Pregnancy is a phase in a woman’s life which brings joy, anticipations and new hopes. Being pregnant is one of the most beautiful things in the world and there is no other soothing picture than seeing a pregnant woman with her cute baby bump.
However, there are a lot of things that a woman goes through after her pregnancy. It would be helpful to be aware of the changes your body adapts to after birth.
Do not feel frightened at the postpartum body changes you may experience. While some of them are obvious, others could be surprising and you have to deal with them.
Following are a few common changes that your body would be going through after birth:
You may start to lose your hair excessively after a few weeks of delivery. An average person loses 50-100 hairs a day, however, you were losing far less than that due to those raging hormones during your pregnancy. Now that you’re done with your pregnancy, your body would compensate and lose extra hair for around first six months after pregnancy. But you don’t have to worry about it- your hair growth will soon return to its normal growth cycle.
A day or two after birth, your breasts will become swollen, flushed, sore and engorged with milk. Once the swelling reduces, in about four to five days, your breast will probably start to sag as a result of the stretched skin. Moreover, even if you don’t breastfeed your baby, you may also have to deal with milk leakage for a few days.
Severe back pain will be prevalent soon after birth because your stretched abdominal muscles will take some time to become strong again. A new mom could also suffer from a backache due to a poor posture during birth.
Generally, these problems clear up by the first six weeks after pregnancy. If they don’t, you may need to see a chiropractor.
Since your baby is not pressing on your bladder anymore, you won’t feel an urge to urinate frequently. However, pressure on the urethra during delivery can make urination a postpartum problem. New moms may also face incontinence or a urinary tract infection, which causes burning sensation during urination.
Leg swelling and varicose veins:
The puffiness and swelling in your legs that you’ve experienced during your pregnancy will be reduced soon after your baby is born. However, some women come experience twitchiness in their legs after delivery. If you also feel this twitchiness, taking short walks can provide you with some relief. Added to this, varicose veins and spider veins will show improvement after postpartum weight loss, but they may never go away completely.
At nights after birth, you may need to deal with excessive sweating. This is because your body gets rid of all the extra fluid it has accumulated during pregnancy.
Just after birth, your uterus will be hard and round (weigh around 2 ½ pounds) and can be felt by touching the navel. In about six weeks, it will weigh around 2 ounces and you won’t be able to feel it anymore by pressing your abdomen.
The mysterious brown line you have had down the center of your abdomen during pregnancy will start to disappear. Unfortunately, the stretch marks won’t go anywhere in the near future. Additionally, even the healthiest women will experience little flabby in the midsection.
Sit-ups, yoga, and other abdominal exercises can help you get your stomach as flat as it once was.
These are some of the certain changes your body will go through after you become a mother. It’s always beneficial to be prepared for the consequences and plan well before you come across them. If any of these seem to be getting more severe, consult your doctor for the best practices require to get rid of them.