Physical and emotional changes that come with motherhood

Physical and emotional changes that come with motherhood

Weight loss following birth Immediately after giving birth you will lose weight, the exact amount varying with each mother, but usually up to 8 pounds, the combined weight of your baby and placenta, and that amount of blood and amniotic fluid lost at birth. Later, weight loss will be slower as your body will gradually eliminate all the fluids it retained during pregnancy. This will probably result in your urinating more often, or sweating often during the day and night. Nonetheless, it will take longer to reach your true weight, sometimes up to one year. This will mainly depend on you, your proper eating habits and your moderate exercise program postpartum. Breastfeeding may also help. My breasts and lactation. Even though you are not breastfeeding your baby, your breasts will produce milk so they will be swollen and cause you a certain amount of discomfort for several days. This discomfort tends to become worse between three and five days postpartum. The use of a special bra during this postpartum stage is recommended, and that you apply very cold compresses on your breasts (don't place them directly on your breasts, wrap them in a towel), so the pain from the swelling and the production of milk will decrease, although it may take quite some time for the milk to totally stop.Hair loss. No, you are not going to go bald from the heavy loss of hair following birth. At the same time as the high levels of estrogen made you lose some hair during pregnancy, the postpartum decrease in those levels makes your hair loss increase greatly. This does not mean that your hair won't grow back; in a year your hair will be as full as it was before. Managing Sadness. Don't be alarmed if you feel down or slightly depressed after having a baby, its the hormonal changes affecting your mood. Labor is a major effort that moms experience, and the family must understand that your need lots of rest and support in order to heal physically and mentally. If your sadness persists and you can't control your emotions after the first few weeks, you should call your doctor so you can either cross off or treat a dangerous postpartum depression. And as your hair fell out, that excessive facial and body hair, developed during pregnancy because of an increase of endogenous hormones, will disappear.



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