Everything changes after pregnancy. You may have wondered why?
I will tell you exactly what these changes are and how to make it more bearable. Well most of them anyway.
Pregnancy is the most precious thing that can happen to a mother or to a married couple that was dreaming about starting a family.
They hardly ever think of the changes that come with pregnancy.
I mean these changes are huge for a woman and even on the marriage itself.
So here you go:
My ultimate explanation on how pregnancy and a baby can change your life.
Post Pregnancy Body Changes:
Decreased sex drive
If you are not in the mood to have sex after you have given birth to a baby you are most definitely not alone. Most new mothers have the same feeling.
What causes this?
When falling pregnant, the estrogen levels rise which means your sex drive increases but after giving birth the levels fall unexpectedly.
The female brain causes this sex drive to decrease because you are constantly focused on your baby and your family that you do not have time to think about yourself and that includes a desire to have sex.
The estrogen levels will bounce back but this will take time. Quite some time and will leave your partner frustrated. But don’t let this bother you. He will eventually get used to it if he respects you enough.
Hair Changes after Pregnancy
You may start to lose hair after a few weeks after giving birth. Your hair may also be thin, lifeless and dead. The average person loses about 100 hairs each day but during pregnancy your body will lose more hair due to uncontrolled hormones.
After delivery of your baby you will lose more hair than ever but don’t worry, the hair will soon grow back and you will have your old hair back before pregnancy.
The average time this will last is about 6 – 12 months but if you take good care and use good products you may lower the time by 3 -4 months.
The Never Ending Bulging Belly
After giving birth most new moms expect that their belly will return to the way it was. That’s not true… well not that fast anyway!
It takes about 6 to 8 weeks for the uterus to return to its normal size. Right after delivery, you may watch yourself in the mirror and see that you… well still look 9 months pregnant. This can become emotional for us. But the fact remains you were pregnant and you gave birth to a very beautiful child and your body needs time to adapt or return to its usual size.
I must admit…
This is a problem for almost 95% of new moms and you hardly ever get rid of this bulging belly. It’s been almost 3 years after giving birth to my daughter and I still walk around with this belly. But I must admit. I did not do exercises to get rid of the hanging belly. But I am trying to do exercises now, it does seem to help but hell it’s really difficult!
The key to getting your body back in shape?
You need to maintain a healthy diet and do some sort of exercise on a regular basis and you will be back to normal in no time.
Skin Changes after Giving Birth
When you were pregnant and you suffered from severe acne, you may now notice that the acne will soon start to fade away. But sometimes women experience a rash around the mouth and chin area and will feel that their skin is very dry.
This happened to me! The best thing you can do is still take your pregnancy vitamins and use a lot of cream or lotion that does not contain alcohol. These conditions should be on their way in a couple of weeks.
A Shoe Size That Can Not Be Undone
You remember that when you were pregnant that your feet were swelling and you needed to wear bigger shoes for your feet. Well after giving birth you might notice that your shoe size have gone up one size and this will be your new shoe size.
Awkward don’t you think? Why is this?
The additional weight you carried around during pregnancy may have caused arch of your foot to flatten. This is the reason you will find that a half inch size bigger footwear might be more comfortable.
If this is getting you down, look on the bright side. You now have a reason to do some shoe shopping. Oh yeah that can be nice!
Your breast will be sore, engorged, and full off milk for the baby. This change will end only when you end breast feeding and that can be quite some time. You will also experience leakage from your breast even if you are not breast feeding. If you are not breast feeding, I recommend that you pump the milk out.
However, the worst part is when you stop breast feeding. Your breasts will become saggy. There are various YouTube exercise videos for breasts available which you might want to try if you want to prevent saggy breasts and get your breasts full size again.
This one is my all time favorite:
You may notice the brown line you had beneath your belly in the middle of your stomach to disappear.
Unfortunately, the stretch marks you developed during pregnancy are not going anywhere. They are there to stay, unless you follow a pattern where you apply bio oil in the mornings and evening for a couple of months, you will then see the stretch marks begin to get lighter but the chance of them to just vanish will never ever happen.
You may notice after giving birth that you have more control on how many times you need to use the toilet. This is because the baby is not pressing on your bladder anymore.
However, after the delivering of your baby you may notice that you have difficulty to urinate. This is caused by the pressure on the uterus and this may cause incontinence and even a urinary track infection. If this occurs, please speak to your gynecologist as soon as possible.
Vision and Eye Sight Changes after Pregnancy
Here are 7 vision changes (symptoms) after giving birth that you may experience:
- Double vision
- Light sensitivity
- Eye strain
- Intermittent blur
- Appearance of flashing lights
- Temporary loss of vision
You may have suffered from constipation when you where pregnant but you may notice that you still do even after giving birth.
This can be quite painful especially if you have hemorrhoids. If this is you, you may want to try a healthy diet full of fiber and make sure you drink lots of water if you increase your fiber intake.
Swollen Legs and Varicose Veins
You may be glad to hear that the swelling and puffiness you experienced during pregnancy will now start to lessen.
Some women may experience twitchiness in their legs and the only way to lessen this discomfort is by walking.
Varicose veins will probably fade when you lose the excessive pregnancy weight but will never go away.
Nursing a baby at night can cause your body to be tired and overwhelmed. This is a common change and will probably not get better anytime soon.
You may want to eat the right types of food and get some energy boosters to help with the fatigue.
This will begin to get better when your child sleeps through the night. Learn more here how you can teach your baby to sleep through the night.
Vaginal Discharge and Bleeding
For the next few weeks after giving birth you will experience a heavy period. This may range anything from 2 weeks to 6 weeks. This is really bad for us as women. I hated this and I wished I was still pregnant, ha-ha!
In the beginning, your period will be bright red and have clots in. Then it will change to pink and then to brown and eventually to yellow-white.
- Please do not use tampons for the first 6 weeks as this will make the healing of the vagina and uterus take longer and you will get an infection.
- Pee a lot: Even if you do not have to go. When your bladder is full, it can make it harder for your uterus to contract which leads to more bleeding and pain for longer.
- Please take it easy and rest as long as you need to. If you’re over doing stuff, you may start to bleed again and this time it may be more painful.
You should have a little less discharge each day, lightning in color.
So there you have it…
My complete guide that you can use to know which changes are normal after pregnancy.
Use this only as a guide and if you are not sure about anything, please see your doctor as soon as possible.
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