Post Pregnancy Body Changes

Posted by Joelle Silverman October - 21 - 2014
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After you have your baby, you are bound to notice some changes in your body- some more unpleasant that others. Luckily, most are temporary and manageable. But until your body returns to its normal state, here are some ways to deal with changes in your post pregnancy body that you may not have been expecting.

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Incontinence

This is a problem many women don’t foresee; however, because of the stress your bladder has been under during your pregnancy, this is totally normal. Immediately after giving birth, it is not uncommon for the nerves in your bladder to be numb, causing you to leak. The good thing is, within a few days to weeks, your nerves will be good as new. Until then, wear a maxi pad. If the leaking doesn’t disappear after a few weeks, then it’s time to see a doctor.

 Bleeding

After nine months without menstruating, after giving birth, your body feels the need to makeup for lost time. The best way to deal with this is also to use a maxi pad until it goes away. Also, go easy on your body and avoid strenuous activities.

Swollen Feet

You probably experienced swollen feet during your pregnancy, but what you may not have expected was for your feet to not immediately shrink back to their normal size afterwards. In fact, for some women, it may be pregnancy. Wear comfortable shoes as much as you can- try to wear slippers for as long as you can get away with it. Avoid tight, strappy, or high heel shoes at all costs for at least a few weeks. For some women, the swelling goes down within days or weeks, but for others, this may be a permanent change- you may find yourself having to buy shoes in a size or two larger.

Engorgement

Swollen breasts are a very common change that most women experience. This happens when you start producing milk, causing an increased blood flow in your breasts. If you are not breastfeeding, resist the urge to stimulate or empty your breasts- this may be a temporary fix, but your body will be tricked into thinking you are breastfeeding, and they will fill back up. The discomfort should lessen in a few days, but if it does not, or the discomfort is unbearable see your doctor. Your size may go back to what it was pre-pregnancy, but some women are happy to hear that their new increased size is permanent.

Hair loss

You may notice when you brush your hair or take a shower that you are losing way more than the normal 100 strands of hair per day. This is totally normal and not something to be freaked out about. During your pregnancy, estrogen levels are at an all time high, which is why you may have noticed thicker hair on your head and body. However, after giving birth, your estrogen levels go back down, causing this hair loss. Your hair should begin growing back in normally within 6-12 months, however for some, you hair may never be as thick as it was before. The best fix for this is to begin taking a vitamin containing biotin to encourage hair growth. Make sure to get clearance from your doctor.

Belly bloating

You may be impatient for your body to snap back in shape after giving birth, however, the belly is the most difficult part of your body to recover. Your best bet is patience- if you eat healthily and exercise in moderation, you will lose those extra few pounds on your tummy.

Looseness

Many women are too embarrassed to ask about this super common post pregnancy change. Almost all women experience looseness “down there” after giving birth- this doesn’t help the bleeding or incontinence we discussed earlier. Like with most of the changes you are experiencing, time heals all. This is a temporary thing that will resolve in a few weeks. If you want to speed up the process, good old fashioned kegals are your best bet, as well as making sure you are not straining your muscles- eat foods that are high in fiber to avoid constipation and don’t do any heavy lifting.

9 Responses so far.

  1. Lauren (Good) Kaufmann says:

    I was most concerned about the Belly Bloat, but it is true that you must just give your body time to bounce back! Patience is key. Eat healthy and exercise to help your body get there!

  2. Camila Damas says:

    About the leaking. This have been my biggest problem. I leak until today. Most of the time if I sneeze or cough to strong, pee comes out. Doctors said only surgery to fix it. But since I’m expecting again why go thru surgery now. They said with the second one gets worse:/. And about the bleeding it’s so bizarre. No one ever told me I would go thru that. That was the worse for me on postpartum. The engorgement I loveddddddd. I had the prettiest boob job ever!!!!

    • Surgery is your only option? That sounds a little extreme, especially if a lot of women experience child birth on a daily basis. I’d search other options before you have to settle on surgery…Best of Luck!!

  3. Farris P says:

    My Mom said kegals really do help with the pee when you sneeze thing. My hair falls out anyway from bleaching it. Lol lol

  4. I am most bummed about losing my pregnancy hair!! It’s so lustrous and healthy right now!!

  5. Michelle F. says:

    I love how open and honest everyone is here! Not looking forward to the less glamorous things post-pregnancy… will be sure to keep up with kegels and report back with results!

  6. liza says:

    Somehow I escaped the sneeze and pee on yourself thing…. but the other day I sneezed and guess what? What’s my excuse? My son is 14 and my daughter is 10. Oh no…. no fun. But we all have such badges of honor. Being a mother is the bravest thing I’ve ever done. Certainly my biggest accomplishment!
    Pee on yourself or not☆

  7. Camila Damas says:

    Hahahahaha. Good one Liza. I’m very proud of beig a mom as well. My kiddos are the best thing ever happen to me. But not happy with the pee in my pants still. So after my second one ill be done with kids so ill get a surgery to get things closed up again hahahahhahaha