August 25th, 2016 | Mandi Mitchell
Creating a human is no joke. Your body, inside and out, changes drastically. In 9 short months, your body will go from its current size to packing on about 30 lbs. Your hormones will also increase substantially which affects everything from hair growth/loss, to clear skin/acne, to crybaby/momzilla. We all pretty much know the wretched symptoms that take place during pregnancy, but what happens to your body after it’s all over? What do you have to look forward to with your body postpartum?
You’re still going to look like you’re pregnant. Roughly about 6 months. The people you see bounce right back into a size 0 are superhuman mutants. It took 9 months to make a baby and for your body to get to where it was, give yourself the same time to get back to where you were. Do not rush into exercise! Please. You run the risk of actually separating your abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) and causing a longer recovery time for yourself.
You’re going to have loose skin. Your poor stomach might possibly look like a deflated balloon. Think about it. You just spent 9 months packing on a good amount of weight and carried around a miniature watermelon in your gut. Don’t stress over it. As soon as your uterus starts to shrink, some weight starts to come off, your skin will start to tighten over time.
I heard those hemorrhoids can be a real bitch. Sorry to break it to you but if you’re having a natural birth, the pushing causing hemorrhoids. Again, don’t stress over it. Invest in some tucks pads or Preparation H and your ass will get better in no time.
You’ll find yourself thinking you need some Depends. With every little cough, sneeze or sometimes laugh, comes a little bit of pee. Try some kegel exercises. They work wonders in getting your pelvic floor back to its normal state.
Acne. Hair Loss. Fatigue. Night Sweats. Low Sex-Drive. Mood Swings. Foggy Memory. You can thank hormones for all these lovely little morsels. It takes about 3 to 4 months for your body to adjust and you to feel more hormonally ‘balanced.’ Hang in there.
Don’t stress out and don’t be so hard on yourself. Remember, it took 9 months to get to the point you’re at so give yourself at least the same amount of time to get back to ‘normal.’