It gets a lot of attention from doctors and various relatives after the birth of a baby. But few people even know what’s going on with the mother of the boy. Her body undergoes several shifts, some of which are healthy, some of which are not.
Shoe size increases.
During pregnancy and 6 months after labour, researchers measured the legs of 49 women. The foot length increased by 2-10 millimetres during this time. This has been felt by 70 per cent of women, according to estimates. Ironically, the foot size is determined only by the first child.
The increase in foot size is believed to be caused by the hormone relaxin. This increases the strength of the joints and tendon. It may affect the feet as well.
If a baby is tall, the chest of the mother may get wider.
This may sound strange, but in an interview with The Cut, four women spoke about this trend. The gap in clothing before and after is one size, they claim.
Hips become wider.
The hormone relaxes, which we discussed earlier, relaxes the tendon where the bones of the pelvis connect, which is why the hips may get wider. This is necessary to ensure that work is going well. Immediately after birth, some women return to their original size, and some end up with a much larger pelvis.
Women may still feel the movement of the baby in the womb.
Women may still experience involuntary movements in the abdomen during the first months after having a baby. This is due to muscle and gas spasms or because the uterus is still contracting. These “kicks” frighten young mothers because they feel like they’re again pregnant.
Most of the time, within a few months after labour, these sensations vanish. But some women claim that after they are born they can feel their babies moving for many years.
Hair and eye colour may change.
A California pregnancy specialist reports that pregnancy may even change the colour of the hair and eyes. He believes this is due to a hormonal imbalance that triggers a melanin deficiency. For some, the appearance changes are temporary, and they are permanent for others. Following childbirth, many women even had their hair changed to brown.
The tastes of the taste shift.
Taste preferences that shift quite a bit after pregnancy: women begin to enjoy spicy foods instead of sweet foods and vice versa. The reason is the same: the body has a hormone imbalance and no one knows how it affects the mother’s behaviour.
Women start to sweat more.
Since having a baby, most women tend to sweat more. Most of the time, episodically, it happens at night. It is often caused by a drop in blood levels of estrogen. This is a natural process, but it can be caused in some cases by thyroid problems.
Several people are having allergic reactions.
Sadly, there are very few reports of allergies acquired by mothers, which is why it is difficult for physicians to examine the causes. The immune system is believed to inhibit all responses during pregnancy, to all irritations, to make it easier for the mother. And this process stops working after birth, and the body sort of “searches” for things to respond to food, hair, etc.
Tattoos could be destroyed.
This is particularly true for abdominal tattoos, which is not surprising. But pregnancy can also affect tattoos on other parts of the body: hips, chest, breasts, forearms, back, and anywhere else that may appear stretch marks.
We were very shocked at the small number of studies that were performed after birth on improvements in women’s bodies. Let’s fill this gap: tell us about the strange and unusual things that happened after you had a baby in your body!