While the idea of popping right back into shape after giving birth sounds idyllic, very few of us actually get it done. Most of us have to accept the post-baby body changes that come with the title of being a mom.
In order to accommodate your growing baby, your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy. But those changes only become more noticeable after your baby is born. Bouncing back into shape doesn’t happen overnight. Let’s take a look at some of the most common body changes you should expect.
Post-baby body changes most moms experience
Before pregnancy, your body was probably fit and tight. But during pregnancy, all that changed. Some parts of your body shifted and changed. Post-baby, not all of those parts will fall back into their place the way you want them to.
Although most experts recommend you use a cream or oil to prevent pregnancy stretch marks, it doesn’t work for all women. Stretch marks are a normal result of pregnancy. And it is probably something you’ll have to accept once your baby enters this world.
During pregnancy, your boobs might look great. They’ll look even better once you start breastfeeding. But as soon as your baby is done with the boobies, they’ll be left looking like deflated balloons. From now on, going without proper bra support will be close to impossible.
Hello belly pouch
Moon bags used to be a hit back in the day, and post-baby, you might look like you’re permanently wearing one. The reality is that losing the pouch can take up to a year after the baby is born. The best thing you can do is to NOT spend too much time stressing about it. Eat right and exercise. Eventually, your body will look great again.
Even if you have legs for days, you’re not immune to spider veins. The pressures of pregnancy are unforgiving and spare no one.
Losing control over what happens down there when you make sudden moves is a common issue. The good news here is that postpartum incontinence is just a temporary phenomenon.
Pregnancy comes with a lot of side effects, and sadly, haemorrhoids are one of them. They can be super painful and cause bleeding. Although they usually subside on their own, consult your doctor if the pain becomes unbearable. You can also try soaking the affected area in warm water or using an ice pack.