Post Pregnancy Body Changes
There is no predicting which of the following post pregnancy body changes, if any, you will experience after pregnancy.
While there are risk factors or signs, it will vary with each individual. There are common follow-on changes your body will experience and the degree and severity of each concern will also vary.
1. Low Energy Levels
Being pregnant can be exhausting enough.
When baby arrives and you are up every few hours to feed and change nappies (diapers) then it is understandable that you will experience sheer exhaustion due to now transitioning into a full-time role of caring for your baby.
While you may not feel like it; my post-baby recovery workouts are designed to keep this in mind which is why they are short and designed for you.
Maintaining some form of activity will help you to recover.
During pregnancy you feel like you are constantly running to the toilet caused by baby pressing on your bladder. Pressure on the urethra during delivery can make urination difficult postpartum.
You may also experience a UTI (urinary tract infection) which can cause a burning sensation when you urinate.
Your body will start to get rid of all the fluids it accumulated during your pregnancy and as a result you may experience excessive sweating at night.
You are likely to experience constipation post-pregnancy if you were constipated during pregnancy.
5. Vaginal Discharge
After delivery, you will start to have a vaginal discharge made mostly of blood and what is left of the uterine lining from your pregnancy. This is called lochia and can last for several weeks.
6. Back Pain
There are a number of reasons as to why you may experience back pain after pregnancy.
Back pain could arise due to poor posture during pregnancy. Or because your body is putting extra weight on the muscles of your back.
This can often cause continual back pain until the abdominal muscles tighten up again.
Participating in my postnatal exercise workouts will put you in good stead to reduce the severity of back pain as you will likely have strengthened your lower back during our programs.
7. Swollen legs
During pregnancy, you may have experienced swelling and puffiness in your legs which may continue (to a lesser degree) after you give birth.
Please always discuss any post-baby body changes with your doctor and be kind to yourself during this life-changing period as you take on motherhood while ensuring you devote some time to looking after yourself.