It’s possible that I just didn’t do enough reading but I doubt that’s true. After my son was born some weird things started happening to my body.
I expected things would be different about my body after I pushed out a 6 pound baby (which I know, “psh, that’s nothing I had a 9 pound baby!” but when your epidural just stops working while your pushing and you feel every inch of that little monkey come out of your hoo-ha…talk to me). It was actually completely amazing to look at my body after he was born and remember what it looked like before his arrival. I was all belly and felt like there was no possible way my stomach could get any bigger. And then as quickly as it started, it was over and I was left with a few parting gifts.
Here are the 5 things I had no idea would happen to my body after delivery!
Your hair is going to fall out
I will never forget, one day I was in the shower and the drain was clogged. No biggie, I thought. However, when I realized what was clogging the drain was about 7 pound of my HAIR…I got a little freaked out. I quickly thought it had to be the vitamins I was still taking. Nope. So ladies, if this is your first baby get ready because at around 3 months postpartum alllllll of those baby making hormones that we’re in your body giving you that luscious full hair go away. Meaning so does the extra “umph” that your hair had during pregnancy. And it falls out. Like, a lot.
Your period is not going to come on schedule for months
Unless you hop on birth control right away, get ready to be completely terrified every month especially if your nursing or pumping. Everyone has a different experience but this was mine. I pumped for the first 4 months and it was around 2 weeks after I was done pumping that I got my first postpartum period. Fast forward to live footage of me when the following month my period was 8 days late:
Oh and it didn’t stop there. The NEXT month, it was 14 days late. Needless to say…it takes your body a while to get back on a normal cycle again. Don’t panic, its normal.
You’re going to piss your pants…often
I’ve talked about this before but uh…things down there are not as in place as they used to be. If you had a normal delivery you have to think about the trauma that happened in your no-no zone. It makes sense that my bladder and it’s cohorts are not going to be functioning the way they used to be. So be careful ladies, any sneeze, cough, big laugh, or cardio workout is going to take some concentration.
Your belly button is gonna be weird
I always had an “inny” belly button and now it is more like a major “inny”. I don’t really have a lot to say about this one but you’ll see what I mean…it’s just weird. The best way I can explain it is with this:
You’re going to feel completely exhausted and also the most wide awake you’ve ever felt in your life
Lastly, and this is probably the most apparent. Your body is going to feel just so completely exhausted but it will be the most awake you have ever felt. After 16 hours of labor, I expected to be completely exhausted once my son was born but the opposite was true. I was so wide awake, the most awake I think I had ever been in my life. I don’t just mean physically awake, I mean emotionally, mentally, spiritually awake. I looked down at this little boy that was created from half of me and half the love of my life. I grew him inside my body for 8 months and 28 days. Now he was here and it was our job to teach him, protect him, and love him without borders. Here in my arms was this little person that immediately started relying on me for everything he needed. My body wasn’t fully mine during pregnancy, at that point 75% of my body was working to keep him growing, healthy, and alive. I thought that after he was born my body would go back to being “mine” again but I never felt that way, I still don’t feel that way. All of those items I listed up there are just constant reminders of what my body did on March 3rd, 2018 at 3:32 PM.
So yes, pregnancy and child birth is going to take a weird toll on your body that’s just a fact. But embrace it and roll with it, you’re beautiful sweetie.