Body Changes after Childbirth – The Strange and Unusual!

Body Changes after Childbirth

There is no predicting which of the following, if any, body changes after childbirth you will experience. While there are risk factors or signs it is dependent on each individual.

There are common follow-on changes your body will experience and the degree and severity of each concern will also vary.

1. Experience Low Energy Levels

Being pregnant can be exhausting enough. When baby arrives and you are up every few hours to feed and change nappies (diapers) then it is understandable that you will experience sheer exhaustion due to now transitioning into a full-time role of caring for your baby.

While you may not feel like it; my post-pregnancy rest and recovery sessions are designed to keep this in mind which is why they are short and designed for you. Maintaining some form of activity will help you to recover.

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2. Incontinence after childbirth

During pregnancy you feel like you are constantly running to the toilet caused by baby pressing on your bladder. Pressure on the urethra during delivery can make urination difficult postpartum. You may also experience a UTI (urinary tract infection) which can cause a burning sensation when you urinate. Continue with your pelvic floor exercises. A strong pelvic floor will help you stop the leakage!

3. Sweating

Your body will start to get rid of all the fluids it accumulated during your pregnancy and as a result you may experience excessive sweating at night.

4. Constipation after childbirth

You are likely to experience constipation post-pregnancy if you were constipated during pregnancy.

5. Vaginal discharge after childbirth

After delivery, you will start to have a vaginal discharge made mostly of blood and what is left of the uterine lining from your pregnancy. This is called lochia and can last for several weeks.

6. Back Pain after childbirth

There are a number of reasons as to why you may experience back pain after pregnancy. Back pain could arise due to poor posture during pregnancy or because your body is putting extra weight on the muscles of your back which can often cause continual back pain until the abdominal muscles tighten up again.

7. Swollen legs

During pregnancy you may have experienced swelling and puffiness in your legs which may continue (to a lesser degree) after you give birth. Varicose veins will likely improve with postpartum weight loss, but unfortunately they will never go away completely.

8. Hair Loss after Pregnancy

You may notice that a few weeks after pregnancy and delivery, you may start losing large amounts of hair. Now that your pregnancy is over, your body will have to compensate and lose extra hair for the first six months after delivery. It is important to know that this is short term and your hair will soon return to its normal growth cycle.

9. Skin Discoloration

The tan-colored area around your eyes will soon fade. Also, if you were a mam who experienced severe acne during pregnancy then you should see your skin start to clear up.

10. Stomach Changes

After childbirth, your uterus is still hard and round. That unusual brown line down the middle of your belly will disappear. Unfortunately, those stretch marks you developed aren’t going to disappear anytime soon. Your stretch marks will eventually begin to blend in with your skin.

Now – this is For You Mama!

Your body has gone through a lot – it’s brought new life into the world. The after effects of which, may have left you a little wobbly in some bits and soft in others. I’m here to help you tone up, firm up, repair abdominal separation, stop embarrassing leakage, and reclaim your body confidence! Checkout my Core Rehab for Mamas online program and get back the confidence in your body you deserve!

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Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn is a Prenatal Exercise Instructor. Kerryn’s areas of expertise includes providing women with safe at-home pregnancy workouts and postpartum workouts. From pregnancy yoga classes to week by week, it's all right here.

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