5 Postpartum Body Changes You May Not Expect
When you are pregnant, your body is undergoing so many changes each day. It’s hard to keep up! But even after baby is born, the body continues to change and for many women. They may see permanent changes to their bodies and minds postpartum. If you are currently pregnant or recently given birth, you are probably already prepared for changing breasts, irregular periods, and even hair loss. But what about those postpartum body changes that you aren’t prepared for? We discuss a few here!
Your feet size may change.
My own mother’s feet grew one size with each kid! After two kids, she had to officially throw out all her shoes and start her collection over again. When I was younger, I thought this was crazy, but it’s extremely common. When we are pregnant, our feet swell. For many women, the ligaments and muscles that swelled never return to their original state. This is also true for your hands. Many new mothers have said that even after all their baby weight has been shed, their extremities like their hands and feet remained at their new, larger size.
Your hair color may change.
This is true for texture, too. Many moms have reported seeing their bright strands turn a bit darker or even change from super straight to curly seemingly overnight! Hormones may be to blame for the hair change. However, with your body changing so much, it makes sense that your hair would follow suit.
If you are concerned about your hair changing, don’t be! Blondes can keep their hair bright post-baby by seeing a colorist or at-home hair dying. Those who don’t want to reach for chemicals can use a purple shampoo instead, which helps to brighten locks with one wash instantly. As far as texture changes, invest in some hot tools, try out new hairstyles, and embrace the new you! You may come to love your new post-baby look.
You’ll be reaching for more water.
It’s a small change, but after you give birth, you may never seem to be able to quench your thirst. For women who are breastfeeding, the thirsty feeling may be intensified even more. This is likely to subside after a few weeks or so. In the meantime, the best thing you can do is keep water near you at all times! This includes while you are on the run: invest in a water bottle you love and take it with you everywhere. Not only will this keep you from feeling thirsty all the time, but it will keep you and baby extra healthy.
That confused feeling may not go away.
Do you remember that feeling during pregnancy where you were forgetting things and seemed to feel a bit lost? This is a phenomenon called pregnancy brain, but it’s not just for pregnancy! Pregnancy brain can live on post-baby for many women—so many in fact, that it has been dubbed “mom brain” instead. Your hormones are raging, your body is changing, and you suddenly have this huge responsibility you didn’t have before, so it’s okay for your brain to have a hard time keeping up. If your mom brain gets to be too much, try meditating, taking deep breaths, and, most of all, giving yourself a break!
This is one most new parents don’t even consider. You just had a baby. You aren’t thinking about another one yet! And maybe you’ve been told it can’t happen until after your first period returns, which may be a while. But in fact, your fertility can return to normal within a month after giving birth. Breastfeeding can suppress this, but for moms who aren’t breastfeeding, it’s essential to take precautionary measures to ensure you don’t get pregnant too soon.