6 ways your body changes after pregnancy

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It’s been more than 6 years since my child birth. I have attained my pre-pregnancy weight, in fact, I weigh lesser now than 7 years ago. And, I am fitter and healthier than ever before, thanks to adopting a healthier lifestyle. However, my body that underwent a transformation during pregnancy has still not 100% recovered. Looking at me, one could easily say ‘she has been pregnant once’!

Pregnancy makes your body change in some irreversible ways. Here are a few ways your body changes after pregnancy.

Boobs: Your perfectly round goblets or ripe mangoes or whatever you chose to call them with their taut nipples do not look up to the sky anymore. They are a lifelong slave to gravity now. While, your cup size may not have changed, once a subject of your pride, these poor souls now, look malnourished and exhausted. Heck, you could use them as a pen holder now! (And, yes, I have tried it! 😉 )

Belly: I still remember on a visit to the Jemma el-Fnaa in Marrakech in the night, while we were waiting at this spiced dessert kiosk, one lady came up to me and said politely, “You should not have this in your condition.” Before I could understand what condition she was referring to, she looked deliberately at my bulging tummy. When she read the confusion in my eyes, she was very apologetic, but not as much as I was. So much for my gymming, 90 second planks and crunches till my insides hurt. My taut belly is lost forever. It’s as if the elastic was pulled too long, and it’s taking forever to find its place.

Hips: I have always had child bearing hips, which is a polite way of saying I have a big butt. However, I still miraculously fit into my 15-year old jeans. Maybe, I have landed myself the original travelling pants of the sisterhood, who knows!! But, I definitely feel that the fit of my jeans has changed. They say the hip bone structure change in the pregnancy, and that’s what has happened to me without really affecting the size. Lucky me! Yay!

Bladder: OK, this may not sound very pleasant, but it needs to be said, or in my case, written. Remember, how during pregnancy, you leaked a little when you laughed out loud or sneezed. And, then you were so happy because you thought with child birth that would be a thing of the past. And, now you realize how wrong you were. Because your little bladder has lost its elasticity or continence forever. And, so even years after childbirth, while you are watching a comic movie, or while sneezing, you may leak a little. Yuck! But, true! I have recently started with Kiegel exercises for urinary incontinence, you might want to look it up on Google and start yourself.

Feet: Personally, this hasn’t happened to me. But, I have heard women groaning over how large their feet have become post pregnancy. Some have grown their foot size up to a foot. Interesting, right??

Stretch marks: Silver lines on belly, hips, thighs and arms are a common sight in pregnancy. They show you are nurturing a life within you. But, once that life comes out, these lines still refuse to go. Yes, they stay with you forever, a constant reminder of what your body has undergone.

Have you felt any difference in your body post pregnancy? Do share, though I can’t help much, it would be lovely to know!





Dos And Don’ts For A Beautiful Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase in a woman’s life. Though it is often marred by complications, big or small, we still remember it fondly. To help you make more such happy memories, here are some awesome tips:



  • Exercise. During pregnancy, you cannot undertake strenuous exercise but walking is something you can do any time of the day before or after eating. As a rule, walk for at least 45 minutes a day on the beach, hills or in the park. You can even take up mild forms of exercise like Yoga, Kegel, birthing ball etc. But seek your doctor’s advice before that.
  • Drink, drink and drink. Hey I don’t mean you sit with a bottle of wine or beer. Drink a lot of water throughout the day. It will help in digestion and reduce heartburn. Also, nimbu paani, coconut water, fennel water, buttermilk help you.
  • Eat. Pregnancy gives you the license to binge. You needn’t worry about the extra kilos that you pile up; after all it’s for the baby. A little reserve of fat helps you to recuperate faster post-delivery. Just take care not to go heavy on the junk, fried, spicy and processed food.
  • Go on a vacay. Now is the time to take that dream holidays of yours. Believe me, you will benefit from the change of scene. A holiday always lifts you up. And if you are into a depression, nothing will work better. I had visited Goa during my sixth month; those 3 days were the only ones when I didn’t puke once during my entire pregnancy.
  • Be happy. Listen to good music, read books or watch TV that will perk you up. A happy mind and soul will benefit the baby too. Make it a point to talk to people who make you laugh and feel good about yourself. I would visit my family physician every month during my pregnancy. His encouraging conversation would soothe my fears.
  • Take up a hobby like painting, sewing, knitting, etc. I regret till date for not taking up one. I wasted those precious nine months. Sigh!
  • Sleep like a baby because you can’t once you have one of your own. A good sleep will keep you fresh, healthy and beautiful. Buy a maternity pillow if you need to in order to catch those forty winks.
  • Apply a generous amount of Cocoa butter or coconut oil on your stomach. They will keep the area moisturized and prevent stretch marks from ruining your skin.


  • Listen to any pregnancy horror story. It will put doubts in your mind and end up depressing you. If you happen to listen to one, run, run away as fast as your wobbly legs can take you. If the person feels bad; let her be. You deserve better. In my ninth month, somebody told me how her close friend just a few days before her due date didn’t feel her baby’s movement and then later delivered a still born baby. I lived in this constant fear till the time I delivered a crying baby.
  • Read or inquire extensively. The Internet is a mine of information. You can find anything that you need and even what you don’t need. Don’t dig up too much information related to pregnancy. Understand that each case is different. What happens to other person might not happen to you. So no use getting all worked up for nothing.
  • Feel sorry for yourself even in the worst bouts of morning sickness. Think of your little baby whenever you are in one of your deepest self-doubting moods. Always remember, you are Pregnant, NOT Sick! That will sail you through your toughest moments.
  • Wear flimsy flip-flops or high heels for your and your baby’s safety. Give some thought to your poor feet too. As such they are supporting your extra kilos. Don’t kill them with your insensitivity.

I guess I have covered everything that needs mentioning. Don’t you feel so? Write to me what else should be included.