What Can Happen to Your Body After Having a Baby
by Anna Nicks

During your pregnancy, you may have noticed the vast changes in your body. It had to work extremely hard in order to make sure that your growing baby was kept healthy and safe.

Now, your baby is here instead of inside your body and your body is going through even more changes. Some of the changes will be ones that are physical, like your breasts filling with milk, or even your hair falling out. There will more than likely be emotional changes though too, like feeling additional stress. Here is a quick look at a few of the changes that you can expect.

Hair Loss

You may have noticed your hair getting thicker when you were pregnant. If so, it might now begin to fall out in handfuls. This is natural and does happen to quite a few new mothers in those first few months following the birth of their child. Don’t worry, though, you won’t end up going bald.

During pregnancy, the higher estrogen levels can lead to a prolonged growing phase with regards to your hair. This causes less of it than usual to fall out. Once you give birth, those estrogen levels drop and you will begin to shed more. With time, typically within about a year, your rate of shedding and growth will go back to normal. If you feel like you can’t wait that long, you might try a scalp treatment for hair loss.

Skin

Changes in your hormones and stress, combined with the fatigue that comes with being a new parent can have an effect on your skin as well as with the rest of your body. You might notice a few new skin problems. Women who may have had flawless skin while they were pregnant can expect there to be a spate of breakouts once they have given birth. Alternatively, if you tended to be more prone to acne while you were pregnant, you might see a bit of improvement after birth.

If you suffered from darkened skin on your nose, lips, forehead and or cheeks – chloasma – this will begin to fade after birth. Stretch marks that come with pregnancy will begin to fade in color with the passing of time, but don’t expect them to completely disappear.

Urinary Issues

One of the things that can happen to your body in the first few weeks after birth has to do with urination. You might feel burning or pain when you go to urinate. Alternatively, you might try to urinate only to find out that you aren’t able to. At other times, you might feel as if you will never stop urinating. This is known as incontinence. For those suffering from these symptoms, there are things that you can do for relief:

·  When you go to the bathroom, have water running in the sink.

·  Drink a lot of water.

·  Soak for a while in a warm bath.

·  If you continue to experience pain, call your doctor.

·  Make sure that you are doing your Kegel exercises so that you can strengthen the muscles in your pelvis. This can actually be of assistance when it comes to incontinence.

Emotions

You might be experiencing mood swings and these can be caused by a number of things that include changes with your hormones, discomfort that comes with having just given birth, loss of sleep, other demands of taking care of a newborn, and the emotional adjustment that is part of being a new mother. No matter what the cause of your mood swings, remember that it is perfectly natural to feel a little down. This can begin a few days after the birth and can last as long as a few weeks.

If you find that you are still having these feelings after a few weeks, or that you are feeling even more down than usual, don’t hesitate to call your doctor and tell him or her your symptoms. You might be suffering from a condition known as postpartum depression. This is a condition that is serious and requires treatment.

As you can see, it is totally natural to go through some changes after giving birth. After all, your body has been under severe stress for the last nine months. It needs time to adjust to not being pregnant anymore. Don’t worry, though, the changes will pass in time.

About Dr. Anastasia

Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition, speaks four languages, starred on a yoga TV show, produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs, and is a mother of a kindergartner, twin toddlers, and a newborn. Dr. Anastasia loves doing crafts with her children and sharing her easy healthy recipes and knowledge of health and food with mothers to help them raise healthier families.
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