When the new bundle of joy finally arrives in this world, everything in your life will start to change. Especially your body. It will go through a period of adjustment, so you should always remember that all of the changes that will occur are part of a natural process.
In this article we discuss some of the main changes you will, or probably did experience after childbirth.
1. Hair loss
Within a week of your baby’s birth, high levels of the pregnancy hormones estrogen and progesterone, which helped to sustain your healthy pregnancy, drop. As a result of this, you may experience a significant hair loss, which is nothing more than a normal cycle. This condition should not worry you because it will never cause bald spots or permanent hair loss. It will start to diminish within 3-4 month after delivery, returning your hair to its normal lifespan. However, if you are experiencing unusual hair loss while you are pregnant, this may be due to a vitamin or mineral deficiency.
2. Stretch marks
Stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break, resulting in stretch marks. They are one of the most common physical changes women experience immediately after a delivery. Everyone has them, so there is nothing to be ashamed of.
The feminist painter Cinta Tort Cartró, is one example of a woman who embraces her stretch marks.
She showcases these beauty marks by highlighting them in bright colors.
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3. Nail breakage
Pregnancy is often associated with extended nail growth and stronger, longer nails. However, those tricky pregnancy hormones can leave many women with weak and brittle nails. Luckily, this is only a temporary effect.
If you are dealing with this particular problem, do not worry. Just go to a drugstore and buy yourself a nail strengthening product.
Dehydration is the result of your body losing water faster than you are taking it in. It is a serious issue for the health and wellness of anyone, but for pregnant women, it is especially important to stay well-hydrated. If you are a pregnant woman, you need more water than the average person, since water plays an important role in the healthy development of your baby, helping to form the placenta, which is what your baby relies on to receive nutrients. Water is also used to form the amniotic sac later in your pregnancy. Therefore, it is important to avoid dehydration at all times.
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On the other hand, you may also experience dry skin as the result of hormones. The solution to this is actually very simple: drink tons of water. Your hormones will begin to regulate immediately after childbirth, so you’ll eventually get your glowing skin back again.
5. Bigger bra
As your body is getting prepared for breastfeeding, your breast size will start to increase. And of course, you will need to get a bigger-sized bra.
Farewell, tiny bandeaus. Farewell.
6. Body shape
Everyone should embrace the body they are in. Especially women who just welcomed their newborn. You literally just gave birth to another human being — of course your body is going to look different.
Ah, the post-baby belly. Your uterus, as well as your belly skin, have been stretching for nine months now. You have to accept that they cannot immediately snap back together like a Slinky.
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The surgical procedure is very common now, so just try and imagine how many other women are there with a scar just like yours. Scars tell your story, so wear them proudly. In case you really cannot stand it, you have various natural and cosmetics options to choose from.
8. Beauty regime
After you deliver, your baby will be a definite No. 1 priority. So yes, you will start to neglect yourself just a little bit in order to be around your newborn at all times.
Going to the hairdresser will probably not be among your priorities, so why not wear a ponytail? It will make things so much easier.
Never wear large hoops or dangling earrings while holding a small child. They will certainly drag them! And it will hurt like hell.
During pregnancy, the areolas can darken as soon as a week after conception due to hormonal changes, and this color may stay with you after childbirth.
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12. Dark circles under your eyes
Many sleepless nights will follow after having a child. But no worries, we have your savior. The concealer!
However, if that does not help, consider going for the all-out glittery unicorn look.
Your kids are sure to love it, even if no one else does.
13. Calculated leg-shaving
Time is precious when you are a mom. Shave in accordance with the rips in your jeans or the length of your capris.
14. Practical clothes
All you will ever want to wear will be some comfy, baggy clothes!
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Also known as the “mask of pregnancy,” these brown spots on your face should start to disappear after delivery. If they do not, your dermatologist will help you eradicate them forever.
16. Lackluster hair
With hormonal and nutritional jumps, your hair can turn out to be a pile of sandpaper. Do not panic, this too is only temporary.
Various conditioners, hot oil treatments and regular hair trimming will make this problem disappear quickly.
17. Vascular varicose veins
The next time someone asks you what’s poppin’, you can just say “my veins, to be quite honest” and be done with it ’cause that’s literally it.
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Daily exercise will surely help your blood flow perfectly. You can also wear compression socks and elevate your legs.
18. Skin tags
As your body was working in overdrive, it may have produced too many cells to deal with.
Luckily, they are absolutely harmless. Your doctor can give you a pain-free removal that will make you feel better in case you cannot stand them.
19. New shoe size
Feet can swell during pregnancy, but on the other hand, did you know they could become larger postpartum? Healthy weight gain during pregnancy can actually put pressure on your tootsies, flatten your arch, and make your feet longer.
20. “Mom sense”
Moms always seem to know what is best. You might develop a so-called “mom sense”, which means that you will have an eye for deals like you never did before.