How a Woman’s Body Changes After Pregnancy
Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful things that can ever happen – truly a miracle of life! You probably already knew how much your life was going to change completely once your little one comes out into the world. Unfortunately, something so huge is bound to take a toll on your body which has given so much to create a new life!
We’re here to talk a little about how your body changes after pregnancy.
Some women have their breasts leaking milk as late as two years after giving birth, and this is usually triggered by hearing another’s newborn cry. It’s best if you go check this out!
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Most women expect their breasts to become smaller after breastfeeding as compared to what they had during and right after pregnancy. However, the cup size may drop even compared to prepregnancy’s size. They will probably sag too due to the stretched skin that came about while the breasts were at its biggest. The saggy breasts are due to involution after pregnancy and don’t really have anything to do with breastfeeding, so don’t shy away from breastfeeding!
During pregnancy, your hair will be the fullest and in the best condition it has ever been in as your estrogen will be high. Higher estrogen prevents your hair from falling out at its normal rate.
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It makes sense that the body has to be make up for this after pregnancy when your estrogen levels drop to their normal levels. Your hair will drop more than it usually does, but this is just to return it to the state it was at before your pregnancy. Only in very rare cases does a woman end up with thinner hair than she began with before pregnancy.
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This, or melasma/chloasma, are small, dark patches of skin that forms on the face, like on the cheeks or the forehead. For some women, these spots won’t fade after pregnancy, but they can be treated.
Stomach dark line
Or more commonly known as The Pregnancy Line, is a dark line that stretches from your navel to your pubic bone. The cause is unknown but said to be related to hormonal changes from pregnancy. While there is nothing much you can do about it while it’s there, the discoloration should start to fade gradually and should completely disappear if you protect your skin from the sun.
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Most women emerge from pregnancy with stretch marks. Although they may be bright red during and shortly after pregnancy, they will slowly fade to silver and blend in with your skin after some time. However, they will not disappear completely.
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Many women know that this is caused by the weight gained from pregnancy, but hormones and water retention play a part too. The hormone relaxin, which relaxes muscle ligaments in your body to prepare it for childbirth, makes the ligaments in your feet a lot looser. The fluids your body makes and retains during pregnancy also needs some place to go. These, coupled with the body weight pressing on your arch, might cause your feet to flatten and lengthen, even permanently!
The spider veins and varicose veins you get as a result of this will also improve with your weight loss, but will never go away completely.
After giving birth, your vagina would naturally widen. Most of the time, the vagina will regain some muscle tone after a few weeks, making any widening something minor. Although it won’t return to how it was before birth, any changes should be small in the long run.
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This isn’t very common, but some women experience gas coming from their vaginas after giving birth. While the reason is not really known, it probably has something to do with all the changes in the body. Most of the time, this will go away after around ten months.
Pain and discharge
Vaginal discharge is the body’s way of getting rid of blood, bacteria, and sloughed-off tissue from the uterus lining. The discharge will even resemble menstrual period but this will get less and less until it gradually disappears.
Pregnancy and childbirth might weaken your pelvic floor muscles, causing incontinence. During delivery, there might even be damage to the nerves controlling your bladder. Doing kegels might help this problem and women can start this after giving birth provided it doesn’t hurt.
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Your body produces and retains more fluid when you are pregnant. After giving birth, your body will purge all the excess water by causing you to sweat. A lot. Like actually, a whole lot. Many women experience serious night sweating You would probably urinate more as well.
Stomach (baby belly)
Women tend to imagine that the bulge in their belly is almost entirely due to the baby and that once the baby is out, their bellies will return to normal straight away. However, it takes a few weeks for your belly to return to its pre-pregnancy state and this is due to how the uterus enlarges during pregnancy.
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If you’ve been watching your diet and exercising regularly (please consult your gynae about this!) during pregnancy and following the birth of your child, getting your body back in shape will be just a matter of time.
When your belly has to swell to such volumes to accommodate your baby, your skin has to stretch as much too. After giving birth and as your uterus shrinks, you’d notice some saggy and loose skin around your tummy area. This is normal and exercise will help to get it back to normal.
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Because of the pregnancy, your stretched abdomen muscles will take a while before becoming strong again, and your back will be bearing the brunt of the burden till your abdominal muscles tighten up again. If you had poor posture during your pregnancy, it might lead to more severe back pains during this time as well.
No sex drive
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There are a few reasons for this but most of them have to do with how your estrogen levels stand after pregnancy. Your estrogen levels that have risen during pregnancy will abruptly plunge after you give birth. This fluctuation causes a woman’s sex drive to be low. Your shiny new baby would also be a handful especially during the first few months and you may be so busy with this that there will be no time to even think about sex.
If you had vaginal delivery, it may lead to a loose vaginal canal. This, in turn, may lead to a loss of sensation during intercourse (and even urinary incontinence), leading to a lower sex drive.
Some of these are changes in your body after childbirth that proven, non-invasive solutions eliminate for good.
Proven Methods to Solve Issues in Your Body after Birth
(Please consult your doctor before seeking treatment!)
Venus Legacy can freeze and tighten up your skin almost immediately after pregnancy and is one of the most effective treatments for post-baby saggy skin! It uses multi-polar radio frequency and pulsed magnetic fields, both great for soothing and healing skin, and eventually tightening it. This treatment stimulates your body’s natural healing process and, with it, you will achieve not only tighter tummy skin but also softer skin!
Laser Breast Enhancement
Most women experience a drop in cup size and get saggier breasts after pregnancy. Thanks to laser breast enhancement, you can firm up your breasts without surgery. As this is 100% non-invasive, there are no drugs, needles, nor incisions! It works by strengthening the blood pressure found in the capillary vessels and activating your sympathetic nerves. It also accelerates the microcirculation in the breast region and promotes the secretion of estrogen. This can thicken the connective tissue as well as stimulate the re-growth of breast cells.
If you’re worried about what childbirth might do to your body, don’t fret. There are solutions even for issues like vaginal laxity or looseness after childbirth! This vaginal rejuvenation treatment will only take 15-minutes and is essentially a pain-free vaginoplasty that will bring the tightness back in the vagina. This procedure helps in stimulating the production of elastin and collagen, restoring the elasticity and tightness of the vagina and pelvic floor muscles.
You have sacrificed a lot to become a mother but there is no reason why you cannot get your pre-pregnancy body back.
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PS: Stay tuned as we discuss how each issue can be solved to help new mothers as you regain that confidence.[sgmb id=1]