Pregnancy & Childbirth One Year On – The Symptoms That Didn’t Go Away

Pregnancy & Childbirth One Year On – The Symptoms That Didn’t Go Away

I was naive when I was pregnant, I assumed that I would give birth and ‘boom’ I would return back to normal, all of those horrible pregnancy symptoms would disappear overnight. It turns out that I was wrong, very wrong, over one year on I still have some of the symptoms.

pregnancy symptoms that don't just disappear overnight and are still present one year on

As expected, my belly is still very much a jelly belly, I’ve always had a large belly so am actually quite grateful that I now have an excuse for my larger than average belly.

What I didn’t expect was that symptoms such as carpal tunnel syndrome and the excruciating heartburn would still rear their ugly head up to six months post childbirth.

Even a year on I am still suffering with some symptoms, baby brain is still very much a thing, if anything it is worse now than it was when pregnant.

I still have to get up to go to the toilet most nights and have zero bladder control. Coughing, sneezing and being sick can be very dangerous. I wish I’d stuck to those pelvic floor exercises!

I often wake up in the morning with hot sweats, these started the day after childbirth and thirteen months later are still a thing, though this could also be due to my current medication.

Another thing, my first smear after childbirth didn’t hurt any where near as much as I remembered, read into that what you will…

Curious as to how long it took other mother’s to get over their pregnancy symptoms (if you ever do get over them!) I asked a few other bloggers what symptoms hung around for them, I was quite surprised as to how many people are still suffering.

Katy – Hair loss, I’m still shedding from five years ago! I have hair growth about 3 inches long near my temples and it sticks out if I don’t grip it- drives me nuts!!

Emma – Bladder control, scar pain from c-section, sleeplessness, weight gain hahaha and an unhealthy obsession with prams!

Alex – Baby brain for sure! There are times when I just can’t remember something or think of a word to say – totally blank!

Lisa – The shooting pain through the bum! It calmed down but never went away – just lurked in the background and has come back worse again now I’m pregnant again! I haven’t been able to sit or lay on a floor since pregnancy 4 years ago!

Emily – Back pain! Two pregnancies and an epidural with my first, has absolutely ruined my back.

Kate – The numbness from my caesarean scar. 10 years since my first and I still have no sensation in that area, I also got awful weak teeth during pregnancy, and was in and out of the dentist with chips and breaks. The weakness has stayed post birth too.

Hannah – Sciatica- started in my pregnancy with B, carried on after having her, then flared up badly in H’s pregnancy and I still have it now when I swap slings, or do lots of heavy lifting!

Susanne – I had to get glasses when I was pregnant with number 3 and the optician said it was inflammation and swelling in the eye’s blood vessels caused by pregnancy.

Kate – Sharon would agree with me when I say ‘hormones’. I still get rather emotional over the smallest of things.

Amy – SPD – 2 years on and I’m still suffering! And I’m pregnant again so it’s so much worse.

Pamela – My episiotomy scar still tears almost 5 yrs on I’ve had a repair and a plastic surgeon said there’s nothing better they can do. It’s like walking around with a constant paper cut….there! That plus my section scar…I’m just a hoot to be around.

Edith – Tiredness. I’ve had 3 that don’t sleep so just as one started usually around 3 I had another one.

Hannah – Carpal tunnel!! Fluffy baby hair round my hairline. And c section scars of course.

Laura – Great big massive nipples forever…….. but that’s more from breastfeeding. I got tendonitis that didn’t go away. The c-section pouch (slash big fat chocolate cake belly).
Lucy – I swear that I lost half my vocabulary when I gave birth to Little Miss H. I also now have spider veins on my legs, terrible periods and skin colour changes around my eyes (it looks like I’ve applied fake tan really badly in spots around my eyes). Oh and a belly button that was (until my current pregnancy) trying to disappear out of my back.

Petra – I still had a tiny bit of milk coming for almost a year after stopping breastfeeding when my daughter was 1.

Heledd – Sleep deprivation. Peeing when you sneeze.

Did you have any pregnancy symptoms that just wouldn’t go away? If so, what were they?


  1. 5th April 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Brilliant post. It is so good to know that I am not the only woman who suffers a few years after baby. And in a few months I am going to be doing it all again. Why, oh why, oh why? Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • 5th April 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks Lucy 🙂 It is reassuring to know that we're not alone isn't it? These responses certainly made me feel normal!|
      We must be crazy ha! I do think there would be a lot less babies if men went through pregnancy & childbirth.

  2. 5th April 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Definitely agree with the baby brain and bladder weakness still got both nearly 16 months later.

    • 6th April 2016 / 8:29 pm

      It's shocking isn't it? So glad I'm not alone though!

  3. 6th April 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Wonderful post! I'm four months post giving birth and I also thought all the pregnancy symptoms would go straight away. How wrong I was! I still have tremendously bad heartburn which is the worst. I ended up having a c-section so I still expect to be having the pain in my stomach and my sister had a c-section 3 years ago and she said she still has a lot of pain too. I've also still got really bad back ache which the doctors said was from having the spinal for my c-section. I feel like this jelly belly will never go away either but it's still early days for that x

    Liz ~ Dreaming of Diamonds

    • 6th April 2016 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
      My heartburn eventually went away after about six months, hopefully yours will too! I suffered so bad with it during pregnancy and couldn't wait give birth so that I wouldn't have to suffer anymore (and get to meet my child, obviously!) but I was wrong!

  4. 6th April 2016 / 12:43 pm

    My bladder control is awful too, sneezing is a dangerous game haha! Thanks for including me xx

    • 6th April 2016 / 8:34 pm

      No problem, thanks for contributing! If you think sneezing is bad wait until you get a sickness bug, it is extremely dangerous!

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