Physical and Psychological Changes after Giving Birth

December 03, 2017 03:15 PM

While expecting your baby, because you are giving your full attention to him and his delivery, you may be neglecting yourself.

There are important physical and psychological changes that a woman will go through after giving birth. Here we list a few of them.


  • Physical Changes after Birth

During pregnancy, your body has undergone enormous hormonal changes that will slowly fade away, and you will recover from them. Some of these changes are as follows:

  • Your stomach

The first and most noticeable change is your stomach. After giving birth, your stomach may still appear as though you are five months pregnant. During the past nine months, your abdominal muscles have expanded in preparation for carrying your child.

You might find it a little difficult for your stomach to go back to looking like it did before you gave birth, especially if it was a cesarean procedure. Be patient and give yourself sufficient time to heal. Exercise and a healthy lifestyle will help get you back in shape.

  • Skin changes

Some women may experience paleness and skin breakouts after their pregnancy. These skin problems happen because of the hormonal changes the skin goes through during pregnancy.

Additionally, some women have stretch marks on different parts of their bodies after giving birth, such as the lower abdomen, the breasts, and the buttocks. There are some treatments that can help to an extent with these issues.

  • Your breasts

Breast size increases during and after pregnancy. The lactation period will last even after giving birth, as women are being physically prepared to breastfeed their children. Gradually after that, prolactin levels start going back to normal, and the breasts reduce in size. Sagginess and changes in breast size after pregnancy differ from one woman to another.

  • Psychological Changes after Giving Birth

After giving birth, some women go through a period of mild depression, becoming sensitive and agitated.

The reason behind this depression is that a drop in hormonal balance will occur after giving birth. In addition, some women might be anxious about failing as a mother, leading them to feel sad and emotional. These feelings are normal, and usually they do not last for a long time.

In other cases, women might be severely depressed, and they can experience these feelings for a longer period. They may feel extremely sad and suffer from sleep deprivation and experience the inability to complete small tasks. Some women may even have thoughts of harming herself and her baby. In such a case, it is recommended that the woman consults with a therapist.

The husband is crucial during this period for the psychological and moral support of the mother. Also, the support of the family helps the mother to get through this phase without feeling too anxious or depressed.

Most importantly, the mother should always seek help when she needs it. This is essential for a quick and happy recovery.