Postpartum Body: From Leaking to Hair Loss to Saggy Boobs
So I'm 99.9% sure I'm done with having babies. I mean, three girls! Why would I want more? Chances of me having another girl are pretty high. No boys for me. Poor James. As he would say, a tsunami if estrogen fills this house. One thing is for sure: I am NOT looking forward to the teenage years!
There are several post baby body changes nobody tells you about when you first decide to have a baby. Believe me when I say, after the second and third child, these changes are tough to budge!
I'm going to share some of my experiences, as well as point out some other changes some of my friends with babies have experienced. I'll go into a bit more detail with my own experiences. I mean, I may as well. James thought it was hilarious sharing some of my most embarrassing moments with all of his mates, so here goes!
When your doctors and midwives stress to you the importance of pelvic floor exercises, they mean it! Never mind the fact that you now have wet and dirty nappies to take care of. You don't want to be dealing with your own wet underwear as well.
This is the story that James is quite happy to tell everyone, much to my dismay. And of course, his side of the story is much funnier! I had just given birth to my second daughter, Mikayla. She needed to be given oxygen so they had taken her straight to the nursery. Naturally, I wanted to be with her. So as soon as I could, James helped me walk to the nursery to see her. Suddenly, the morning sickness (I'll discuss this soon) came back to haunt me and I was throwing up all over the nursery floor. Now you're probably thinking: This has nothing to do with incontinence. Well, let's just say I wasn't just throwing up. I had lost all control over my bladder. It was like it had a mind of its own!
This is the moment when it finally sunk in. Do your pelvic floor exercises!
In the weeks after the birth, every cough, sneeze and even laugh can cause you to leak. Luckily, for most mums, this soon passes after about a month. In the meantime, wear sanitary pads. You'll need these for postpartum bleeding anyway. Go to the toilet frequently, even if you don't need to go. Because your pelvic muscles are weak, they don't always get the message to hold it in! Incontinence sucks! It's unfair and gets harder after each child. Do your pelvic Floor exercises. I can not stress this enough.
Before I had my first child, I had heard all these great things about what happens to your hair when you are pregnant. It grows really fast and it is nice and healthy. Can someone please tell me when this happens? I have yet to experience this. Not only did my hair fall out but it looked horrible the entire time. And to top it off, my daughter is now 4-months-old and my hair is STILL falling out. I'm surprised I have any hair left on my head.
Big Boobs Little Boobs
A few days after giving birth, you may notice your boobs have doubled in size and they are hard as rock. I felt like I had been given a free boob job and my hubby loved it! Pamela Anderson eat your heart out!
Before you jump up in excitement, looking at them is about the only thing to get excited about. They hurt! A lot. Your Hubby's excitement will soon vanish once he realizes he can't touch them. I didn't sleep for roughly three nights. It was a nightmare. On one night, I tried sleeping sitting up in bed and ended up bawling my eyes out in the middle of night -- much to James' disappointment, who clearly needed more sleep than I did.
Now here's the kicker. Once you finish breastfeeding, or if you're bottle feeding and let your milk dry out, you'll discover those once beautifully round "implants" will more than halve their size and sag. To the floor. Well, that's how it feels anyway. Yay for small, saggy boobs!
Check back soon for more of my wonderful post pregnancy experiences. Do you have any experiences you could share. Post them below.