Common Concerns After Pregnancy

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Having a baby is a life-changing experience that brings joy to a new family. However, with the new baby also come many bodily changes that can leave women wondering if they will ever return to normal following their child’s birth.

Throughout a woman’s pregnancy, her body must stretch and expand in order to accommodate a growing baby. This can lead to significant changes that can linger for many months postpartum. For this reason, the following common concerns for women after pregnancy are explained along with some simple solutions in order to help women get back their body following the birth of a new baby.

Weight Gain
No matter what kind of physical shape a woman was before pregnancy, it is known that she will gain weight. While the recommended weight gain for pregnancy will vary according to a woman’s body type, it is likely that a few pounds will remain after the baby is born. Fortunately, many of these extra pounds will slowly melt away after the first few months. However, once a doctor gives their approval, a woman may find that moderate exercise can help them to shed the last few extra pounds.

Loose Abdominal Muscles
Throughout a pregnancy, the abdominal muscles become stretched as the baby grows. Once the baby is born, many women find that their abdominal muscles feel looser and contribute to a flabby belly. Fortunately, loose abdominal muscles are a temporary problem. Special exercises can be started immediately after giving birth to begin building these muscles back up. Once the post-partum period is over, more strenuous forms of exercises can be started, such as crunches and leg raises, in order to help develop tone and definition.

Fatigue
Giving birth is hard work. Additionally, sleep deprivation, extra household chores and breastfeeding can all contribute to the exhaustion that many new mothers feel in the first few months. Left untreated, this feeling can also contribute to postpartum depression. For this reason, it is important for new moms to make rest a priority. Additionally, making sure to receive regular exercise can help to combat feelings of fatigue.

Stretch Marks
The rapid weight gain and expansion of skin during pregnancy can contribute to stretch marks. Most mothers can take comfort that these reddish scars will eventually lighten over the coming months. In the meantime, keeping them moisturized with a quality lotion will help them to fade. Additionally, staying on top of exercise and eating a healthy diet will help a woman to continue to maintain a healthy body image.

After pregnancy, a woman will often be left with several concerns regarding her new body. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to help a woman to regain her former shape and physique. By taking the time to care for herself during the postpartum period, a woman will be better equipped to meet the needs of both her and the newborn baby.
Author bio:  Karlee Wiggins blogs about health topics.  She is the mother of three kids.  After her last child was born she looked into breast augmentation to help with her self-esteem and found it was a beneficial option for her body image.

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