Being a mother has a physical impact on the body which can be permanent. While you prepare for some changes, some surprise sprouts.
You really cannot prepare enough for post-partum changes. It varies, your first pregnancy and second have tendencies to be entirely different.
1. You need a bigger brassier: Your breast will probably be engorged with milk for a day or two after childbirth. The nipple may also look displaced and the colour of the areola may become dark. Permanent change here includes sagging of the breast as a result of the stretched skin. You may also experience milk leakage for several weeks, even if you don’t breastfeed. You look in the mirror and see someone different from you, that part of the motherhood journey.
2. Hair loss: Following childbirth, you are very likely to experience hair loss, this is as a result of a drop in hormone levels. During pregnancy, hair often thickens but after birth comes the shedding time, however, it should go back to normal after some month.
3. Stomach flab: Carrying and growing a human being inside your body for nine months is a big deal. The female belly undergoes more changes during pregnancy than any other body part. Depending on your age, genetics, and this can mean stretch marks and excess flab, or a “pooch,” postpartum. Your post-baby bump will stick our for at least a month, some may never go back to its original shape.
4. Vaginal Discharge: The vaginal discharge is known as lochia. Lochia is the benign leftover blood mucus and tissue from your uterus, mostly from the place where your placenta was attached. Expect this bloody discharge to last between four and six weeks.
The flow can be heavy; hence, it is advised to use heavy-duty pads instead of tampons. Tampons can put you at risks of infection or cause pain or irritation.
5. Bigger footwears: Weight gain and hormones are two main reasons for the change in shoe size during pregnancy. It’s pretty normal for a woman’s feet to swell up during pregnancy. Some women’s feet can stay larger even after giving birth.