- Women's Health
Granulation tissue and other things no one told you before you had a baby...
Post baby body
The joy of motherhood outweighs anything negative, but I still wish I would have been told what exactly I would experience during the weeks and months after giving birth to my now four month old daughter. Sure we are told that you will be sore and sex for the first time may be uncomfortable and your breasts will become swollen, but no one provides you with details. So here they are, the things I found out about my post baby body only after having my baby.
1. Granulation Tissue - I had never heard of granulation tissue, had no idea what it meant, until my first doctors appointment after vaginally delivering Olivia. My doctor bluntly told me I had granulation tissue, that it may heal in time or I might have to have a special procedure to remove it. Oh, and to make it even scarier, he said I would probably bleed if I had sex, but he gave me the go ahead to try. Panic, that is what I felt when I left that appointment. I already feared the worst after vaginally delivering a 10 pound 7 ounce baby...I couldn't even imagine what may have occurred below the belt! Now I was just told I had granulation tissue, but never really explained what it was. When I got home I searched and searched the internet for more information, for another mother who may have encountered this...but found next to nothing. I explained to my husband what the doctor had told me and vowed to attempt sex with him that night, just so I could at least face my fear. Of course it hurt horribly! But no one told me that is normal. Several attempts later I was back on my game, granulation tissue and all :)
I now know that granulation tissue is basically the bodies way of overhealing a wound. It is connective tissue that healed over my vaginal wound. But it did not play a part in my recovery long term and it went away on its own. I just hope that if there is another mother out there searching in the internet fearing the worst they can see that it will be okay.
2. Breastfeeding boobs - We all have our opinions on breastfeeding or not breastfeeding. I had decided early on in my pregnancy to attempt breastfeeding even for just a month. A month turned into 4 months. For those four months I had perky fabulous breasts, like never before. When I decided to stop breastfeeding I knew the process would not be comfortable. I used all the old tricks, pump a little out, cabbage leaves in my bra, etc. And they worked, my breastmilk had dried up within a couple of weeks. But I was left with saggy tiny little boobs. No one told me they would be smaller then they were before I had a baby and just plain flat. I've heard that they may perk up a little later, I'm holding out for that.
3. Acne - Ugh, I haven't had acne since I was 14 years old. And my skin never looked more beautiful when I was pregnant. Sure enough about a week after giving birth to Olivia I broke out. And do to the hormonal fluctuations I have contineously broken out for 4 months!
4. Weight loss - I was definitely one of the lucky ones who easily lost the 30 pounds of weight I put on during my pregnancy. Every woman worries about losing the weight, but they don't think about the actually physical changes to their shape after having a baby. I may have lost the weight, but my clothes don't fit the same. Along with flat pancake breasts my waistline is thicker and my hips stick out further. And my butt just isn't as round and fabulous as it once was.
All in all motherhood has been a wonderful change in my life. I just know that my body will never be quite the same...but it was all worth it!