A new baby is a wonderful event in your life, but it also brings a whole lot of changes. And we’re not just talking about your schedule and general lifestyle. Pregnancy also comes with changes for your body.
In fact, the pregnancy period in itself comes with major body changes, but things don’t stop here. First of all, your brain is going to change, allowing you to get in that momma bear mode and become invincible in front of adversity.
But there will be more visible marks on your body, that it may take a while to accept. We’re here to walk you through some of the most common body changes and to tell you that your beauty won’t be affected - only transformed.
There Are Some Skin Changes
During the pregnancy, your body produces a whole lot of hormones to help the baby grow and to keep them healthy and happy. But you may see some changes in the form of spots, stretch marks, rashes, or changes in hydration.
Most of these effects go away after birth (it may take up to a few months though) but the stretch marks usually only fade. Still, you can use various hydration and moisturizing products to get rid of stretch marks during pregnancy, from the moment they start forming and well after the baby is born. These products won’t make the marks go away, but they can help minimize the effects and keep the skin more flexible.
Hair & Nails Changes
Some women experience thicker and fuller hair paired with stronger nails during pregnancy. This is one of the positive effects of hormones flooding your body.
However, things may turn around after birth, when the body is returning to normal. As a result, you may see some hair thinning and even some hair loss until your system gets to a normal rhythm again (this may take up to 6 months).
We know it’s difficult to just wait it out, so if you want to give your body a helping hand, it’s important to pay attention to your diet and treat your hair with care. Eat fruits and vegetables and avoid styling your hair with heat for the time being.
Yes, pregnancy does leave you with some extra fluffiness, especially around the hips and belly area.
Most women lose around 10 pounds in the days after birth and continue shedding off some extra pounds in the weeks after. Now, it’s important to understand (and accept) that you may never return to the weight and shape before pregnancy. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t get to a healthy weight in the first months after pregnancy.
It’s important to watch your diet (eat healthy foods) and stay active (for as much as possible). Of course, this doesn’t mean you should hit the gym as soon as you get home from the hospital. But, as soon as you feel comfortable, you should find ways to exercise and keep your body in a healthy state. After all, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for your baby as you’d like.
Make sure to check with your doctor and ask about the type of physical effort you can do in the months after the baby comes.
Pregnancy can be scary, but it’s also extremely fulfilling and brings a lot of joy to your home. So, the best way to deal with the craziness and changes is to accept that you won’t be the same as before. You will be stronger, more focused, and ready to conquer the world!