OF PREGNANCY ON YOUR BODY
has a profound effect on your body. During pregnancy you put
on a lot of weight, your hips widen, your waist increases.
Some women lose a lot of hair while some are lucky and they
have beautiful, lustrous hair. Some women look more beautiful
during pregnancy with a soft and bright skin while for some
pregnancy brings a curse on their face and skin. The after
effects of pregnancy are also somewhat similar. Most women
experience some degree of hormonal fluctuations, changes in
weight, and lack of sleep after baby arrives. Most of these
changes have physical effects that don't usually last long.
Learn some of the physical changes you might experience after
During pregnancy your hormone level rises and because of which
you will find lot of pigmentation and changes in the colour
of your skin. As hormones normalize, you'll experience a healthy
glow. Acne sufferers may see their complexions completely
clear up. However some women might suffer from a skin disease,
which causes a red rash that, breaks out around the mouth
and chin. Some women also experience extremely dry skin, which
can be taken care of by applying moisturising cream.
You will experience dramatic changes in the texture of your
hair because of the fluctuating estrogen and progesterone
levels. These change sometimes last up to two years, so enjoy
your locks and flaunt it for as long as you can. However for
women who have enjoyed a very healthy and lustrous hair during
pregnancy will experience a lot of hair fall. Hair loss after
pregnancy is a certainty, since you lost less than usual during
pregnancy. Hair loss tends to be at its peak at six months
after birth, but new growth will be fresh, healthy, and blissfully
Pregnancy and breastfeeding reduce your chances for breast
cancer. However sagging increases after childbirth because
the skin of your breasts become stretched and will continue
to stretch if you breastfeed. You will also experience temporary
leakiness, even if you don't breastfeed. Wearing nursing pads
inside your bra will help.
Though abdominal muscles stretch to twice their normal size
during pregnancy, with proper exercise you can have a flat
tummy again. If you do simple exercises--such as sit-ups,
pelvic floor exercises, regular walks, swimming etc--you'll
be able to get your belly back in no time. However your stomach
muscles will never be as strong as they were. Labour makes
your stomach muscles weak and since your internal organs become
displaced, backache can be a major problem, and you may also
experience abdominal pain.
During pregnancy because of the pressure of
the baby on the bladder you tend to urinate more frequently.
But after pregnancy this problem is gone and by doing your
pelvic floor exercises regularly, you'll be back to normal
within a few days after the birth. However pressure on the
urethra during delivery can make urination difficult after
delivery. But if you experience severe pain or burning during
urination, it may mean you have a urinary tract infection.
So check it out with your doctor.
Rest assured that pregnancy would not lead your sex life to
a standstill. The vagina regains its prepregnancy muscle tone
within the first few months and the cervix, forced open during
delivery, closes painlessly over a period of 10 days. However
intercourse for the first time after pregnancy will probably
be slightly painful. If the pain is unbearable and unusual,
consult your doctor. After delivery bleeding can last up to
six weeks--though most of it will be discharged in the first.
So refrain from sex during that time.