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What to Expect of Your Body after Giving Birth to Your Baby

Updated on December 28, 2008

Giving Birth

Giving birth to your baby means you have to pay a price. Every new mother will realize this whenever she looks at herself in the mirror after giving birth. The large bump will be gone alright, but the new mother will be left feeling heavier than she was before the pregnancy. She will wonder, rather desperately when she look at the sagging abdomen, whether she will ever be the same again.

Fat and Floppy

After giving birth, a woman will feel fat and floppy. You will definitely feel heavier than you did nine months before as you will have gained a lot of weight during pregnancy. It will take you about four months to regain your pre-pregnancy weight if indeed you are a serious weight watcher.

Stretch Marks on Breasts and Abdomen

Giving Birth Will Leave Permanent Stretch Marks on the Skin of the Breasts and Abdomen
Giving Birth Will Leave Permanent Stretch Marks on the Skin of the Breasts and Abdomen

Giving Birth Will Leave Physical Changes on You

Giving birth will definitely leave some physical changes on you, but whether it should leave you less attractive or desirable is your own choice - your effort to do the correct exercises to get your figure back, and the attitude with which you take the changes that must occur.

Falling Out Hair

After giving birth, your hair may seem to be falling out more easily, but in fact the hair is only getting back to normal. During pregnancy, your hair will have grown thicker and drier and you are less likely to lose it during that period. After three months from giving birth, your hair will be returning to normal texture and thickness and you should expect a bit of falling out.

Dark Staining on Your Face

After giving birth, any dark staining on your face caused by increased pigmentation will gradually get lighter. Many mothers will notice these dark marks, especially over the cheekbones. This condition is called chloasma. These staining caused by chloasma will tend to keep on disappearing and coming back with the menstruation cycle.

Permanent Stretch Marks on Your Breasts

After giving birth, your breasts will not be as firm as they were before pregnancy. There will also be permanent stretch marks on the skin of the breasts and abdomen but these may fade with time, so that their prominence is reduced. The nipples will have become darker than they were before pregnancy but the pigmentation will lighten with time.

Apron of Loose Skin

After giving birth, the abdomen will have a loose skin and this should improve with time plus some exercises. Some women will have to contend with an apron of loose skin but this is mostly after several pregnancies or when the skin has been very stretched through a pregnancy of twins. Stretch marks are permanent but they do shrink, becoming less obvious, leaving fine silvery lines. But there are good wheat germ oils out there in the markets which mothers can use throughout the pregnancy and after which would help reduce stretch marks.

Genital Lips

After giving birth, your genital organs should increase in size and especially the genital lips. During pregnancy, the lips get bigger and while they do get smaller again afterwards, they are unlikely to ever return to their pre-pregnancy size.

Less Attractive and Desirable

Giving birth will definitely leave some physical changes on you, but whether it should leave you less attractive or desirable is your own choice - your effort to do the correct exercises to get your figure back, and the attitude with which you take the changes that must occur.

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      alanna 

      6 years ago

      i am 15 , i walk around the shops and see little babys and my boyfriend and i just say aww how cute then he truns to me and says i really want one tough i wanna have it the you :) so i don't no

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      Ash 

      6 years ago

      I gave birth to my baby boy 3 days ago : ) my third pregnancy it was the best experience. Of my life xx I would do it again if I could

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      Kristin 

      6 years ago

      Oh my! That is allll I can say! I carried my little boy full term and regained my pre-baby body COMPLETELY within 14 months, without exercise...taking care of a toddler is exercise enough. And as for stretch marks, I only ended up with three! They will fade almost completely in time anyway! Don't worry ladies, Its really not that bad! lol

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      mag76 

      7 years ago

      It's a really great hub. But I have to say that it's all in your head. Sure your body is changed after the pregnancy in a non attractive way, but if you feel good about yourself, and you are satisfied with yourself people will also see you they way you see yourself. They' think you're gorgeous if you think of yourself in that direction.

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      stey_true 

      7 years ago from Maine

      Good Hub! I am 6 months pregnant and at first I was completely stressed out that my body was changing. I've realized now that it happens to all mothers. I know that everything I've gone through in my pregnancy will be worth it when I have my little one in my arms. I really appreciate you pointing out all the changes we go through in pregnancy. This really helped!

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      seo solution 

      8 years ago

      i think the most important part is make baby weep :

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      lee 

      8 years ago

      its the most exciting thing ever had.

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      DAlfor 

      8 years ago from Redmond, WA

      The feeling of holding something made by and coming for inside you is just magical, I can't even begin to explain it.

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      Janna 

      8 years ago

      It really isn't that bad, I just had my first child two weeks ago. Natural birth. And i feel fine. But i'm still resting my body, cause even though i feel fine, i don't want to over do it.

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      southampton dental implants 

      9 years ago

      Nice article........

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      Seymour Clearlly 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas

      This article makes me wish I wasn't pregnant. I dread the aftermath.

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      Barbara 

      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I had the same sentiment, Kulsum!  And I didn't experience most of these changes, either.  It's so individual.  I gave birth three times- once c-section (she was breech), twice completely natural-- without drugs.  The last one was 17 years ago, and the only physical change for me resulted from a saggy bladder. 

      I didn't exercise because my body couldn't handle it.  Some people can't.  Don't lay this requirement on everyone! When I was pregnant I tried to attend classes- wasn't it the right thing to do?  I would leave so exhausted, my ob/gyn finally admonished me, "Why do you feel you must exercise?  Your body is already working overtime!"  I finally got back into it at age 40, when I started spinning.

      The physical changes are irrelevant compared to the exhausted, protective, overwhelming, terrifying joy of holding your child in your arms and not in your womb... realizing he/she depends on you for life even now and has changed your life and your perspective forever.

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      9 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Yes physical changes do occur in the body after childbirth which are unsightly. But, what a wonderful phenomenon giving birth to a child is. Creation of a new from a living body is a wonderful experience and the new life which is born is a bundle of joy to be cherished by the family.

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