6 things that might happen to your body after giving birth…as if pregnancy didn’t change our bodies enough already.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Poise. All opinions are 100% my own <3
During pregnancy your hair may become thicker and grow faster because of the extra hormones and prenatal vitamins you’re taking. Enjoy it while it lasts because in most cases almost immediately after giving birth women notice that they are loosing a lot more hair than usual. You can blame the excess hair loss on your body adjusting back to its normal hair growth cycle.
light bladder leakage
This can be an embarrassing subject to talk about for some women, but it doesn’t have to be. It is WAY more common than you would think. The truth is that this “side effect” of giving birth can interfere with your every day life. When I was a kid I remember my mom not being able to do certain activities with us, like jumping on the trampoline, for fear of *kinda* peeing her pants! It was funny to me as a kid, but now that I am a mom myself I don’t ever want to have to worry about not being able to play with my kids.
If you do have problems with light bladder leakage try out Poise Impressa. I had never heard about it before until I saw it in the women’s care aisle at Walmart. The display immediately caught my eye and I thought… “ummm YES! This could help literally millions of moms out there!” Seriously. It is so easy to use and inserts just like a tampon.
The best part of it is that it completely stops leaks before they even happen. How amazing is that?
Most everyone knows about the emotions that can come with pregnancy and postpartum hormone changes. It can be INTENSE, but in most cases you will get through it.
What people don’t talk about is the other side effects from hormone changes! My entire pregnancy I froze everyone out keeping our house at 60 degrees. If it was any higher, I was sweating. After I had B my body literally changed overnight and I was freezing cold all the time. Brandon joked with me and said that he had finally gotten his body adjusted to my temperature and there was no way I could switch it up on him again!
Another thing that surprised me was adult acne! Even as a teenager I didn’t have acne so I was shocked after giving birth that I couldn’t seem to get rid of it.
If you breastfeed you can plan on being engorged many many times over the weeks after giving birth. If you don’t breastfeed, you will still most likely be engorged until your body stops producing milk. You can relieve the pain from engorgement by taking a hot shower or using cold compresses on your breasts. I know there are certain pain relieving techniques to avoid if you are trying to dry up your milk and certain ones to avoid if you aren’t trying to dry up your milk so make sure you ask your doctor for the best tips for that.
After giving birth your uterus will begin to shrink back to pre pregnancy size causing achy cramps. Some moms have intense pains while others may not feel the cramps at all. Typically the cramps get worse with each successive pregnancy. Breastfeeding can bring on these cramps and make them more painful because of the hormones released while feeding. They aren’t fun at all, but the good news is that these pains should only last for a few days or so.
If I could shout anything from the rooftops to every pregnant woman in the world I would say “take your stool softeners after giving birth” and start them as soon as possible. Just do it.