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What happens after giving birth? 10 things to expect

In Features, Motherhood, Pregnancy + Birth, Stories by Nicole Fuge

Ever wondered what happens after giving birth? Dive into the raw, beautiful reality of postpartum life with these 10 unexpected truths.

By Charlotte Cruz

1. The Mother of All Contractions

Hold on to your maternity pants, because those contractions aren’t over just yet. Afterbirth contractions continue as your uterus works its way back to its pre-baby size. They may feel like menstrual cramps, and honey, it’s all a part of the process. Breathe, Mama, breathe!

2. Baby Blues and Emotional Rollercoasters

Feeling like crying one moment and laughing the next? Welcome to the baby blues, sweet mama. Your hormones are doing the cha-cha, and it’s normal to feel a whirlwind of emotions. Reach out to your support network, and remember, it’s okay not to be okay.

3. Breastfeeding – The New Norm (Or Not!)

Breastfeeding can be a bonding experience like no other, but it might also feel like you’re trying to solve a Rubik’s cube blindfolded. Sore nipples, latch problems, or milk production woes? Seek help from a lactation consultant if you need it, but always trust your gut, mama. And if breastfeeding’s not for you, that’s okay too!

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4. Bathroom Time

Going to the bathroom post-birth can be, well, a little alarming. Expect some bleeding (called lochia) and possibly a few other surprises. Remember to be gentle with yourself and take your time. Your body’s been through a marathon.

5. Hair Loss – Say What, Now?

If you notice your luscious locks losing their glamour, don’t panic. Hair loss after birth is totally normal, and it’ll grow back. Your hair is just going back to its normal cycle after all those pregnancy hormones.

6. Sleep (or should we say lack of sleep!)

You might have thought pregnancy insomnia was tough, but now the real fun begins. Newborns have their own sleep schedule, and it rarely aligns with yours. Embrace the power nap and lean on your village for support.

7. The Joy of Baby Bonding

This one’s the good stuff. Cuddling, cooing, and falling head over heels in love with that tiny person you’ve created. It’s pure magic, and it makes all the sleepless nights and messy nappies worth it.

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8. Your Goddess Bod

Your body has done an incredible thing, and it won’t snap back overnight. Embrace the stretch marks, the softer belly, and the scars – they’re badges of honor. And if you’re eager to get back into shape, do it at your own pace.

9. Intimacy (A Gentle Return)

Thinking about getting back in the saddle? It might take some time, sugarplum. Communicate with your partner and listen to your body. There’s no rush, and intimacy doesn’t have to mean intercourse. Cuddling counts too!

10. Welcome to the Sisterhood of Motherhood

You’re now part of a global tribe of strong, incredible, resilient women. The sisterhood of motherhood is a beautiful thing, filled with support, understanding, and lifelong friendships. Lean in, and know that you’re never alone.

So there you have it, mamas, the honest, unfiltered truth about what happens after giving birth. The ups, the downs, the love, the tears – it’s all part of this wild ride called motherhood.

Remember, you’ve got this! Your strength, your intuition, and your love will guide you through this new adventure.

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