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?


9 Responses to Body After Baby – What Happened To YOURS?

  • Oh, my hair was horrible! In fact, till my children were about 6 months old I was pretty bald all around my face, temples etc. In the photos I look like I am going bald. Then as it grew back I had a wild halo of crazy curls that would not lay down.

    But, when I look at my children, I know the fleeting embarrassment was worthwhile.

    • That’s what happened to me! My hair is so curly now I can just put gel in it and let it go for the most part. I’m thankful we didn’t really go bald. lol There’s probably some vitamin or something we should be taking…

  • I had pretty much the same thing…except I had a hard time trying to lose it until he finally reached the crawling stage (and then it fell right off). I also had a ridiculous amount of sweating! I had to switch to a prescription deodorant so I didn’t stink…I never sweat so that was really weird to me!

  • Still don’t have mine back! Working on it. The most annoying thing was BOTH times I got my period back right away – even though I was breastfeeding. So unfair!

  • Im 2wks 2 days pp from baby #4 have lost 33 lbs and my biggest complaint is my extremely dry scalp. Im also nursing and my girls have gone from a GG to J/K so lots of back pain. This didn’t happen with the first 3 my hair did get incredibly thicker and the extra hair fell out about 6 wks pp so we’ll see if thsat happens again. BTW excuse any typos as I’m typing one handed while holding the baby =)

    • LOL – I was wondering about all of the “code” in your response… trying to figure it out and still don’t know what GG and J/K mean, haha. But I totally understand, I type one-handed all the time – and I really appreciate your taking the time to comment! :) :)

      I have a lot of tension back pain too from nursing, trying to blog with a baby in my arms, and burping him. And to think they’re going to get bigger! lol

  • I had my baby two weeks ago. I have lost 21 of the 37 pounds I gained, which is nice considering I have been eating like crazy. I definitely still have a pooch and probably will for a while. I also have the excessive sweating that a previous poster mentioned. That is annoying. But all my other changes have been good- my hair and nails have grown like crazy since having him and many of my stretch marks have already disappeared. So that’s been nice. But baby boy did plenty of other damage on his way out and I’d give up my nice nails for a little less damage to those areas!

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