If you are like me, you spent a lot of time reading and preparing for the birth of your first baby, but did little to prepare yourself for what your body would go through after the delivery. My pregnancy books didn't discuss much after the actual birth and the photos in the magazines tricked me into believing that new mothers were beaming and beautiful when callers came to visit.

Needless to say, I was unpleasantly surprised when I woke to night sweats for the next three months, found clumps of hair in my hands during showers and was overcome by dryness in every inch of my body. I'm prepared for these fun side effects this time, but wondered which were most surprising to you?