Hormones and pregnancy. Everyone knows that while you’re pregnant your body changes big time what with hormones and a growing baby. Your stomach stretches to impossibly large proportions, your hair gets thicker, your digestion slows causing constipation and heartburn, your chest gets larger, your bladder gets smaller (okay, that I made up), and you probably have stretch marks somewhere (or everywhere).
It’s been four weeks (and two days, but who’s counting?) since my sweet little bundle of joy was born, and, even though I’ve experienced all of this before, I’m surprised again by the crazy changes to my body in so short a time.
I lost sooo much weight right away (though I still have more to lose) – it was so nice to see a shape again! I mean a girly shape. lol After feeling like a giant beach ball for so long, it’s nice to feel like a girl again. :) And I had gained almost 50 pounds with this pregnancy and felt really bad about it. But I don’t think it’ll be too hard to lose what I need to… it’s keeping it off that’s hard!
My skin is improving now but a couple days after Isaac was born I started breaking out like a teenager – it was awful! My skin still isn’t looking great but it’s much better. I also break out in hives on my face when I’m stressed which is a total pain… I’ve had them quite a bit since Isaac was born. But the real problem is the ever-present dark circles that makeup isn’t hiding. I look tired all the time!
Oh wait, that’s because I am. :)
My hair. This probably bothers me the most right now because I have to re-learn how to make it look good. While I was pregnant my hair was thick and easily styled… all I had to do was blow dry it, it was so nice! Immediately (and I mean the DAY) after Isaac was born my hair just went limp again. Like normal. When I blow dry it now it looks like I have some body for about 5 minutes and then it all goes limp and curly again. *sigh* Oh well, it was nice while it lasted! And I’m actually lucky so far because no hair has fallen out. After Jaedyn was born I had hair falling out of my head everywhere, I was actually worried I might go bald my hair got SO thin. I mean, it was thin before! But I didn’t go bald. Thankfully. ;-)
The rest of my body. Well, I do have some issues that I don’t want to go into here regarding what happened to my body after going through childbirth twice. I think every woman has something to deal with after giving birth twice (or more).
I’m not complaining at all – everything I’ve been through and continue to go through after carrying a baby and giving birth is completely worth it. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel childbirth was worth the pain and change (even permanent) to their body – we love our children!
So tell me, what happened to your body after baby?