How Does Your Body Change After Pregnancy?

How Does Your Body Change After Pregnancy?

Date 31 Aug 2023  

One of the most beautiful experiences of a woman's life is the ecstatic feeling of pregnancy and giving birth to a new baby. Having a child is a wonderful experience. Pregnancy is beautiful, and when a woman finds out she is expecting a child, she knows her life will alter in many ways. 

While pregnancy is a lovely experience, it can be tough on a mother's body. As much as the body changes throughout pregnancy, it may undergo similar changes in the first year after childbirth. Here are some changes in the body to look out for in the first few months or a year after giving birth and the cosmetic and plastic surgeries in Hyderabad performed at Eternelle Aesthetics that can help one get back their old body shape:

1. Changes in Breast Size and Shape

The breasts grow in size as a result of milk production during pregnancy. It increases in length, followed by a decrease when the milk is digested or absorbed by the body, and is extremely dramatic. The same thing happens to the breast skin as to the midsection skin: it stretches out and cannot snap back. Even though the breasts usually return to their pre-pregnancy size once a woman weans her baby, the stretched-out skin will make them appear saggier. The breasts become flatter, pointing downward rather than forward.

What can Help?

Breast augmentation surgery: Breast augmentation enhances the size of the breasts. This procedure is used to alter the shape of the breasts. The system can be used for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes, with the primary goal of developing fuller or larger breasts. The procedure can be performed for anyone who wishes to improve their natural breast size or regain fullness lost due to breastfeeding or pregnancy.

2. One May Notice Stretch Marks

Stretch marks, or striae, form when elastic fibres beneath the skin rupture. These marks form when the body grows at a rate the skin cannot keep up with, such as when a woman gets pregnant. Striae affects approximately 90% of pregnant women who have been pregnant for seven months or more.

Stretch marks, and sagging skin, are permanent; some can be treated with a tummy tuck or breast lift, depending on their location.

What can Help?

Laser treatment: It is the gold standard for removing stretch marks and improving the look of the skin. It brightens and tightens the skin, resulting in significant results.

3. Stomach Skin Stretches Out and is Saggy.

A woman has just spent months carrying a baby in her midsection. The skin had to stretch to meet its growing bulk as it grew larger and larger. The stomach's skin has stretched out so much after giving birth that it is difficult to snap back. The skin may recover slightly within a year or two, but the effects of ageing and gravity work against it. Saggy skin is a persistent condition that cannot be addressed with exercise or nutrition. So, even if a woman loses the weight gained during pregnancy, the sagging skin will remain. Losing weight may cause women to gain more sagging skin. 

What can Help?

Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty: This surgical procedure aims to create an appealing abdomen. Abdominoplasty strengthens weak muscles, reduces itching and skin infections, improves bladder function, changes the shape and tone of the stomach to create a smoother profile, and prevents irritation and skin infections.

4. Vaginal Changes

When a woman gives birth vaginally, the vaginal opening stretches to allow the baby to exit. It may cause the vagina to become bruised and swollen. It is typical and will go away after a few days. However, the vagina will most likely not return to its pre-birth shape. Exercises for the pelvic floor can help tone the vaginal muscles.

Women might also have vaginal dryness. It may be worse for breastfeeding mothers due to lower oestrogen levels (the female sex hormone). Again, this should improve with time or after women discontinue breastfeeding.

What can Help?

Vaginoplasty: Surgical vaginoplasty tightens the muscles and surrounding tissues of the vagina by improving its muscle tone, strength, and control. It enhances sensitivity, sexual experience, and incontinence due to urinary stress after pregnancy.

5. The Nipples and Areolas Expand and Darken.

The size of the nipples and areola naturally grows, as does the size of the breasts. Their new shape also makes it easier for the baby to latch on to breastfeed. Hormones cause the pigmentation change. Hormones stimulate melanocytes, the cells in the skin that produce pigment, which causes the nipples and areolas to darken.

Darker pigmentation may gradually lighten over time, but the size of the nipples or areola may remain unchanged even after the breasts have returned to standard size.

What can Help?

Surgery: A nipple reduction or reconstruction surgery is an option if a woman is unhappy with the size of the areolas or nipples. This procedure can be performed independently or in combination with other breast surgeries like breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction.

6. Postpartum Weight Gain

Postpartum weight gain can occur for various reasons, including fatigue, a lack of time for a regular exercise routine, and an underlying health problem requiring attention, such as postpartum thyroiditis, diabetes, or PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). If a woman feels like she is making an effort but isn't losing weight after having a baby, consult a doctor who can analyse the postpartum weight gains and help you plan a treatment.

What can Help?

Liposuction: Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery of fat removal from the body that has not responded to diet and exercise. It is neither a procedure for obesity nor a weight-loss treatment. This procedure is only for those who want to improve body contour by removing excess fat from their bodies. The liposuction procedure allows each woman to get the body shape of her preference. 

Some women may not bother, while others may be unhappy with their post-baby figure. Some may feel pressure to look as if they have never had a baby, but the reality is that most women's bodies alter after giving birth.

Gentle workouts help them feel better and boost their confidence. If they have an easy birth, they can begin mild activity as soon as they think fit. It could involve walking, moderate stretches, pelvic floor exercises, or swimming. 

Mommy makeover surgery in Hyderabad is also a popular option for women to regain their pre-pregnancy body shape. It includes cosmetic and plastic surgical procedures that help transform one’s overall appearance from face to body.

Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Hyderabad performed at Eternelle Aesthetics by a team of plastic and cosmetic surgeons can help if exercise and lifestyle changes are ineffective. The clinic offers various surgical and non-surgical treatments to transform women's bodies and help them achieve the body shape they always desired!