Body Changes After Pregnancy

body changes after pregnancy

First, being pregnant (and the bliss that comes after) is probably one of the most beautiful times in a woman’s life. While not all pregnancies are the same.  Nor does every woman experience the same set of symptoms.  However, all of the mothers-to-be seem to have the same incredible glow and inexplicable beauty.

Most women are unaware of what they’ll be experiencing after giving birth. While everyone’s ready for sleepless nights, are they really ready for hair loss, tooth decay, melasma, spider veins, stretch marks, sagging breasts, and weight gain.  Furthermore, many experience postpartum depression.  Luckily, these days virtually everything is easily solved with a few preventive measures and treatments.

Here are some after pregnancy changes you may experience and a few tips on how you can survive them:

Hair Loss

It isn’t unusual for women to start losing large amounts of hair weeks after delivery. Normally, a person loses 100 hairs a day.  But pregnant women normally lose less because of raging hormones.  Once the pregnancy is over and your bundle of joy is delivered, your body has to compensate and lose extra hair.  Usually for the first six months after delivery.  The bad news is you will lose more hair than you expect. The great news is that your hair will soon return to its normal growth cycle.  Keep it shampooed and conditioned regularly.

Skin Discoloration

Melasma, or the so-called “mask of pregnancy” is that tan-colored area around your eyes, mouth, chin and nose. Patches may develop over time but shouldn’t be big. Beyond the cosmetic discoloration, melasma does not cause any other symptoms. Melasma usually disappears spontaneously over a period of several months after giving birth, so don’t worry.

Incontinence

When you are pregnant, it feels like you are urinating constantly. However when the baby is born, they are no longer pressing on your bladder.  As a result, it frees you from running to the bathroom every second. However, the pressure on the urethra during delivery can make urination difficult postpartum. Also, new moms may also suffer from incontinence or a urinary tract infection.  It can cause a burning sensation during urination.  See your doctor immediately.

Back Pain

Prepare to be extra patient as your stretched abdominal muscles will take time to regenerate and become strong again. Until the abdominal muscles tighten up again, you may feel discomfort.  Your back may also ache as a result of your back being strained. Back pain can also be caused by poor posture during pregnancy. Generally, the first six weeks after giving birth are when these problems normally clear up.  If not, you may want to see a chiropractor, masseuse or your doctor.

Stretch Marks

Additionally, the first thing to understand is that your body will change.  One of the changes is getting stretch marks.  They often appear sometime after the sixth or around the seventh month of pregnancy according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Furthermore, it is interesting to learn that genetics play a role in getting stretch marks.  If your mother has stretch marks, you’re more likely to have them too.  If you have a lighter complexion, you will tend to develop pinkish stretch marks.  Darker-skinned women tend to get stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone.

While stretch marks can’t really be stopped from happening altogether, they can be reduced to a bare minimum. It’s advised to use a healthy organic stretch mark oil throughout your pregnancy.  However, avoid chemically processed stretch mark products.  No matter how promising the ads are, they can be harmful for the baby and you.

Dear new moms, frit not. Most of the changes happening to your body after pregnancy will disappear within a year of delivery.  You will be absolutely fine.  Take good care of yourself and the baby.  Everything will work out for the best!  We hope you enjoyed our after pregnancy changes and tips on how you can survive them.

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Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about yoga, organic skincare and healthy food choices. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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Jessica Simpson’s Nude Pose

Jessica Simpson has duplicated Demi Moore in her nude pregnancy photo shot.  Jessica is gracing the cover of Elle magazine, and looks beautiful.  Jessica said she wasn’t uncomfortable with the shot, but in fact felt comfortable in her skin.  She has stated that she is more confident than she has ever been.  Pregnancy can be such a beautiful thing for some.  Many are saying the pose is getting old; however, it’s generating some buzz.  Personally, I wouldn’t have the encourage to pose in all my glory.  Besides, I didn’t feel pretty when I was pregnant.  Maybe because women at that time weren’t encouraged to embrace our beauty during pregnancy.   Maternity clothes weren’t fashionable, and we surely wouldn’t have posed in the nude for a photo shoot.  Just looking at yourself in the mirror was a nightmare for most.  My how time changes things.  My daughter took so many pictures of her growing bump with my grandson, and did so with pride.  She showed her bump to everybody she encountered, lol. 

Jessica has revealed that she is expecting a girl, and baby girl will be a whopper.  Her doctor is expecting the baby to be around 10 lbs.  Jessica is contemplating starting a maternity line.  She believes a woman should feel beautiful during her pregnancy, and should be able to wear stylish clothing.  She has stated that she has stayed away from maternity clothes, but purchases regular clothing in bigger sizes.  I love the maxi dresses she has worn, and think they make great maternity dresses. 

It is rumored that Jessica has gained 40 lbs. during her pregnancy.  Doctors recommend an extra 25 – 35 lb. weight gain during preganancy.  Jessica has reportedly signed a $3 million deal with Weight Watchers to loose her extra pounds.  She revealed that she enjoyed a slice of cheesecake before her photo shoot, lol.   

What do you think about Jessica’s nude photo?  How much weight did you gain, and what was your favorite craving when you were expecting?  Leave us a comment on you experience carrying your bundle of joy.  Thanks to Elle Magazine for the photo of Jessica.