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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.