Although having kids can be one of the most joyous things in life, it certainly takes its toll on your body. Growing another human inside of yours is no small feat, so it’s not a surprise that your body will change in many ways.
Although changes can vary from person to person, most women share the same symptoms. Some of the changes may be temporary while others stick around forever. Here are some of the most common changes that women report after having kids.
Stretched Out Lady Parts
When you give birth naturally, things can get looser out down there. When you compare the size of your vaginal canal to the size of a baby, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that there may be some *ahem* stretching.
In some women, the stretching is minimal and may tighten back up with the help of exercises like Kegels. However, in other cases, women may have surgery done to help tighten things back up.
Hair In Strange Places
Because of the changes in hormones, you may notice a lot of hairs sprouting up all over the place during pregnancy. Following pregnancy, they usually stick around for a while; in some cases, forever. Usually, they’re on the chin and neck and sprout up in single places.
Although a few stray hairs are tolerable for many people, others can’t handle the sight. Therefore, you may choose to undergo laser treatments to get rid of them.
Changes in Breast Size
Most women report a change in breast sizes after having kids, although the changes vary from mom to mom. Some women say their breasts get larger, while others say that their breast size was significantly reduced after kids.
There are some women whose breasts go back to normal, however, and hardly change at all. It all depends on your body’s natural chemistry.
It’s incredibly common for expecting mothers’ feet to swell during pregnancy. In most cases, their shoe size goes down within six months to a year postpartum. However, some women’s feet remain a size up or more forever!
In order for your baby to squeeze through your birth canal, your hips have to shift open. In some cases, the bones stay shifted permanently, resulting in wider hips.
While this doesn’t happen to every woman, it isn’t uncommon for many women to report their jeans fitting different even after losing all of the baby weight.
When women are pregnant, their hair is long and thick. This is because it’s not falling out as often as it is in the absence of hormones. Don’t get too used to this, however, because after giving birth, the drop in hormones will result in your hair falling out at a much faster rate, resulting in lifeless hair. This won’t last forever, however!