On Wednesday it will be five month since I gave birth to my little angel. I can't believe that he's half a year in a month. So insane how time just flies by. Tomorrow it will also be exactly three weeks until we hop on the plane and fly to Australia. I'm so excited. Anyway five months have gone by, and my body is still getting back to its "normal" form even though they say that the body will never be completely the same again. We hear so much about being pregnant, the cravings, the emotions, but what I have noticed these past five months is that there is so much that happens after the pregnancy that we do not hear about!!
Having a baby is the most joyful occasion, and it is all totally all worth it, that is probably why they don't tell you. And of course is it different for everyone, but just to prepare you all mothers to be, not only will your body never go back physically to normal (which by the way I have no problems with) but it will take months, maybe even up to a year for you to even have control of your own body again. From the day your baby is born up till God knows how long, a lot of things will happen to your body...
- Everybody bleeds during labor, we all know that, I mean we push a baby out. But what a lot of people do not know is that we bleed so much that we can't wear normal underwear and it can take up to 8 weeks for it to stop
- The contractions do not stop once the baby is out, not in my case at least, I had contractions for about three months after the birth especially while I was breastfeeding
- The boobs... not only has the milk gotten them bigger but they leak very easily if the baby does not eat from them enough. And if a boob gets too filled, the milk gets clogged which is called engorgement which causes fatigue and high fever... not too mention it is an unbelievable pain
- Cravings... In my case, my cravings during breastfeeding are so much more intense than what they were during the pregnancy. I constantly want sugar which is not good, but it really is sooooo good.
- Bladder control has been a problem since day one. There is no holding it in. Once you have to go, you HAVE TO GO! Laughing and sneezing can be a huge issue in this case.
- It takes time for a new mother to find the strength to start working out again, and when I was on my check up a few months back, I was told that I was absolutely not allowed to train my stomach, but everything else was fine. So when I was at the gym last week at a body pump class and we were going to work out our stomachs. I thought "how dangerous can it be"... turns out, not only am I not supposed to but I physically can't. Thank god we were already laying down, otherwise I would've collapsed. But there are literally no muscles there to work with.
- The belly is a working progress. It doesn't shrink to its thin pretty self over night. I was lucky the first few days because the biggest part of my belly disappeared so fast, but then it just sort of stopped. For months now I've been looking like I did when I first got my baby bump
- You might not believe that both pregnancy and post pregnancy effects your hair, but it does. At least it does for me. It falls off easier, it gets dirtier faster and it is just in general thin and disgusting
- For about seven or eight months into my pregnancy I thought that I'd been lucky enough to escape those nasty stretch marks we all dread, but when I entered the very last part of my pregnancy, the made shelter on my hips. These do not fade straight away and now they are scarred in my flesh, but I have decided to do the only thing I can do; own it!