Giving birth is an overwhelming experience and an amazing achievement and your body will respond in your own way when you meet your baby for the first time. Depending on how the birth went, you may feel bruised, exhausted, and disappointed. Or you may feel alert, happy and relaxed.
In all my experiences, giving birth was not an easy job. I have gained over 45kg in all my pregnancies. After first birth I went back to my normal weight in 4 months without doing any workouts. I guess my body was still very young and responded to it in a good way. Second time it took me around 9 months to go back to my normal weight. After the third birth, it now has been over a year and I am still not back to my normal weight even though I started to exercise.
Pregnancy is an amazing experience, even though some has complications and for some it is really easy. Our bodies have spent months nurturing and growing our babies inside us. Now, all the changes that helped to bring our babies into the world go into reverse.
Most common things that bothered me after pregnancy:
Hormones – It’s no wonder you don’t feel like the old you—your life has changed drastically and so have your hormones, at least for a little while. Doctors usually suggest that mood swings, anxiety, sadness or irritability, which resolve within a week or so of birth In my case this lasted for months and months after each pregnancies. Every woman’s postpartum hormones timeline will look a little bit different, but there is lots you can try to figure out how to balance hormones level after pregnancy. If you are feeling baby blues, please do not worry, we all are! For symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, mood swings and stress, you may find relief simply by asking your friends and family members for help with the baby or chores. Do not be afraid to ask help from your loved ones, and if you do not have your relatives around you to help you out, just breath! In my case some light exercises also helped to balance my hormones and reduced stress.
Breasts – From the day one you try to breastfeed, your breasts will produce a yellowish liquid called colostrum for your baby. Breastmilk is perfectly designed to nourish your baby and protect her against illness when she’s at her most vulnerable in her early months. Breastmilk is very easy for your baby to digest, plus it’s free and available whenever your baby wants it. If you are a first time mum, breastfeeding can be a painful experience. You might see your nipples get red and sore. You might feel like fainting every time your baby tries to suck a little bit of milk, but do not worry, it goes away soon especially if you use some special creams which your doctor can prescribe for you. You can also get soothing creams over the counter. Believe me, breastfeeding becomes very enjoyable experience after time, plus you know that it is very good for your baby. The worst thing is that my breast completely lost their shape, all different sizes and shapes, and I am really not happy with the way they look. But this is not only because of the breastfeeding, as we age our breasts naturally lose some of their shape because their ligaments stretch. Breast shape can also be genetic – how we are made will determine the shape and size of our breasts. Try not to worry too much and if you can, do some exercises that will help your breast get back into the shape.
Piles – This is something that started to me from the first pregnancy, similar to my weight lose, they disappeared quickly first time. I still suffer from it time to time, but it is important to take good care of them so it does not become worse. The best thing you can do is to eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, salad, wholegrain cereals and wholemeal bread, and drink plenty of water. Try not to push or strain – this will make the piles worse. Make sure to let your midwife know if you feel very uncomfortable. They can give you a cream to soothe the piles.
Tummy – Honestly, until now this stresses me out so much, my belly is like all over the place. If you eat a balanced diet and get some exercise, your shape should gradually return to normal. I try to do exercises every single day, even if its for just 5-10 minutes, it is important to keep yourself active so your belly can get back into its shape very soon.
Back pain – back pain is very common after giving birth especially if you’ve had an epidural, but you can always take some paracetamol to help ease the pain. I had my first delivery with an epidural and back pain lasted for over a year. I only used paracetamol and some painkiller creams on my back.
Hair – It’s normal to lose up to a third of your hair, starting when your baby is around three months old. High hormone levels during pregnancy cause you to grow more hair over the nine months. When hormone levels drop after birth, there will be a start of a new phase of growth. I was so scared after my first delivery when in around 4 months I found I was getting literally bold. I then cut my hair a little bit and it really helped to stop the hair loss. Strangely after my last delivery, my hair became super thick.
Teeth & Eyes – Shifting hormone levels and blood volume during pregnancy can make you more susceptible to cavities and gum disease after baby, so don’t skip your usual dentist appointment. Noticing slightly blurry vision or dry eyes? That’s probably thanks to pregnancy hormones or fluid levels, too. Those eye issues can persist after birth if you’re lactating, so make an appointment with your optometrist. My eyes have become super dry after delivery, it has been a year but I still use some eye drops otherwise they are very itchy.
Pregnancy and giving birth is an amazing experience. I always heard women say that as soon as you hold your baby first time in your arms, you forget all the pain. And I could not agree more to this! Just relax, take a deep breath, cuddle your baby and remember that you brought this amazing person to the world.