Many mothers will tell you that after you have your first baby, you will realize that there will be a lot of changes to your body. Some of them might be good changes, others might be simply unexpected. Either way, it’s safe to say that you definitely won’t ever feel or look the same, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. As a new mom, your body has gone through a metamorphosis of sorts. You’re stronger, you are more resilient and you are more likely to take on anything that life throws at you. With that said, here are ten ways your body will change after baby.
10 Your Breasts Will Get Bigger
If you find that you are having a hard time seeing your belly button, don’t worry because you are not the only one. Believe it or not, your breasts will seem much bigger after you give birth. For a lot of people that might be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it.
As your milk comes in and your body prepares for breastfeeding, you might not recognize your new shape or fit into your old bras for that matter. But don’t worry. After everything is said and done (after breastfeeding) they will usually return to their normal size.
9 Perineum Soreness
If you are feeling a lot of aches and pains, that doesn’t mean you are aging. Instead, it just means that you just had a baby! It’s called perineum soreness and yes, it does bring out the worst in some of us. But with the right kind of care (from your doctor or nurse, of course) the pain will go away in no time. In other words, here’s what you need to know: the area between your vagina and your rectum might stretch and tear during labor and vaginal birth. As a result, things are going to get pretty sore after birth and up to a few days later. The pain might last even longer if you have an episiotomy.
8 After Birth Pains
Yes, there’s a good chance that you might get sharp after birth pains that might feel like contractions. Don’t think that just because you are signed off on your own labor and delivery that you’re good to go out the door. Oh no. This is what a lot of moms like to call “after shocks.” But with that said, if you feel as though something might be abnormal or that you are in an unusual amount of pain, let your health care provider or doctor on hand know as soon a possible. They will let you know what’s normal and what’s not normal.
It might look like your period and it might feel like your period but ladies, it’s not your period. In fact, many mothers (and especially breastfeeding mothers) won’t get their periods until several months postpartum. However, there might be some discharge activity going on down there. The best thing you can do is prepare for it because it will happen. March of Dimes writes, “For the first few days, it’s heavy, bright red and may contain blood clots. Over time, the flow gets less and lighter in color. You may have discharge for a few weeks or even for a month or more."
6 Major Hair Loss
If you are brushing your hair and feel as though something doesn’t look right, that’s because your hair is going through a major postpartum cycle which might result in quite a lot of hair loss. But don’t worry. It’s just temporary. After everything bounces back to normal, your hair will come back again. In other words, there’s no need to buy hair extensions. But here’s the good news: now that your pregnancy is over your body will compensate for the hair loss that will most likely occur for the first six months postpartum. However, your normal growth cycle will return before you know it.
5 Skin Changes
In addition to everything that is going on in the lower half of your body, you will also see some significant changes elsewhere and on your arms, chest, and face, too. That’s because there will be plenty of skin changes, for better or in some cases, for worse. But like everything else, this is temporary.
Parents.com notes, “Women who suffered from severe acne during pregnancy should see their skin start to clear up. However, other women will begin to experience a red rash that around their mouth and chin or suffer from extremely dry skin. Both of these conditions should be gone within weeks.”
4 Your Stomach Won’t Ever Be The Same
We’d hate to break this to you, but no matter how much you work out or how careful you are with your diet and your lifestyle, your stomach will likely never be the same. Now, that doesn’t mean that you can’t wear a bikini anymore. Instead, it just means that your favorite pair of jeans might fit a little differently for you. But with time it should return to pretty much your normal shape. While a lot of mothers say that their appearance isn’t the most important thing on their postpartum lists, others simply want to feel good about themselves. Try out yoga poses, sit-ups or other exercises to get your strength back in your abs.
3 But You Will Lose Weight
After you give birth you might look in the mirror and not recognize the person that you see. But don’t worry. The “old” you is getting to know the “new” you and might possibly like what they see, too. But if you are concerned about your pregnancy weight, have no fear. That’s because you will lose the weight. Don’t stress and remember to take it easy. And here’s the good news: during your first week postpartum, there’s a strong change that you will lose up to ten pounds, with four or six of it being water weight. If you breastfeed, you can expect to lose even more.
2 You’ll Get Emotional
Let’s not forget that your mind will go through many different changes just like your body! You might cry from joy, you might laugh, you might get excited or better yet, you might just feel totally content with your new bundle of joy. But with that said, you will definitely feel a lot of emotions sweeping through your body.
The Tot puts it this way, “Studies estimate that up to 80 percent of new mamas feel weepy and irritable after giving birth. And it’s understandable – your body, your home, your life have undergone radical changes in a really rapid time frame.”
1 You’ll Feel Attached To Your Baby
Science can’t describe it and doctors certainly can’t describe it. For a lot of mothers (but maybe not all), you will feel incredibly attached to your baby. In fact, you’ll find yourself wanting to get as close as possible with your new bundle of joy while having as much skin to skin contact as possible. Enjoy every second of it. Why? Because once that baby becomes a teenager they will most likely gravitate further and further away from you (or maybe not!). Either way, this is the kind of mother and baby contact that many moms know well and miss very much, too!