Pregnancy Facts: Post Delivery Changes Women Should Expect

By Abbie Uychiat, Parent Herald March 30, 10:29 am

Post pregnancy is another chapter that women have to face. There are several body changes that can sometimes be overwhelming. Aside from dealing with the deformed belly, there are other body changes that women needs to anticipate

Body changes vary per mother, as some would only go through minimal changes, there are those who would need to go through the overwhelming adjustment period after childbirth, Parents reported. Some women might wonder as to why they still look pregnant after childbirth, as some would worry with their dark line on their abdomen (linea negra) would eventually diminish. Listed below are a few post-delivery changes that women should expect.

Post Pregnancy Belly

It's a bit of a challenge for women to deal with a post pregnancy belly as most women find it inconvenient to walk around with a post pregnancy belly. Not only does it feel uncomfortable, but it can sometimes be painful too.

"After you give birth, lots of women expect that their belly will return to its normal size almost immediately," Dr. Silvana Ribaudo told Web Md. "It takes about 6-8 weeks before the uterus is back to its pre-pregnancy size."

Uncontrollable Shaking

Some woman would undergo uncontrollable shaking after childbirth. Though some would fret and get a bit nervous about it, Dr. Shannon Clark of associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston stated that it is normal.

It usually lasts several minutes to a few hours, but it should not exceed the following days. If it does, it can be a sign of infection that your doctor should know about. "It's caused by a combination of the adrenaline from pushing as well as from hormonal shifts," Shannon Clark said.

Massive Hair Loss

The shiny locks and thick hair acquired during the entire pregnancy will eventually replace. According to Wed MD, women should expect massive hair fall after having her first child as the estrogen levels and the body's hormones are still out of sync.


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