As a new mum, you’re always running around. Changing nappies, getting up in the middle of the night, and cleaning the house. There are just so many responsibilities that can distract you from your own health.
It’s natural, during pregnancy, to put on weight. A lot of this is just fluid and it takes time to lose. The biggest challenge women face is not feeling like themselves anymore. Of course, it’s just a matter of time to get back to pre-baby weight.
Half of the battle is respecting that your body has changed after childbirth. Pregnancy changes bodies; your energy level, swollen legs, vaginal and back pain, skin discolouration, and hair loss.
The most concerning body changes post-birth for new mums
There’s one area that causes the most worry for mums: the core. It’s natural for your stomach and breasts to be different.
# 1: Breast changes
Your breasts become flushed, swollen, sore, and enlarged with milk. This usually continues throughout the course of your breastfeeding journey. As a result, your breasts can sag because the skin has been constantly stretched. You may also experience milk leakage for several weeks, even if you don’t breastfeed.
#2: Stomach Changes
Just after giving birth, your uterus is still hard and round, and can be felt just by touching your naval. After about six weeks, you won’t be able to feel it by pressing on your abdomen. Unfortunately, those stretch marks you developed aren’t as forgiving. They tend to turn from a bright red to a more silver colour, blending in with your skin. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, you’ll experience some flabbiness in the midsection after giving birth. Sit-ups, certain yoga poses, and other abdominal exercises can get your tummy as flat as it once was, but not always.
Post-birth bodies can benefit from breast lifts and tummy tucks. Many new mums choose to have breast augmentation surgery after their chests change from breastfeeding. It’s a great way to fix drooping breasts – something that’s making you feel unconfident.
If you’re also worried about showing your stomach, consider a tummy tuck. This procedure helps remove excess skin and tightens your core – something that no amount of diet and exercise can fix.
If you’re self-conscious about your breasts or stomach, talk to one of our surgeons. Cosmetic treatments can help bring you back to you again. Especially when it compliments your day-to-day, healthy living practices.
As a new mum, make sure you’re eating nourishing food, exercising regularly and giving yourself you time.