Updated: Jul 8, 2022
You’ve spent around 10 months growing a little one in your body. After your little one is out into the world, your body will continue to go through changes during postpartum en route to “normalcy”.
1. Taste Buds
Your taste buds and appetite might have changed during pregnancy. It will continue to change during postpartum. You might like something that you’ve previously can’t stand the smell of. You might crave for spicy food more than you used to. You might prefer hot drinks over cold drinks. Above all, remember to maintain a healthy diet and eat within your limits.
Many mummies may experience hair shedding during postpartum. It usually peaks about four months into postpartum. Your hair may regain normal hair growth about 1 year after the birth of your little one.
3. Crying Spells
Everything can be overwhelming for you. Sometimes, the only way your body knows how to react to anything during postpartum, is to cry. You might not recognize yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. The baby blues can be a lot. It may linger for a few weeks. If it stays more than that, consult a professional for help.
4. Phantom Kicks
Your little one is out but you still feel kicks in your body? Don’t worry! Phantom kicks are normal. Several normal movements in a woman’s body can mimic those kicks. This sensation can be caused by muscle contractions, gas, and peristalsis.
Your bladder might still be hard to control during postpartum. This may be caused by your pelvic floor that is still weak. Try doing exercises that can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
Many changes in a short span of time can be overwhelming. Knowing that most women go through this too may be a little comfort. You are not alone in this journey. Reach out to other mummies if you have any questions about the changes. Take it one day at a time. It may be tough during postpartum, but you’ll look back into this time and realize how strong and brave you were.