When having a baby for the first time or the fourth time, it's easy to become frustrated with the many changes that come along with it. Being pregnant is not easy, especially when it alters your feelings and the way you look, but it is the changes that come after being pregnant that tend to stick with you. Unfortunately, those kinds of changes aren't the most enjoyable to deal with, but the ending result is a baby to love on and enjoy, so it kind of comes with the territory.
The changes you'll feel after having a baby can vary from person to person, but in most cases, they are changes that can be dealt with easily enough. At times, it might feel like your body is betraying you but it's totally not. Although it probably won't feel like it at the time, your post-baby body is likely doing what it's supposed to be doing. But normal or not, these changes are no joke.
12 Losing Some of Your Hair
Many women complain of losing hair after having a baby as being one of the most annoying changes their body goes through following birth. That might sound silly, but that’s because [FACT] causes a lot of pregnant women to have an increased growth of fuller, longer, and thicker hair during their pregnancies.
So when you have your baby, a lot of times the pregnancy magic, so to speak, wears off and all (or a lot) of that extra hair you’d just grown tends to fall out. Think of it as shedding a layer after your pregnancy. Not exactly the most appealing thing to think about, but at least this change doesn’t entail losing the hair you had before you were even pregnant.
11 A Softer Tummy
No matter how much weight you gain when you’re pregnant or your shape before or after having a baby, you will invariably be left with a softer belly afterward. How long it stays with you is anyone’s guess and relies largely on both exercise and genetics, but one of the many changes your body will go through after having a baby is having a softer stomach.
Look at it this way: your stomach had been stretched over the span of nine months and then deflated some, only to go down little by little in the weeks following your baby’s birth. Of course, the flesh on your stomach will be softer, as well as the tissue beneath it. But all moms experience this after having a baby and it definitely isn’t one of those things to over analyze to no end.
10 A Permanently Weak Bladder
When you’re pregnant, you likely deal with a weak bladder because of that growing baby inside of you. He or she is growing at a rapid weight and soon ends up growing to be so big that they’re pushing on your bladder. It’s hard to remember that there are plenty of other organs and pieces and parts inside of you when your baby is taking up all of the available rooms, but your little bundle of cuteness is to blame for that weak bladder during pregnancy.
After you’re pregnant, however, you may still deal with this problem for months or even years to come. The most common reason for a weak bladder after pregnancy comes from having a vaginal delivery in which tools like forceps were used which could have damaged your pelvic muscles and nerves.
9 Your Feet Might Grow
That’s right, if it wasn’t enough that your stomach will grow and your breasts will invariably expand in cup size, your feet could grow and never go back down to their original size. There are a couple of reasons for an increase in the size of your feet during and after pregnancy. The first is, of course, those dreaded hormones again. What aren’t they to blame for, right?
But when it comes to your feet, your hormones may play a part in that they increase the possibility for a looseness of muscles and joints, which makes it more possible for your feet to stretch out, so to speak. Another reason for larger feet after you have a baby is because of the extra weight you carried around while pregnant. This may have caused the arches on your feet to slowly flatten, in turn stretching your feet, so to speak.
8 Going Down a Cup Size
Many women note going up a cup size or two during pregnancy, but even afterward, too. However, there is also the chance of going down in a bra cup size after you actually have your baby. When your breasts expand in size, it is due to all of the breast milk you’re producing as a mother. And when you do not breastfeed or your breasts start to produce less and less milk, there is the real possibility of your breasts actually going down in size at this point.
Having your breasts go up a cup size or two may be frustrating for some, but imagine this similar annoyance but on the other end of the spectrum. Obviously getting a baby out of it all makes it so worth it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mourn your once large cup size.
7 Going Up a Cup Size
A lot of moms, new and experienced, know the feeling of their breasts going up and staying up in cup size after having a baby. Even if you stop producing milk, if you gained some extra weight during your pregnancy, then you will probably retain some of that extra weight in your breasts.
Now, you may be able to lose some of that first should you start yourself on a weight loss regimen, but as it stands, going up a cup size or two is a very common change in your body after having a baby. It’s easy to focus on the changes your body endures when you’re actually pregnant, but some of those changes do indeed transfer over to after you have your baby.
6 Varicose Veins
Dealing with bigger or smaller breasts is one thing, and totally doable, but gaining varicose veins after you have a baby is no fun. The reason for the sudden appearance of these unattractive lines on your calves is--you guessed it--hormones. Yep, once again, hormones are partly to blame for this ailment post-pregnancy. Another culprit is the extra weight gained during pregnancy, which may have put extra strain on your muscles.
Around 40 percent of pregnant women report having varicose veins after having a baby, so if you are dealing with this issue you are definitely not alone, but that still doesn’t make it any more enjoyable to deal with.
5 Stretch Marks That Only Slightly Fade
You can use as much cocoa butter and lotions as you want, but there have unfortunately been no proven store-bought cure-alls for those post-baby stretch marks. Of course, some will fade away completely, but others will only slightly fade away, leaving faint stretch marks that seem like they’re never going to go away.
Retin-A cream, which builds cellulite around the areas it is regularly applied to, is what helps the most, but it is not to be used if you are currently pregnant or nursing. But if neither of those applies to you, it is one of the only reliable solutions or treatments for those stretch marks.
4 Hearing Phantom Baby Cries
Don’t worry--you aren’t crazy and you haven’t gone mad as a mommy. In fact, hearing those phantom baby cries after you have a baby show how good of a mom you actually are. Your ears and mind have been so trained to be in tune with your own baby’s cries that when they aren’t around, you hear what you think is a baby crying.
You can chalk up these baby noises that are not really there as being a part of mother’s intuition that can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it means you're so in tune as a mother and with your little ones, and a curse because it will make you hear your baby crying when they’re actually at Grandma’s for the day all you want to do is sip your wine and catch up on your TV shows.
3 Leaking Milk
Unfortunately, your breasts are going to betray you time and again after you have a baby. Whether they grow much larger than you’ve ever experienced or shrink down to a cup size you hadn’t been since your early days of high school, changes in your breasts are inevitable during and after your pregnancy. In this case, it is due to your breast milk. And even when you aren’t breastfeeding or are doing something as simple as changing your bra, you could experience leaking breast milk. This is due to simple nipple stimulation, which causes your milk ducts to react and leak milk.
And since the breastfeeding part comes after your pregnancy is over, leaking milk is something you’re bound to have to deal with. Putting pads in your bra can help to field some of the leakage, as can having a clogged milk duct. If you suspect the latter, getting in touch with your doctor is highly recommended.
2 Being More Fertile in General
It takes a baby to make a baby, some might say. That sounds awfully weird, but it’s kind of true. The fact that you had a baby at all proves your fertility, but having a baby can make you more fertile and your body that much more open to future pregnancies.
Your body is always on high alert to “get pregnant”, which is why birth control comes in handy, so after you have a baby, your body is no longer carrying and caring for a fetus and is ready to gear up to be pregnant again. This is especially true if you aren’t breastfeeding since your body will soon be showing no signs of nurturing a baby.
1 A Numbness Near Your C-Section Scar
Dealing with the numbness surrounding your C-section scar may not sound like the worst change to your body after having a baby, but it is one that tends to stick with you. Feeling numbness on and around your C-section scar is totally normal directly following giving birth, but sometimes can last for months or even years. The good news is that the feeling (or loss of feeling) in the area of your C-section scar doesn’t have any negative effects on your body overall and is just an effect of having major surgery in that area of your body.
Dealing with changes in your body after having a baby is no easy feat, but a lot of the changes you experience tend to be ones that most moms go through. The changes in your body after having a baby might make it feel like your body is betraying you, but in reality, your body is just adjusting to having just given birth to a human being. And that kind of makes it all worth it.