10 Facts About Your Body After Childbirth That Will Blow Your Mind!
There are so many stories that go around about what life will be like after childbirth.
How you instantly fall in love with your baby or that the hardest part will be sleep deprivation.
If the truth be told, what no one talks about is your body after childbirth.
When you get pregnant there are so many changes that your body has to go through.
It stretches, changes shape and organs move just to accommodate your baby.
That’s no small feat!
Likewise when you give birth your body will not be the same straight away.
It took 9 months for your baby to take shape inside your body.
Its only fair that it will take some time for your body to get back to what it was before you gave birth.
Having had 4 children myself I’m here to share with you the truth about your body after childbirth.
This was a complete shock to me. I knew all along that childbirth would be painful.
I mean its called “labor” after all but I did not expect that after pushing out a baby that I would be terrified of pushing out a poo too.
It’s quite normal after having given birth that you would then need to go for a poo.
But what if you have just had stitches?
I mean even if you haven’t had stitches it still feels terrifying but even more so when you’re frightened of rupturing your stitches!
I kid you not with my first-born I sat on that toilet for a full 20 minutes trying to poop but not poop, if that even makes sense.
They say that you will bleed for a few days after giving birth but I never knew about lochia.
Lochia is foul smelling, I don’t know why but it reminds me of raw expired chicken.
Lochia is essentially a mixture of blood and tissue which is being expelled from the body after birth.
Your body will firstly get rid of the heavy blood flow including clots.
As the days go past the blood should become lighter in color.
The smell will probably still remain until the discharge has all cleared up.
It’s gross and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Granny like underwear
Grannies underwear will be your new best friend.
If you have just given birth and haven’t already purchased some of these disposable postpartum knickers you really need to get yourself some right now!
They are the best thing ever and the fact that you can just throw them away means that you don’t need to worry about having to continuously do the laundry.
After giving birth you will definitely need these to help with the heavy blood flow.
Also a packet of the jumbo sized maternity pads will help prevent you from leaking on anything you go near.
Did someone say more contractions?
Yes, that’s right, there are more contractions to come after the baby is out.
These are not really contractions though they are actually the cramping pains of your uterus shrinking back down to size.
Although it can be uncomfortable its nothing like the pain of childbirth and it should disappear after a few days.
If the pain doesn’t seem to subside after a few days then you may wan to get it checked out by a healthcare professional
The changes that happen to your body after childbirth can be quite overwhelming but never was I prepared for sore nipples.
When your breasts begin to fill up with milk they can become engorged which is quite uncomfortable.
As your body adjusts to how much milk baby will be drinking it should begin to settle down.
If you have decided to breastfeed you have to be prepared for the initial pain that comes with it.
I don’t know about you but every time I have seen an image of a mother feeding her newborn baby she is always looking down smiling at her baby.
When I was feeding my newborn I was holding a clenched fist trying not to scream and frighten my baby because of the initial pain.
I was scared each time a feed was due, but I knew that I had to just work through the pain and that it would eventually get easier…and it did.
Within a few
If you are suffering from the initial pain of sore nipples I highly suggest this to help you out with breastfeeding.
If the pain is
Oh, the sweats!
I didn’t understand that this was normal when it first happened.
I genuinely thought the hospital was just really hot.
I was wrong.
It turns out that it’s actually your hormones trying to restore balance by getting rid of the excess fluids from your body after childbirth.
Feelings of Stress & Maybe Sadness
So far we’ve had a little fun and made light of a few of the things that happen to your body after childbirth.
But there are also some more serious issues to consider.
Some women can suffer from postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression can be quiet a serious issue if it is not dealt with correctly.
If you are suffering from this, you need to see a specialist to help you work through your feelings as they will not necessarily subside on their own.
Some of the Symptoms of Postpartum Depression are:
- Feeling down
- Extreme sadness
- Loss of appetite
- Overly worrying about your baby
- Being unable to get out of bed
- Not wanting to see friends or family.
This list is not exhaustive of all the symptoms.
Back pain is another thing that can happen after birth especially if you were carrying a very heavy baby during pregnancy.
You may have weakened abdominal muscles or your posture may have changed causing you to feel pain after birth.
Your first course of action here should be to see a specialist.
In the few days after having given birth vaginally be prepared to start sitting down as slowly as possible.
Until you give birth you will never fully understand what a privilege it is to just plonk yourself down on a sofa.
It is soooo painful!
These doughnut ring cushions are the real deal in helping you to sit more comfortably.
The belly, what can I say about the belly?
After you have just given birth the stomach area feels the most strange of all.
It’s normal for it to feel empty and saggy until things begin to tighten up again.
You won’t be able to get into those skinny jeans yet so just give yourself a bit of time.
You may even have stretch marks but they should fade over time.
If you want to know more about what to expect after giving birth be sure to have a read of “how to survive the fourth trimester”.
The changes that happen to your body after childbirth are immense and not to be sniffed at.
I just want to reassure you that it is normal, that you are normal and that you are doing great!