6 postpartum changes no one tells you about

6 postpartum changes no one tells you about6 postpartum changes no one tells you about 6 postpartum changes no one tells you about6 postpartum changes no one tells you about
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Pregnancy is a rollercoaster of emotional and physical symptoms, some which are well known, others which are less spoken of - so let's discuss 6 postpartum changes no one tells you about.

It seems there is endless information available, and focus placed on, what to expect when you're expecting - as well as how to look after your tiny arrival.

What is less spoken about is the postpartum period, particularly as it concerns the new mom and her new body.

We're not saying there's a complete information void about the fourth trimester.

You'll probably have heard a lot about postpartum hair loss, stretch marks, bigger boobs, and the baby blues and postpartum depression.

6 postpartum changes no one tells you about

But we feel it's our mommy duty to let you in on the finer details about some of the postpartum changes no one tells you about.

  1. Bigger feet: You'll probably know all about the bigger belly, bigger boobs, and wider hips. But what you might not know is that some women actually go up a shoe size after pregnancy! This can happen because of the weight you gain while pregnant. That extra weight may flatten the arch of your foot, and that in turn can increase your shoe size.
  2. Wider hips: Although you may feel like your hips are wider, it's actually your pelvis bone structure that has changed. Most women see that rectify itself, but for others the change is more permanent.
  3. Reduced libido: You might think you're not in the mood because of sleep deprivation and the healing process from birth. And they definitely play a part. But plummeting estrogen levels also mean your sex drive is pretty low postpartum and may remain so for up to a year.
  4. Bloody discharge: This bloody discharge, called lochia, can last up to six weeks after delivery. It's a mixture of blood and mucus that will become lighter in colour and flow over time.
  5. More brain grey matter: Just when you thought you couldn't get any more intelligent mama, it seems you actually have extra brain cells and nerves after giving birth. This anatomical change is designed to help you to be a mom. Isn't the body just a wonderful thing?
  6. Constipation: This is actually very common in the first week or so postpartum and it's down to dehydration, the side effects of various pain medication, having a C-section, and of course psychological issues like the fear of pushing after birth. Make sure you drink plenty of water, eat some fruit, and your doctor may prescribe a stool softener if needs be.

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