The thing about motherhood is that it is made up of great moments more than anything else. When a woman looks back on her life it is often the happy moments she remembers better than anything. One of the truly great moments in a woman's life is when she is pregnant. Few things are as consequential as when a woman is carrying a child. There is nothing like it. One of the reasons being pregnant is such a momentous event in a woman's life, other than the obviousness of having a baby, are the changes that occur to a woman's body.
There are several unique and distinct symptoms that go along with being pregnant. These symptoms are to be expected when a woman is pregnant. It just goes with the territory and some of the symptoms are less than pleasant. A woman may very likely be looking forward to giving birth, aside from the obvious desire to hold her baby, to put an end to her pregnancy symptoms. However, there is something many women may not be aware of.
The unfortunate truth when it comes to a woman's body is that there is no guarantee that certain symptoms of pregnancy will end once the baby is born. As amazing as it may seem, a woman's body does not just go back to normal once a baby is born, for weeks or even months afterward. Here are 15 symptoms of pregnancy that can continue after the baby is born.
15 Mom Keeps Lactating
To start with, there are few things more closely related to giving birth than breastfeeding. A woman making milk in her body after giving birth is a natural occurrence that pretty much everyone knows about. Likewise, feeding the baby with that milk is very typical. However, there is something many people might not know when it comes to women and breast milk.
Producing breast milk may be most often associated with the mother after she gives birth. The only thing is that it actually occurs while a woman is pregnant and has not given birth yet. Granted, lactating while pregnant very likely doesn’t occur very much. A woman will probably just leak breast milk, but she is in fact lactating. It is for that reason that lactating is, ironically, a symptom of pregnancy that very clearly continues after a baby is born - although it is most likely not one anyone thinks much about.
14 Sore Cherries
Lactating and subsequent breastfeeding are often considered when it comes to pregnancy. Unfortunately, not everything is such an obvious symptom of pregnancy. If fact, it is not even the only symptom that has to do with a woman’s breast. Other symptoms that involve a woman’s breast can actually be painful, and thus for more unpleasant than mere lactating.
Another thing that can occur before and after a baby is born is sore nipples.
Sore nipples are typically something that happens after the baby is born. This is due to the fact that a woman is now breastfeeding a child. However, when the body is preparing to give birth while a woman is still pregnant, that woman’s nipples may begin to become sore. As such, sore nipples are a symptom of pregnancy that women may experience, and will most likely occur even after the baby is born.
13 Back Pain
The sad truth is, pain may just be a part of pregnancy. One has to remember that when a woman is pregnant she is carrying a whole other human being inside her body. That situation is very likely and understandably bound to create some discomfort for a woman that is carrying a child. When a pregnant woman is carrying something as potentially heavy as a baby inside her, it is bound to take its toll on a woman’s body. For that reason, a pregnant woman will probably have some back pain while she is pregnant.
The problem is that there is no guarantee that once a woman actually gives birth and stops being pregnant, that her back pain will go away. Back pain in one form or another may not only remain with a woman once she has given birth but stick with her well after the child is born and has gotten older. Part of the reason why back pain does not go away after giving birth may very well be because of the act of giving birth. Pushing out another human being can take it’s toll on a woman and can result in back pain that lasts even after giving birth.
12 Bathroom Troubles
When a baby is born there are a great many things a woman can expect to go along with having a new baby. One such thing is that a woman can expect to have to change an awful lot of diapers. The reason for this is that a normal, healthy baby will not have any issue having a bowel movement. That sad irony, however, is that the same might not be able to be said about the baby’s mother.
While a woman is pregnant she may very well experience some constipation. That woman may be hoping that her constipation will end once she gives birth, but it can actually remain for a variety of reasons. A woman’s postpartum constipation may be the result of medication she is taking for pain after giving birth, or because she may still be taking prenatal vitamins. Breastfeeding a child can also cause constipation. To combat constipation after giving birth, there are several changes a woman can make to her diet such as eating plenty of fiber and drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.
11 And More Bathroom Troubles
It may not be quite fair, but there is a perception that when a woman is pregnant she will have to urinate all the time. An increase in how often a woman urinates is likely to occur when a woman is pregnant. However, a woman’s urinating issues may not end once she gives birth. It is true that after giving birth a woman may not have to urinate quite as often, but she may instead find it difficult to urinate at all.
The reason a woman may find it difficult to urinate after giving birth is because giving birth is not exactly an easy thing on a woman’s body. This goes for a woman’s bladder as well. A woman’s bladder may be traumatized during birth causing her to have issues urinating. A woman needs to be sure and drink plenty of fluids to help end her difficulty urinating.
10 Swelling In All The Wrong Places
This is an unfortunate truth when it comes to a woman being pregnant. That truth is that not everything about pregnancy is beautiful and magical no matter how much a woman may want it to be. A good example of this is that while pregnant, a woman may develop hemorrhoids. Furthermore, those hemorrhoids will likely stay even after a woman has given birth.
Hemorrhoids are blood vessels located in a woman’s rectal area that has become swollen. Hemorrhoids are fairly common during pregnancy. Not only is it likely that a woman’s hemorrhoids will remain after giving birth, but giving birth may actually make them worse. All the pushing that goes along with labor will probably not do a woman’s hemorrhoids any favors. For a woman to deal with her hemorrhoids after giving birth, she will want to take sitz baths, topical anesthetics, and hot or cold compresses to name a few possible remedies.
9 Night Sweats
Once a woman becomes pregnant there is one thing that is for certain. A woman’s body will go through a lot. For example, a woman will gain weight while she is pregnant, possibly even a great deal of weight. For that reason, among others, a woman may find herself sweating quite a bit while she is pregnant. A woman naturally retains extra fluid while pregnant, and simply carrying around the extra weight of the baby can make a woman sweat. After a woman gives birth her sweating may continue, only now it likely happens at night.
Night sweats are pretty common after a woman gives birth. Night sweats are caused by hormones that tells a woman’s body to get rid of all the extra fluid she accumulated while she was pregnant. Night sweating will cause a woman to lose a great deal of water weight, so while she is experiencing night sweats she should drink plenty of fluids.
8 Persistent Headaches
Being pregnant can, and usually is, a very wonderful time in a woman’s life. But it has also been demonstrated that being pregnant can, in some ways, also not be that great. As mentioned before, when pregnant, some of the symptoms can be downright painful. One of the more painful aspects of being pregnant is the headaches that go along with it.
When headaches are mentioned, having actual pain in a woman’s head is what is being referred to, and not any stresses or crises related to being pregnant. Like backaches, a woman is bound to have at least a few actual headaches when she is pregnant. They just go along with the territory along with the hormone parade. A woman may also continue to have headaches and even severe headaches, once her baby has been born. Having severe headaches after giving birth is likely because the woman is experiencing what is known as postpartum preeclampsia. If the headaches are severe make sure to visit the doctor.
7 Postpartum Preeclampsia
Anyone that is reading this article may have been taken back with the words postpartum preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a relatively well-known condition that occurs in pregnant women, and every pregnant woman is warned about it and made aware of the symptoms so she can report them to her physician right away. But it is not well known when it comes to women that are no longer pregnant.
Preeclampsia is a condition that women can develop while pregnant. It is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It is most often associated with women while they are still pregnant. However, preeclampsia can continue even after a woman gives birth. At that point, it becomes postpartum preeclampsia. This is a fairly rare condition, but it can occur and if it does it can be severe. Postpartum preeclampsia is definitely something that a woman needs to take seriously and make sure they keep their postpartum doctor appointments and closely monitor her blood pressure.
6 Excessive Weight Gain
Preeclampsia is pretty well known when it comes to women being pregnant. Something that is even better know about pregnancy is weight gain. Everyone knows that when a woman is pregnant she is supposed to gain some weight. After all, a woman has a whole other person growing inside her, so putting on weight is something that is to be expected and healthy.
Losing the weight that a woman gains while pregnant after the baby is born is something almost everyone expects to happen. It may very well be the thing a woman is looking forward to about giving birth other than actually having her baby. The only problem is that it might not happen at all. In fact, a woman may continue to gain weight after the baby is born sometimes at the rate of more than 2 pounds a week. Gaining weight after a baby is born may be caused by the new mother not feeling that she has time, or energy to pay attention to what she eats. It could also be caused by postpartum preeclampsia.
5 Physical Toll
When it comes to being a mother there are several things that clearly goes along with it. One such thing is fatigue. While a woman is carrying her baby she is likely to feel at least some fatigue. She is carrying around extra weight that she can’t put down. When a woman has a baby growing inside she is sure to feel a little physically tired because of the toll it is taking on her body.
Unfortunately, fatigue does not just end once a baby is born. A woman may not just be fatigued because of having a new baby to take care of. There could be a physical reason a woman is tired after giving birth much like there was when she was still pregnant. A woman being fatigued after giving birth may be a result of having a condition called postpartum thyroiditis, which is a condition relating to a woman’s thyroid gland or she may be suffering from mild anemia.
4 Whirlwind Of Emotion
When a woman is pregnant, many people will probably assume that the woman’s emotions will be a bit unpredictable. It is not unexpected that she will be short tempered, cry easily, or be super happy at times. That can be fairly understandable when one considers all the changes that are going on in a woman’s body while she is pregnant. A woman is most likely to have some wild emotions while she is pregnant.
Of course, once a woman actually gives birth her emotions may not actually go back to their normal state, at least not right away. After having a baby, a woman may still experience drastic mood swings and a wide variety of emotions. Her emotions may still be on a rollercoaster ride as the brain tries to normalize hormones. It is important to watch for signs of postpartum depression. A little bit of sadness could be normal, but shouldn’t last more than a week or so. If a woman continues to seem sad, takes little joy or interest in her new baby, she may have postpartum depression and should seek help.
3 Enlarged Uterus
One thing that is pretty obvious to anyone who knows anything about pregnancy is that the uterus is where the baby grows and is kept safe and nourished. Over the course of nine months, it grows from about the size of a walnut to the size of a small (or maybe not so small) watermelon. In fact, it grows so quickly that the skin on the outside of the body, can’t keep up, thus women often get stretch marks.
However, after a woman gives birth, her uterus does not just magically go back to the way it once was. In fact, it can actually take up to six weeks after giving birth for the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy size. That actually makes a great deal of sense when one considers the many months it had to accommodate a child. It’s also pretty amazing when you consider that it took about 36 weeks to get so big and only 6 to get very small again.
2 Sensation Of Baby Kicking
One of the more delightful things about a woman being pregnant is that she is able to feel the baby kick inside her. A kicking baby is a common symptom of being pregnant. Everyone takes great pleasure in feeling the baby kick. It is also something about pregnancy that most people know about. However, what most people might not know about is phantom baby kicking, the sensation of a baby kicking may not end once that baby is actually born.
This is called phantom kicks and it has been known to occur in women after they give birth. No one knows exactly why these phantom kicks occur, but there are a couple of theories. One theory is that when a woman notices the twitches that occur in her uterus when pregnant, she continues to notice them even after giving birth. Another theory is that it can take a little while for the uterus to stop contracting after giving birth.
1 Not Having A Period
There may be no more sure-fire sign that a woman is pregnant than a woman missing her period. It is usually the first sign that indicates a pregnancy. It is also a symptom of being pregnant that a woman will not have a period. It is one of the few perks of being pregnant.
A woman will expect to start her period again once she gives birth to her baby. However, there is no certainty that a woman’s period will return after giving birth at least not right away that is. The reason for this may actually be because of breastfeeding. When a woman is breastfeeding, her period may be delayed due to the hormone increases that go along with breastfeeding. It may be one way nature has of preventing women from having babies too close together. However, it is fairly normal for the menstrual cycle to begin for non-breastfeeding women within three months. Even if breastfeeding, if a woman doesn’t want to get pregnant, it is best to also use an additional form of birth control.