Newborn babies demand significant amounts of attention. After bringing the baby home, the house needs to be kept clean, you might return to work and people want to stop by and meet the new addition. Who in the world has time for sex with all of this going on? Losing your sex drive after giving birth is not unusual, and knowing it is a temporary situation will help you relax.
While many women may struggle to lose weight and regain their pre-pregnancy shape, other new mothers may shed pounds quickly. The rate at which you lose your pregnancy weight can affect your health and the health of your breastfeeding baby. Very rapid weight loss may signal the presence of postpartum depression, or baby blues. Notify your doctor if you experience any unusual postpartum symptoms such as excessive weight loss, loss of appetite or frequent crying spells.
Pregnancy results in a whole lot of changes in a woman's body. You may expect normal pregnancy changes like an expanding uterus and enlarged breasts, but you might not consider other common factors like your heart rate speeding up from around 70 beats per minute to around 90 beats per minute, or the need to urinate much more frequently. One positive side effect of pregnancy is the tendency of your hair to grow lush and full. Unfortunately, like the rest of your body, this returns to normal after the baby is born, too.
If you've just had your first baby, you may be surprised and disappointed to see that you still look pregnant. Hoping to slip into your favorite skinny jeans, you are disheartened to reach for the same maternity clothes you've been wearing day after day for the past several months. Don't worry: You're perfectly normal. While some women seem to slip effortlessly into their pre-pregnancy clothes in a matter of weeks, this is not the norm. It takes four weeks for your uterus alone to get back to its normal size, and that's just the beginning of the recovery process. Most women take six months or more to recover fully from giving birth.
Just because you had dreams of getting into your favorite jeans right after you delivered doesn't mean it's going to happen. Sure, you may know a neighbor or read about some celebrity who is walking around in her pre-pregnancy bod in just a mere two or four weeks, but that is not the norm. Gradual weight loss is. In fact, it might not be good for your baby if you lose weight too fast.
Though you may love your little bundle of joy, you're certainly not too happy about the little bundle she left around your middle. The skin must stretch during pregnancy to accommodate a growing baby, but your skin isn't always quick to rebound. Getting rid of the saggy skin of your post-baby belly can prove to be difficult.
Weaning has an undeniable emotional impact on many mothers, as they struggle to let go of the physical connection they once shared with their nursing tot. Along with this emotional challenge often also comes slight physical pain in the form of breast tenderness. As your body adjusts to your lack of nursing, you will likely experience some minor discomfort. This tenderness is perfectly normal and, in most cases, quite mild.
One of the many blessings that comes with pregnancy is the lack of your menstrual cycle. This continues for a short period of time after you give birth, but you should expect it to come eventually. Every woman's body is different, and there are many things that could affect when you get your period.
You've delivered your baby and had your six-week checkup, and your doctor has given you the all-clear to begin exercising again. Exercise after pregnancy will help you get your body back quickly and may keep your mood up and prevent postpartum depression, according to the Mayo Clinic. Combine strength building, cardiovascular and core-enhancing exercises to get the healthiest you possible.
You've delivered your baby, and you are both doing well. The only problem is, you want to lose your baby weight sooner rather than later. You can drop the pounds safely by sticking with a healthy, balanced diet. Keep your expectations realistic, though, and remember that you taking care of your baby is more important that getting your super-hot body back. If you are breastfeeding, keep in mind that you are still eating for two and don't cut your calories too much.