We all know that our bodies change during pregnancy. How else could we grow a baby? While these changes vary for every mum-to-be, there are some things that you can guarantee. Your womb will expand. You can rest pretty easy that your ankles will too.

But, less of us think about what happens once we’ve given birth. It’s no surprise. Rightly so, the baby is the priority then. But, to ensure you don’t suffer a crisis of confidence when caring for your newborn, spend some time understanding what your body will look like after the main event.

Celebs brag about fast recovery after their children and create pressure to ‘spring back’ after a baby. In truth, it’s unlikely that will happen. Your body has gone through a transformative experience. It can take months to rid yourself of the pregnancy pouch.

And, that isn’t the only surprise in store. Let’s look at a few more.

Sagging skin

After expanding to make room for baby, you may find that your skin loses some of its elasticity. When this happens, it can appear sagging and wrinkled. Hardly the fine-trimmed tummy of your pre-pregnancy self. But, this is all part of pregnancy. The good news is, there’s plenty you can do about it. In extreme cases, it may be necessary for you to turn to companies like Sculpture Clinic who can help you reach a flat tummy once again. Surprisingly, the most extreme cases are often from the skinniest mums. Their skin has stretched that bit further, after all. If the condition isn’t such an issue, you can always turn to toning exercises which will get you back to normal.

Stretch marks

We all know that stretch marks happen during pregnancy. What you might not realise is that they never completely fade. But, rest easy that their appearance will improve. They could even become near enough invisible if you act fast. Straight after the birth, these marks will appear red and irritated. But, much like a scar, they will change over time and become much less visible. This process will be much faster if you invest in a scar cream and apply it on a regular basis. These work by softening and hydrating the affected skin. Over time, they can work to reduce the appearance.

Loss of hair

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Even if you were prepared for the above two points, this might take you by surprise. But, it’s worth noting that your hair will start to fall out after the birth. The critical thing to do is not panic. You aren’t going bald. But, during pregnancy, hair growth is frozen. Hence, you don’t lose the dead hair you usually would. That’s why your hair looked so full as your pregnancy progressed. When you’ve given birth, you lose what you haven’t for nine months. It can be a shock, but the best thing to do is brush your hair often, and perhaps even get a haircut. Keep the faith, too, that this is only a temporary situation.

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