Whether we like it or not having a baby changes your body. You may like these changes and if so that's great however if you feel uncomfortable with your body you may want to make some changes. Everyone's body is different and of course giving birth will effect your body in some shape or form. After all your body did take nine months to make a baby so it will take some time to get back in shape.
You may be one of those mums who after giving birth goes right back down to their pre-pregnancy weight like me, or you may still feel like you are pregnant. You will still notice some changes to your body.
Here are some of the most common changes that you and many other new mums may experience after giving birth:
1. Unflattering belly - If you still have that baby podge and it's not shifting don't worry! You're not the only women to experience this. It may take months or even a whole year before you even see results, after all you have just given birth don't worry about exercising right away you will also need to wait at least six weeks before you have been given the all clear at your six week check. If you are however still uncomftorable with your body after a year of giving birth it is a good idea to seek medical advice from your GP have a look online for advice from Irwin Mitchell if you have scars from a c-section or surgery.
2. Hair Loss - I cannot tell you how much hair I have lost since giving birth! Andy must get sick of all the hair in the shower and in the bed. During my pregnancy my hair was in a really good condition and grew fast. As soon as I have birth I noticed a instant difference. My hair continues to fall out daily. Some women loose much more than I do and even have bald patches!
3. Ensue you continue to do your pelvic floor exercises these strengthen the muscles, which can help to stop incontinence. You can do this exercise either sitting or standing. It can be done anywhere and at any time. For example, when you’re washing up, queuing in the supermarket or watching TV. If you don't do your pelvic floor exercises this may result in a prolapse which isn't very nice at all!
4. Eye sight - Yes it is possible that your eye sight may deteriorate after giving birth. Aparently 50% of women will have noticeable vision changes. This may be caused by Gestational diabetes or Preeclampsia and eclampsia so if you experience blured vision during pregnancy or after giving birth it is best to contact your GP. You can find some fantastic prescription lenses so you don't have to worry about wearing glasses.
5. Severe back pain - I have suffered from severe back pain after giving birth to Amelia. I don't know if this is partially my own fault for co-sleeping but I still have a bad back now at 12 months postpartum. Many women who have an epidural have also claimed to experience bad back pain and shooting pains after giving birth.
I hope none of these changes have scared you off having a baby. Honestly, even though your body does change...it's all worth it!
How did your body change after giving birth?