So, when I was pregnant with my oldest, I just couldn’t wait to deliver my baby so I could see her precious face, plus I wanted my body back. I was tired of maneuvering a weird scoot just to get out of bed since I couldn’t roll over. My feet where fat, I was exhausted, I was nauseous at times and I was just ready for all of that to go away so I can get back to how I was before I became pregnant. I just swore everything would be the same, and I would look and feel exactly how I did before I found out I was pregnant. But, boy was I EXTREMELY wrong. My body changed like crazy and it wasn’t in a good way. So, I thought I share with you the 7 things that stood out to me the most during my postpartum life.
Still have a Baby Belly
When I saw the snapback on Teyana Taylor (see here if you don’t know what I’m talking about) I was like how the hell she got abs 6 days after having a baby. It was that moment I looked in the mirror and I asked myself “What am I doing wrong in life” as I stood there with a donut in my hand. But anyways, I’m a pretty fit person and my husband is a personal trainer so he trains me as much as I let him, but I have NEVER snapped back that quick. I have to say the average person, like me, will have a little belly for a couple months after the baby is born. With both of my girls, I looked like I was 6 months pregnant after delivery for about a month. They say when you breastfeed your belly slims down quicker so with that being one of the benefits I made sure I stuck with breastfeeding.
So after I spent 9 months growing my hair long, thick and healthy, because that’s one of the perks of taking those prenatal vitamins, all of my hair started to fall out. Okay, maybe not all of it I’m over exaggerating but dammit a lot of it fell out. My hair just wouldn’t stop shedding. Every time I combed my hair it would shed. Every time I took out my ponytail it would shed. Every time I would wash my hair I thought I was going to faint to see how much hair came out. I wish I could say hey it only happened to me once, but no my hair shed like crazy with both kids. So be prepared.
Now I’ve always had a nice set of boobs that was until I had kids. When I was pregnant they looked so voluptuous and perky and I was in love. They were perfect. That is until I gave birth and started breastfeeding. Now they look like sliding boards to me. They sag and droop and they are just not their perky selves anymore. This is extremely common especially when you breastfeed. But its okay, because I told my husband once we are done having kids I’m getting a “Mommy Makeover” and then they will be perky again.
Now if you know me you know I love my shoes. So could you imagine the sadness I felt when I realized my feet had grown a half of size and I couldn’t fit some of my favorite shoes. Ugghhh this was a tragic time for me. I’ve always heard pregnant women saying that their feet grew, but I was hoping it wouldn’t happen to me. But I have to admit they didn’t grow with my second thank goodness, because I’m struggling as it is now trying to fit my feet into some of my favorite shoes that I had before my feet grew with my first.
I’m going to tell you that these don’t always go away after you deliver. I thought they did and I was excited to get my emotions back on track. I was tired of my husband laughing at me because I use to cry when I spilled food. I don’t know what it was, but every time I saw my food hit the floor I just broke out in tears. My husband could never understand why I would get soo upset over spilled spaghetti and neither could I. I would be happy and excited one hour and then sad and stressed the next. I could never get it together. But good thing is my doctor told me this was normal and that a lot of women go through it. My biggest fear was that I didn’t want it to turn into postpartum depression which is very common.
Ughhhh. If this wasn’t the worst thing that could’ve happened to me. After I had my daughter I would break out into a heavy sweat every single night for about 4 months straight. It was the worst. I would have to wake up in the middle of the night, dry off with a towel and change my clothes completely because of how drenched I was. I literally felt like someone threw me in a pool. I tried turning the air down and sleeping with less clothing but no matter what I did I still had night sweats. So I started sleeping on towels, to prevent my sheets from getting soaked, and leaving extra towels and clothes on my night stand because I knew around 1:00 am I would be waking up to change my clothes again. Now I wish I could tell you don’t worry they go away, but for me that wasn’t the case. My second is 10 months old and I still get them, just not as often.
Constipation and Hemorrhoids
Sorry to get nasty here, but this is sooo common in women after delivery. Stool softeners became my best friend and I had witch hazel pads on deck after giving birth to both kids. The constipation and hemorrhoids wasn’t as bad with my second but when I had my first it was the worst ever. Primarily because I tore and had to get stitches so I was very uncomfortable already. But the good thing is this didn’t last long. With my first daughter, once my stiches healed everything else was better and with my second daughter I only had issues for the first few days.
Hopefully I didn’t scare you with the ways my body changed. Just wanted to give you a heads up to either (a) let you know you’re not alone or (b) prepare you for what may come. Just remember, everyone is different. Just because it happened to me doesn’t mean it will happen to you.