I delivered my two children, I kept a journal.
Each birth was different but there were similarities
on what happened to my body. This was my experience
during my first months after becoming a mom:
Postpartum bleeding happens no matter how you
give birth (natural or c-section). After nine
months of period-free bliss, my period returned
with a vengeance. I had to use those giant absorbent
pads for a week. My stomach felt uncomfortable
but there was no pain. However, period-like
pains are common as your uterus contracts.
My first was a natural birth, and I had tears
in my perineum (area between your vagina and
anus). Going to the loo was a nightmare. To
ease the pain and promote faster healing, I
used a sitz bath, a warm water bath for my perineum.
I added table salt to the water. It was surprisingly
soothing. My second child was delivered via
c-section. Peeing wasn't a big problem but pooing
was a pain. Just be sure to eat lots of fiber
and drink up for easier bowel movement.
was still fat
By the ninth month of my first pregnancy, I
looked like a balloon about to burst. I was
hoping to get back my curves after delivery.
Nope. I still looked like I was six-month pregnant
after I left the hospital. Unless you have a
nanny to take care of your baby and a personal
trainer, don't expect to be body-perfect.
emotional train wreck
It's normal to get emotional during the first
weeks after delivery. Chalk it up to hormonal
changes and sleep deprivation. I was in my late
20s when I had my first child. I thought I could
do it all, so I didn't hire a confinement lady.
At times, it was frustrating as I learned the
ropes. I could go from cheery to teary in a
minute. Fortunately, I got better with time.
However, if the emotional roller coaster ride
persists for you after several weeks, do consult
My husband was fascinated with this one. My
breasts firmed up as my body produced milk for
breastfeeding. Sometimes, they became engorged.
I wasn't successful with breastfeeding for my
first-born but managed to do it with my second.
Nursing my baby proved to be the quickest way
to 'soften' my boobs.
I peed (a little)!
I was a little leaky down there after my first
delivery. Sometimes, I had to run to the toilet
if I sneezed, laughed or coughed too hard. Don't
worry. You can strengthen those muscles with
pelvic floor exercises.
to your body are unavoidable. After all, you
just gave birth to a human being. Be patient.
Let your body recover and embrace the new you!
How did your body change after delivery? Share
your story here.
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