Dealing with the 40 weeks can be really tricky with all the emotions bubbling up due to the hormonal changes and alterations in your entire body as a whole. But the real ordeal begins post-partum when your body stops turning the pregnancy changes and starts with the new phase of the mothering system. Here are some of the things that no one ever tells you about pregnancy and post-partum care.
- Issues other than just morning sickness: Almost every woman is aware of the symptoms caused due to morning sickness. But did you know about the issues related to breathing, strange changes taking place in the skin texture and very frequent constipation?
- Hair becomes thicker and fuller: During pregnancy most of the women experience changes in the texture and volume of their hair. The locks cascading down your head become thicker, but soon after post-partum you start losing more hair than usual. However, you do not need to worry about that as your hair strands will be back to their normal condition.
- Loss of fluid: There are chances that you might sweat more often than not, for a few days after post-partum. While you are pregnant the volume of your increases by 40-50% and these extra fluids get discharged in the form of urine and sweat.
- Embrace the Mood Swings: Definitely having constant mood swings can be very tough to deal with. But there is nothing you can do to stop them as mood swings are the outcome of the hormonal changes taking place in your body. Do not be very harsh to yourself or fret about it just discuss with your doctor about all the ongoing changes taking place in your body.
- Unwanted changes in the skin: Most women suffer from the pinkish stretch marks formed on the areas of their breast, butt, and belly. You can do nothing to prevent them but the constant use of moisturizer can help in keeping your skin soft.
- The after-pain: Although it took almost 38 weeks for your uterus to expand to the size of a pumpkin, the trip to pear size is done within 6 weeks of time. This is when new mothers experience pain while breastfeeding. The oxytocin hormone released does the work of ejecting milk for breastfeeding and contracting the uterine walls concomitantly.
Also, remember it is normal to experience symptoms of depression post-partum. This is when you should talk to someone reliable or consult with your doctor.