Skip Nav
WARNING: This Is What Happens When You Visit a Newborn Without a Mother's Permission
Snow White Completely and Utterly Fails to Impress Toddler at Disney World
Personal Essay
An Open Letter to Anyone Considering a Unique Name For Their Baby

Odd Things That Happen After Pregnancy

More Postpartum Body Surprises Women Might Not Expect

Bodies change especially after giving birth! From excess skin to ample cushion, post-delivery bodies continue to evolve. Here are a couple more surprises that moms might see.

  • Broken blood vessels: Mamas who had particularly hard labors may find their eyes bloodshot and their faces scattered with broken blood vessels after their lil one arrives. Extended periods of pushing can cause tiny capillaries in the eyes, face, and chest to burst with visible results. In most cases, the red marks subside within a few days.
  • Dry skin: There's a reason experienced moms tell expectant ladies to pack lip balm. Between deep breathing and pushing, a laboring mama's lips may dry out. After delivery, nursing moms often find their skin particularly dry as the body uses excess moisture for milk production.
  • Hair loss: Remember that beautiful flowing mane of hair you tossed around throughout your pregnancy? Be prepared to say goodbye to those extra strands and then some. The roller coaster of postpartum hormones can cause hair to fall out, leaving many mamas with hairline wisps.
  • Bigger feet: The swelling you experienced during pregnancy may have subsided, but your four-inch stilettos may not fit again. Many women find their feet grow up to half a size during their pregnancies, with no signs of shrinking afterward.
  • Better body: Some postpartum bodies shrink back to their pre-pregnancy form or end up being stronger and fitter than they were before.
Image Source: Thinkstock
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Janine22 Janine22 6 years
Yeah, I would have to agree that that picture is insulting and annoying!
Carri Carri 6 years
Well, don't I feel like a big fatty after seeing the pic of that "mom"! :/
schnappycat schnappycat 6 years
I'm in the throes of postpartum hair loss and I hate it! I swear I'm going to be bald soon. :(
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
Yeah, I know it must be hard to actually find pictures of people who have gone through the changes mentioned....but putting pictures of perfect models next to the article is just downright depressing! Why not just put a smiling baby there? Makes you at least remember something's worth losing your perky boobs over!
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Exactly, Anon - what a horrible body on THAT one !
miss-leanne miss-leanne 6 years
I became stick thin after baby.. I've always been in the smaller side, but somehow my tiny boobs managed to become even smaller and I have a saggy butt. ugh..
Are Alcohol Guidelines For Pregnancy Sexist?
How to Explain Resume Gaps
How to Roast Vegetables
Champagne and Sparkling Wine Terms
Is It Good to Swallow Sperm During Pregnancy?
Stranger Stares at Breastfeeding Mom
Crock-Pot BBQ Recipes
The Pregnancy Pause For Working Moms
Honest Body Project's Miscarriage and Loss Photos
Photo of Mom Breastfeeding With Stretch Marks
From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds