Pregnancy is without a doubt a beautiful experience but lets not ignore the fact that the entire process can be a bit taxing on your body. For first time mothers pregnancy is completely uncharted territory and with all the focus on your new bundle of joy and post baby body fitness, the changes to expect during and post pregnancy are sometimes overlooked and can come as a big surprise.
1. Weak Bladder
One of the immediate changes you may notice is incontinence. Pregnancy and child birth can weaken the pelvic floor muscles and in some cases can cause nerve damage regardless of how you deliver. Kegal exercises (tightening of the pelvic muscles) can help strengthen your pelvic floor. You may want to begin exorcises as soon as possible after delivery.
2. Increased Sweating
When you're pregnant your body retains and produces a lot more fluid and after delivery that fluid needs to escape your body. You may wake up in night sweats or simply perspire more in general.
3. Larger Vagina
This is probably the most surprising change of them all. Many women are under the impression that after pregnancy their vagina will return to its normal shape and size over time, but truth is it probably will never return to its pre-birth shape. In most cases vaginal widening is minimal and muscles begin to tighten over the next year or so. And good news, the change in shape doesn't usually interfere or affect your post delivery sex-life one bit!
4. Increased Shoe Size
Due to your body retaining fluid your ankles and feet may begin to swell durning and post pregnancy. Again this fluid needs somewhere to go so you may find shoe shopping difficult over the next six months or so. In some cases your feet can increase by a whole size or more permanently.
5. Down a Bra Cup Size
Its not uncommon for new moms to go down a bra cup size post baby and we're talking a cup down from your pre-pregnacy cup size not those mid-pregnancy eye catching melons you once adored on this journey.