Let’s Keep It Real About Our Bodies After Birth

Post childbirth bodies.. What in the world? I was beyond unprepared for what was to come after my first baby was born. All I knew to anticipate was some soreness down there and a brand new baby. Well, what surprises were in store for me! I was overwhelmed from the rawness of it all and wished somebody had been there to warn me. It’s always nice being prepared when babies are involved, so I want to pass on my knowledge to you all. This is what having babies was like for me:

  •  Expect hidden stretch marks to appear. I knew throughout my pregnancy I was getting them. What I didn’t know was that they were hiding from me. What a pleasant surprise that was! Once that belly is gone, you will definitely be able to see them better. Don’t fret when you do. They will get better. Just keep using your cream and give it time. 
  • Your first poop. Pooping isn’t something people tend to bring up in casual conversation, but that first poop is going to happen and it’s going to suck. Some women have even said it was worse than birth itself! Be prepared by taking a stool softener ahead of time. Just trust me.
  • Contractions. Did you know you will continue to have contractions afterward? Neither did I. It makes sense, though. Your uterus will immediately begin to “repair” itself, so to speak. In order to go back down to its original size, it will contract. For me, it did this for a full week. Not fun. 
  • Hair loss. You know that long, luscious hair you got during your pregnancy? Well, kiss it goodbye. Once that baby arrives and your hormones drop, they’re taking your hair with them. I lost quite a bit of hair after my son was born. There’s no bald spots or anything, but it definitely thinned out in some areas. 
  • You may develop new problems. Before my first was born, I had few health issues. Suddenly, though, I developed PCOS. Apparently this is a natural phenomenon. 
  • Breastmilk. Nobody told me about the day when your milk comes in. That was like my own personal hell. I woke up in excruciating pain, and covered in dry, stinky milk. It was gross and painful. It’s weird waking up with your boobs two sizes bigger than when you went to sleep. It does get better after a couple of days, however. 

There you have it. For me, these were the most prominent surprises. I want you to be more prepared than I was. Ask around, maybe some other moms will have more advice for you! It will make your first few days with your baby go much smoother if you know what’s in store for you. Of course, everyone is different. That goes without saying. Don’t let me scare you, though. Although everything mentioned is definitely annoying, that little bundle of joy makes it all worth it. You will hardly mind these things even you’re looking at your brand new sweet baby.