The nine months of pregnancy is something that can’t be imagined by anyone who hasn’t gone through it. A woman’s body goes through an intense series of changes from the inside out, ultimately ending in the extraordinary pain of labor and childbirth. As if that wasn’t already enough, a woman then goes through a series of experiences that have the potential to throw her sanity for a loop.
Between hormones, lifestyle changes, and waves of emotions, here are some of the things that most every woman will experience at least once following birth.
Insecurity About Her Shape
The changes that your body goes through after a baby is enough to shake even the most confident of women. Your body stretches out and abruptly deflates, leaving you with places looking a little different than you remember them before. You may wonder if your body will ever look the same again and may even consider plastic surgery.
Feeling unsure about your body is very common after having a baby since your physical form has gone through so much throughout the process. Have faith knowing that most women feel unsure at some point. With enough exercise and a healthful diet, you should return to your desired shape and feel your regular self within 1 to 2 years, in many cases, even sooner.
Pain And Swelling
Regardless of whether you had a vaginal delivery or a cesarean, your lady bits will be in some pain for a while following the birth. In the event of a vaginal delivery, your vagina will be swollen and likely bruised. It may even look a little rough, but don’t worry, it’s totally normal and will soon look as good as new. In the meantime, you can use ice to calm down the swelling, and wear loose and comfortable clothing.
For cesarean mothers, it’s important to follow doctor’s orders regarding your incision. Some women have a relatively quick recovery after their operation, while others find that it can take several months for their scar to heal completely.
A lot of women don’t realize how much bleeding will happen after giving birth. Most women have to wear heavy-duty pads for as many as six weeks after the birth.
It’s always a good idea to carry around industrial strength pads with you wherever you go. Don’t use tampons since they can cause post-delivery infections.
Once thick and luscious hair will often become lifeless and dull after giving birth. It can be frustrating since a woman’s hair is noticeably more fabulous during the pregnancy itself. Unfortunately, the sudden drop in hormones will cause your hair to fall out. Not to worry, however! It will go back to normal within a few months!