Pregnant ladies: Are you “mom bod” ready?

Pregnant ladies: Are you “mom bod” ready?

Most women are warned time and time again of just how hard pregnancy and giving birth can be on the body. Even when the birth itself is relatively straightforward and trauma-free, it’s a fairly dramatic time for the body. The new mom bod isn’t just one that isn’t quite as tight and toned as it used to be. You can face a plethora of changes that can range from curious to downright worrying. Here, we’re going to look at some of the changes you can expect, including those that no-one has told you about.

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What not to worry about

Immediately after giving birth, there are going to be a few noticeable differences. For instance, you might find yourself losing more hair than ever before, with a pillow that’s littered with it. When you’re pregnant, your body is full of hormones that tend to reduce the natural hair loss we all have, making it noticeably more voluminous. The accelerated hair loss you might see after is just the body catching up with itself. The same is true for increased nighttime sweating. Your body is still storing a lot of fluids and it will take any opportunity to discharge them. Just in case you weren’t aware, permanent increases in breast and feet size is also to be expected.

After the motherly glow fades

The same brew of hormones that keeps our hair thick and glossy will also give us the “glow” that many people notice on pregnant women. However, it’s not often as pretty after we’ve had the baby. Melasma, also known as the “mask of pregnancy”, is the most common, manifesting as patches of more pigment in areas of the face. This discoloration never truly goes away but does fade over time and can be helped with better skin protection from UV rays and a diet rich in vitamins C, A, and E. There are other skin conditions common after pregnancy, such as hormonal acne, facial spider veins, and dry skin. These are all temporary, however. Dry skin can be treated immediately, while the former two may take months to rebalance.

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Activity is never not important

Heavily pregnant mothers should get plenty of rest and make sure they’re never pushing themselves too hard. However, the idea that you should have no exercise during pregnancy simply isn’t true. Certain pre-natal exercises can help you deal with the stresses of being pregnant and even help ease the process of birth. Post-pregnancy, you should visit MomsIntoFitness.com for help to get your body back to good condition. It’s not just about looks, but about helping to restore energy reserves and stamina after birth. Many mothers do suffer a general deterioration in physical health because they don’t exercise after pregnancy. Exercise will also help you lose the mom belly, but don’t think about trying to rush that. The increased size of the uterus has a lot to do with that belly and it needs time on its own to shrink back down.

Back to basics

One of the most common aches related to pregnancy is back pain. After all, you’ve been carrying a growing baby for nine months and, postpartum, you will be carrying them in your arms a lot. If you have back pain, there are plenty of factors to consider. Changing to a comfier bed and a chair that offers more support, for instance. Massage therapy and low impact exercises like gentle yoga can help de-stress the muscles and build a little strength and posture so your lower back doesn’t have to take all the strain.

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Shutting off the waterworks

It’s one of the slightly more embarrassing sides of having pushed a living human being out, but a lot of women suffer from incontinence for some time after pregnancy. There are a lot of different reasons for this as FitPregnancy.com shows, the most common being that this particular part of the body has been under a lot of stress and might be weaker than before. Kegel exercises can be hugely effective for managing this issue. However, if there’s considerable pain or discomfort while you pee, it might be the sign of a urinary tract infection or something else that warrants seeing your doctor.

The other kind of leaking

Not every woman suffers from temporary incontinence after pregnancy. The vast majority of them, however, will soon experience the well-known milk leaks from their breasts. Even women who don’t breastfeed are still going to be rather full of the stuff, so leaks are to be expected. Some only leak for a few weeks, others will keep leaking for months. There’s nothing wrong with them, so all you should really think about doing is anticipating them and making them a little less noticeable. You can stem leaks when you feel them coming by applying pressure to your breasts by hugging them with your arms. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to start choosing clothes that can disguise wetness. If you do leak, don’t use disposable nursing pads which can keep your nipples damp, resulting in soreness and infections. Use cloth pads instead.

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Not in the mood

It’s not as high a priority as some of the other issues on the list, but many women grow concerned about having a much lower sex drive after pregnancy. But there are plenty of reasons you might not be in the most intimate of moods. New mothers suffer plenty of stress and worry, for one, aided by hormonal fluctuations, as Parents.com states. Breastfeeding can also decrease estrogen levels in the body, which can go on to lower your sex drive. Instead, focus on non-sexual intimacy such as massages and cuddling in the meantime. In a few months, your level of desire should right itself. If it doesn’t, then see your gynecologist.

Just as it’s important to keep a close eye on your health and bodily changes during pregnancy, you should be acutely aware of any differences after you’ve had your baby. Never hesitate to ask your doctor or midwife about those changes, either. Many of the examples listed above are considered normal, but that doesn’t mean that you should skip getting a professional opinion on them.

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