Having a baby is bound to change you in more ways than one – if you know what I mean! Things down there will NEVER be the same again and I know for a fact that my boobs will never again be perky.
Yes, I have been through a lot of the more commonly known postpartum symptoms, but I’ve also come across some others that NOBODY told me about beforehand. If you’re going through any of the below, then you’re really not alone. And this is in no way a whiny post – I love my baby more than anything but I think it’s good to be open and honest (hopefully it’ll help someone out there!)
I am aware that facial hair can and does affect many women even before having a baby but for me, I have never had or seen a hair grow on my chin. Until I got pregnant and my sister kindly pointed them out to me! I’m not too sure if it’s because I had a boy and that meant more testosterone in my body, but even since having Raife, it looks as though the hairs are here to stay! And they’re not blonde, light hairs either. They are single, black and thick ones. Easy to pluck, but easy to spot too! I did wonder if the hairs would stop growing once the baby and hormones had exited my body, but apparently not. In fact, I think they’re coming stronger than ever. Whilst there’s absolutely nothing wrong with facial hair, it’s something that I never thought would happen to me, especially in the months after having a baby!
Losing my actual hair
I know that many women suffer from hair loss following childbirth and I’ve found it awful. When I was pregnant, my hair had never looked or felt better. Healthy and voluminous, I absolutely loved it. Fast forward 4 months after giving birth and my hair was and continues to be a complete mess. The ends are bone dry, it’s completely impossible to style and it falls out in clumps. The first few times I washed my hair in the shower, it scared me how much was coming out. Of course, I headed to Google and found that postpartum hair loss is actually very normal, especially between 4 and 6 months after giving birth. Breathe a sigh of relief. Instead, I’ve had to embrace an abundance of baby hairs along my hairline which is also a complete nightmare to style/tame. Hopefully, when my hormones level out, the hair loss should stop!
As far as feet go, mine aren’t too bad. But ever since having Raife, the soles of my feet have become extremely dry. No amount of moisturizing or lotioning seems to alleviate the dryness. It seems to be worse at night and the itchiness can at times be relentless. I have heard of itchy feet during pregnancy, but not postpartum so I’m not too sure how common it is but I am really feeling the effects right now. I have found that the Lush Sleepy body lotion does help in the short term, so if you’re suffering with itchiness, then I can definitely recommend this product.
It’s expected that in the first few weeks after giving birth, you’ll feel very mild cramping in your abdomen as your uterus shrinks back to normal. I know that after having my son, my body ached all over and at times (especially when I breastfed) I would suffer quite strong period cramps. Again, after speaking to my health visitor, found that this is very normal. However, over the past few weeks, I have suffered with what feels like my ladies’ days returning, but nothing seems to be happening or developing if you know what I mean. This goes on for a few days at a time and then miraculously stops. I am still currently breastfeeding so I haven’t had a period for a long time so I assume it’s things going back to normal.
I’ve always been fortunate when it comes to my skin. Yes, at certain times of the month, I do suffer with the occasional chin spot, but other than that, my skin has always been pretty good. This all changed during the first trimester. My chin and neck was absolutely covered with these really sore boils and spots. Thankfully, as the pregnancy progressed, my skin cleared up and I looked a lot healthier and had a glow (I do think this was partly down to sweat!) Fast forward a few months, and my skin is dull, lifeless and pale. Yes, I am sleep deprived and we haven’t exactly been enjoying the best weather lately, but I feel like my skin really could benefit from some TLC. I have been spending a lot more time cleansing, toning using my Elemis products and just generally taking better care of myself and slowly but surely, I can start to see a difference. Long may this continue!
Yes, postpartum life has taken a toll on my physical and mental wellbeing, however, this all pales into insignificance when it comes to my son.
If you are concerned about any of your own postpartum symptoms, then you should definitely go and speak to your GP.