Your body changes a lot after pregnancy, but maybe even you weren’t aware as to how much. It’ll continue changing well after you’ve delivered, so don’t be alarmed with little changes that occur.
Here are 6 ways in which your body will change postpartum:
- Change in Breast size
This is the most common body change that happens postpartum. Whether you decide to breastfeed or not, the size of your breast will increase. This is known as breast engorgement. If you feel any pain or discomfort, use Ziploc bags with ice for a cold compress for relief.
- Diastasis Recti
Some women may not be able to get rid of that mummy tummy, no matter what they do. In this case, they might be suffering from diastasis recti, also known as abdominal separation. The abdominal muscles tend to separate from the connective tissue at the mid-line of the body due to the pressure of your growing baby. Some of the most common symptoms of diastasis recti include chronic back pain, painful intercourse, incontinence and in certain cases, organ prolapse.
- Stretch Marks
Growing baby and gaining weight in the process can cause stretch marks to happen at several places on your body. There are many over the counter creams, like cocoa or shea butter that you can pick up to prevent stretch marks. Although these creams aren’t foolproof against stretch marks, they might help diminish the appearance of the same.
- Hair Loss
Don’t be alarmed if your hair is coming out in clumps after the arrival of your baby. This is fairly common and happens due to the plummeting levels of estrogen. But know that over time, your hair will return to all its glory. If you continue experiencing alarming levels of hair loss, meet the doctors at KIMS Cuddles to find a cure.
- Vaginal pain and discharge
After delivery, women begin to have a vaginal discharge which consists of blood and what is left of the uterine lining from the pregnancy. This is known as lochia and can last for several weeks. Many will also find that their vagina feels stretched and tender after delivery. Women who’ve had episiotomy can feel comforted by using cold packs. If you feel any pain that lasts for a long time, talk to the experts at KIMS Cuddles.
- Skin discoloration
Skin changes are common after pregnancy and delivery. The glow of pregnancy may start to fade for many. Those who suffered from acne will notice their skin beginning to clear up. On the other hand, some women will experience extremely dry skin. These conditions usually clear up on their own within a few weeks.
Keep in mind that these changes aren’t forever. Give your body time to heal and get back to normal, all in due time. Be kind to yourself and enjoy motherhood. To know more about pregnancy changes, book an appointment with our team at KIMS Cuddles.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance