3 Ways to Help Your Body Through Its Changes After Giving Birth
Congratulations on your newborn! While you and the world are focusing on your new bundle of joy, some physical changes might start happening to your body. Don't worry – here are some healthy tips to ease your post-pregnancy changes.
Your body went through some whirlwind changes when you were pregnant, now that you've given birth you might think your body will simply go back to your pre-pregnancy state gradually and aren't even considering the possibility of anything else.
According to WebMD, your belly won't shrink for another 1 to 2 months. Your shoe size may also never return to its pre-pregnancy size. It's not that your feet don't stop swelling – it's because the arches of your feet may flatten under the weight of bearing your baby for 9 months. The hormone relaxin, which relaxes your muscle ligaments to prep your body for giving birth, also relaxes the ligaments in your feet and that contributes to the likelihood of your arches flattening. If your arches do flatten you might feel more comfortable in a larger shoe size.
According to researchers, 90 percent of pregnant women experience skin changes, like acne. Nouri Face and Body Concepts says you can apply turmeric face masks or take turmeric supplements to help alleviate your acne. Researchers found that turmeric applied topically or taken orally has therapeutic benefits on the skin. Here are a few more tips to help you get past your post-pregnancy changes:
Diet and exercise. Obstetrician Dr. Silvana Ribaudo says that exercising and a healthy diet speed up your belly's return to its pre-pregnancy size. Core exercises especially help in shrinking your still-bulging belly.
Sleep when your baby sleeps. According to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, rest is very important in helping your body back to its pre-pregnancy state. It's not feasible to sleep at night all the time because of your newborn. You must adapt and sleep during his schedule to get the most sleep you can.
Check to see if you have low thyroid function. According to the University of Utah, some women may develop low thyroid function after giving birth, which can lead to weight gain. If you're dieting and exercising, but still gaining weight – you should see your obstetrician to see if you need to take a thyroid test.
Again, congratulations on the new addition to your family and don't fret about what's going on with your body. Let these tips be a helping hand to guide you through the 1 or 2 months that your body needs to return you to your pre-pregnancy self.