9 Unspoken Things New Moms Have to Do After Birth

When I was pregnant with my first-born child, I felt incredibly sexy. I loved my pregnancy body and flaunted my bare belly bump everywhere I went. It was also the only time in my life that I felt completely comfortable wearing a bikini in public, mostly because a) my belly was hard as a rock and b) I pretty much didn’t give a damn of what others thought of me.

Yet, all of that changed the moment I gave birth. My pregnant belly turned into a jiggly, smushy mess. I had stretch marks that needed its out GPS routing and I didn’t even want to look at the situation down there. That’s because I knew it wouldn’t be pretty. What got me the most though was having to wear mesh underwear at the hospital. It was the most unsightly thing I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s something we all have to wear after giving birth but something we hate to talk about, right? That’s why we’ve come up with a list of 9 things moms have to go through after giving birth. And let me warn you, we’ve come up with all of the good, the bad and the downright ugly (like the underwear).

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Here are 9 unspoken things moms have to deal with after they give birth.

1. Mesh Underwear

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They are unsightly, but practical. The soft, high stretchable fabrics provide comfortable skin tactility and support. Postpartum women wear it at the hospital as it also helps reduce the risk of leakage.

2. Hair Loss

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Don’t worry moms as this is only a temporary phase. In the normal cycle of hair growth, some hair is lost every day. But during pregnancy the increased levels of estrogen in your body freezes hair in the growing (or “resting”) phase of the cycle. Hair that would normally fall out stays put, resulting in thicker hair.

3. Painful Period

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My first period after having my baby was also the most painful period of my life. If you’re not breastfeeding, you can expect your period to return about 10 weeks postpartum (some women might not get it until much later, though), and at about 20 weeks if you are, though that, too, ranges wildly.

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