after giving birth, you can feel that your uterus is hard and round. Six weeks later, you should no longer feel it pressing against your abdomen. You will probably notice some stretch marks around your skin, and even the fittest new moms will notice some excess flab in their midsections. To combat this, you will probably want to start engaging in some exercises such as sit-ups and yoga, and building these up over time. Remember not to rush into anything too quickly as your body has been through a lot during pregnancy.
It will usually take some time before the abdomen muscles which have become stretched during pregnancy to regain their former strength. Your body reacts to this by naturally putting on weight around your back muscles. This can end up leading to some sort of back pain. These problems tend to sort themselves out in the six months following giving birth, but you may choose to see a chiropractor if this is not the case.
If you have suffered from acne during pregnancy, you should notice your skin starting to clear itself up. However, the tan color around your eyes may start to fade and you also may find yourself suffering from a rash around your mouth and chin. Again, this is something that should clear itself up within weeks after giving birth.
Don't worry mommies, these changes are normal.
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