Everyone tells you about what to expect during pregnancy, but not many people tell you about what to expect afterwards. What can you expect to happen to your body and mind after pregnancy?
- You will quite likely bleed for weeks after, sometimes months.
- Don’t get too happy when the bleeding finally stops, your first post pregnancy period won’t be far behind and it might be SUPER heavy. Heavy to the point that you are afraid to be away from the toilet for too long as your super long, super thick night time pads need changing at least every half an hour. Heavy to the point that you are light headed and start googling “can I die from loosing too much blood during my first period after having a baby?”
- For the first week after having a baby you will have complete respect for your body and may even think that you will never hate your body again, it has done a wonderful thing and you are proud of it no matter what shape or size it is. Make the most of this, it doesn’t last long. Following this your confidence will vanish, you will have a jelly belly and feel silly in some of your fashionable pre-pregnancy clothes. You will suddenly feel as though you need to start dressing older and more ‘mumsy’.
- You may even have a post pregnancy crisis.
- The lack of sleep isn’t actually too bad, you will survive, which is a good thing because it is impossible to sleep when the baby sleeps, there are bottles to be sterilised and clothes to be washed!
- Labour isn’t actually that painful, but the contractions are like hell.
- The baby can come very quickly and if people tell you that you are going to be late and will need to be induced they may be wrong, the baby could still come so quick that you won’t make it to hospital, I was told I would need to be induced and look what happened to me!
- Even though you enjoy being parents so much and are already talking about baby number two you will be too scared to conceive baby number two, or even check down there yourself!
- You will be moody at times and snap at your partner a lot, some days it will feel as though everything they do is done to annoy you.
- You will sweat like crazy during the night, this is good though, a quick Google told me that this is my body’s way of getting rid of all the excess water and means that my body is shrinking back down to normal.
- It will take a while for all of your pregnancy symptoms to go, I was still swollen for a while and my wedding rings didn’t fit for weeks afterwards, my carpal tunnel also hung around for a few weeks and at six weeks postpartum I am still suffering with the chronic heartburn that I never knew was possible until I was pregnant, not as much but still now and again.
- Babies smell, like really stink, well their fluffs and poos do.
Please note this is based on my own experience, everyone’s pregnancy and beyond is different, you may or may not experience these symptoms/feelings.