First time mothers always get surprised when they start experiencing syndromes nobody ever has told them they would; what’s interesting, women everywhere are experiencing them, yet no one is talking about them. Why? Women should be prepared, dammit!
Luckily, there’s a mommy blogging community to rely on for practical stuff, and we’re giving you five post-pregnancy body changes you’ve probably been experiencing but you were scared you did.
1. Sex Drive Dive
A decrease in sex drive post baby is nothing unusual even though women are absolutely oblivious to this fact (and so are their husbands). Often, it will take up to a year to feel like you are really back in the mood for sex. Along with a hormonal imbalance that causes a sex drive drop, there are also other factors, like being focused on your newborn, which leaves little to no time for you, and that includes sex.
The good news, though, is that the sex drive will move back up, but it does take time.
2. Belly Bulge and Breast Changes
Almost all first-time mothers expect their bellies to go away the second they deliver; unfortunately, that’s never the case. Imagine the shock! Only after about 6-8 weeks the uterus goes back to its pre-pregnancy size. So, before you look yourself in the mirror for the first time after giving birth, have this fact in mind!
As for the breast area, women expect fluctuations in size but what they are definitely not prepared for is the change in their nipple size and color (the nipples darken) as well as veins popping in places there were none before. And they are permanent. For this reason specifically, most Aussie moms are turning to specialists who do breast augmentation in Sydney as well as breast reconstructions and all other breast/nipple altering besides augmentation in order to bring the moms their confidence back (and good looks!). Currently, the procedures are so popular that they’ve almost become a norm.
3. Shoe Surprise
If you thought swollen feet during pregnancy are your only concern in the shoe area, think again; after the baby is born, the swelling does go away but you may end up with a permanently different shoe size.
This happens due to the additional weight you carry for those nine months. The weight itself may flatten the arch of your foot, causing your shoe size to expand for an extra half-inch.
All the extra weight isn’t the only thing to blame; hormones play a role here, too. A hormone called relaxin may be to blame, and here’s why: “It does just what it sounds like,” Ribaudo says. “It relaxes the muscle ligaments in your body to help prepare you for childbirth, but it’s not exclusive to your pelvic area. It also affects the rest of your body, including your feet.”
Hey, at least you’ll have a legit reason to go shoe-shopping!
4. Permanently altered gag reflex
Although this is not a very common post-baby syndrome, it does happen to a lot of women; most moms notice that the heightened gag reflex sticks around, even once their morning sickness subsides. Some complain that the reflex is so strong that they may even experience discomfort when brushing their teeth. It is unknown whether the syndrome is permanent.
5. Food intolerances
It is no surprise that a woman’s palate changes during pregnancy and that they can’t stomach certain foods; however, what they don’t expect is that their palate may change for good! What once may have been just one of the foods you eat may have easily turn into your primary gag-cause. In other instances, apart from not being able to eat particular foods, women report more serious food intolerances (wheat, for instance) that seem to coincide with pregnancy and aren’t at all naïve.
There, we hope you won’t be going through any of these but instead will have a series of “normal” post-baby syndromes or none at all. Ah, what all we’ll do for kids!
About the Author
A regular contributor, Peter Minkoff is a lifestyle a writer for HighStyleLife magazine located in Brisbane, Australia. A graduate from the Australian Institute of Creative Design, he works as a freelance writer .