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When you’re 9 months pregnant, all you can think about is the sweet little baby that will soon be in your arms. That’s how I felt at least. I never even considered the aftermath of birth and how will affect my body. Being a postpartum nurse, I always felt that I had knowledge of what to expect during the postpartum period. Little did I know, there are a few things that no one talks about, not even the nurses. In today’s post, I’m sharing some of the key things that people don’t tell you about your postpartum body. Now, a lot of this post may be TMI for some people but it’s really helpful information for any of the ladies that are interested. Your body changes so much during pregnancy but who knew that it would change just as much afterwards? I definitely didn’t! Even though a lot of things happen to your body after baby, I’m here to tell you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Almost all of these things happen to every mama and it’s nothing to be ashamed of!
· You will (most likely) still look pregnant.
Why did I think that my stomach would instantly be flat after delivery?! I’m about 8 weeks postpartum currently and I still look a little pregnant. This is totally normal! It takes 9 months for your stomach to grow. so of course it’s going to take a little bit of time for your stomach to flatten. Definitely invest in a postpartum binder and keep your maternity clothing until you’re comfortable enough to switch to your pre-baby clothes!
· You will lose your hair.
I honestly had no idea that postpartum hair loss was a thing! During pregnancy, your hair becomes so thick and seems so healthy. Afterwards, it’s totally normal to pull out clumps and clumps of your hair. I always thought that I was the only one but several mothers have complained of the same thing! Fortunately, hair grows back and the “mom bun” is actually pretty cute. Rock it, mamas!
· You’re still hormonal.
After pregnancy, I assumed that I would stop crying during pizza commercials, haha. I did not. If anything, I was more hormonal. The first time around, I can remember crying about how much I loved my baby. This time, I feel like everything makes me more emotional than it should. Some people refer to these feelings as the “baby blues” which are completely normal and completely different than postpartum depression. If you have feelings of self-harm or harming your infant, that isn’t normal and you should contact your doctor to do something about it!
· You will have bladder leaks.
Bladder leaks didn’t occur for me the first time around but this second time, it appeared with a vengeance. I can remember sneezing and feeling something different! I actually laughed because I wasn’t expecting it but it’s surprisingly common! Statistically 1-in-3 women experience bladder leaks. This statistic is for all women, not just the postpartum ones! I’ve recently discovered that only 1-in-9 women use liners or pads for incontinence protection! So, I’ve partnered with Always Discreet to motivate all women to take back their postpartum lives! No need to feel too embarrassed to leave the house or too ashamed to discuss these matters. Always Discreet has feminine and discreet pads and liners that allow you to live your life to the fullest with nothing holding you back!
· You’ll have night sweats.
I am two month postpartums and I still wake up sweatier than ever! I was so glad to know that I’m not the only one. The only things you can do are shower often, dress in light clothing at bedtime, or keep the temperature in your house a little bit lower.
· You’ll have prolonged bleeding.
I can actually remember one of my patients asking me if she was starting her period. I had to explain to her that she was still bleeding from childbirth and that she would continue to bleed until 2-4 weeks after delivery. Then after the bleeding stops, the initiation of your period will be spontaneous and sporadic. The first time around, my period didn’t return until Baby E was 11 months!
· You’ll have more pain.
I always thought that I was in pain before my babies were born. Afterwards is so much worse. From using the restroom for the first time to the cramps that are associated with breastfeeding, the initial postpartum period is so painful. Vaginal birth or c-section, there are a lot of things to watch out for/make sure you are taking care of! If you have a low pain tolerance, definitely ask the doctor for pain medicine prescription!
· You may get stretch marks
OKAY. This is the biggest one for me. I didn’t get ANY stretch marks during my first pregnancy… When I started to lose the weight, I noticed stretch marks on my calves and hips. Apparently, if you lose weight too fast (which was not my intention), you can get stretch marks!