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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.