The first thing that happens once you have the child is that immense happiness because of the arrival of your baby. And that lasts for a very long time. You are all busy and occupied with the new rhythm of your life and the baby is the center of your attention. Moreover, you have barely the time to eat and bathe, nevertheless think about anything more than that. However, by the time you get to remember that you exist also, the first thing you notice is that your body has changed. The time comes when you want your body back, but you need to make sure that you do it in a very healthy way without hurting yourself or the baby.
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions or concerns about your postpartum body, please contact your OB/GYN, midwife, or health care professional.
The Changes That May Happen
The first and the most obvious change is the weight gain and the sudden weight loss after the delivery. However, although the baby is gone from your body, there are still a couple of pounds left there. Other things that change after childbirth are related to the hormonal changes that occur in your body and the aftereffects of the caesarian section or some other interventions. For example, your breasts might hurt and be swollen. You may experience hemorrhoids caused by the strain of childbirth. Your hormones may cause depression, body hair growth and similar things, but hormone supplements should help with this. Your skin may feel itchy and you may develop stretch marks because of the sudden change. All these things are individual and they should not concern you as they are perfectly normal.
You will need to be very careful about this because heavy exercising and crush diets are out of the question at that point. At first, all you need to do in order to keep your metabolism in order is to keep hydrated. Only after a certain while, you may want to ask your doctor about your option. Since the muscles are still recovering from the hard work of labor, you will be asked to avoid all kinds of strain because you may cause more problems. This means that all your physical activities will start with walking that will increase in time. Every change and intensifying of your physical activities should be passed by your doctor first. The same goes with your diet, especially if you are breastfeeding.
How to Deal With Skin Issues
The stretch marks will happen to those women who have a little less elastic skin, or who have gained a significant amount of weight during pregnancy. The best thing you can do to avoid this problem is to prevent stretch marks altogether. To do this, you need to keep your body hydrated and you need to apply special creams on your body, especially the critical zones: thighs, upper arms and, of course, your belly. Collagen and Q10 are the substances that keep the skin elastic, so try and find creams rich in those. You need to apply them generously and frequently for the best effects.
During pregnancy hormones are out of balance which can cause black spots and acne on face. As much as it affects confidence, there are remedies and ways to rejuvenate skin after these nine months. Limon juice and anti spots cream are a natural way to reduce skin damage. But if you are dealing with acne scars and severe skin problems after pregnancy, consider laser skin rejuvenation. It will banish the spots and make your face feel smooth again.
What about the Bodily Hair?
Sometimes, the hormones and the amazing hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy and after pregnancy may cause changes in your body hair growth. This is a very tricky situation and you need to be very careful with shaving, waxing, threading and other types of hair removal. It seems like laser hair removal is your best bet. Of course, this may happen only after the period of breastfeeding and in consultation with your doctor. However, nothing will get rid of that unwanted hair like a laser and nothing will remove it so definitely and for such a long time.
The changes on your body after childbirth are a normal thing. Although you may not be so happy with some of them, you need to have in mind the fact that they are all in the package of having an amazing and wonderful baby in your life and embrace them with your new life. When things with your baby get to some sort of normal daily routine, you may want to think about getting your old body back bit by bit and very carefully with the close eye of your doctor. However, it is all to be enjoyed.
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