So I thought this would be an interesting topic to talk about. It all started with me, standing in my bathroom, looking at my noticeably wider hips. I started thinking, “what else has pregnancy and child birth changed about my body?” I guess being my first pregnancy I never really bothered to think about how my body would be different afterward. Surely things were going to change but I never really thought about how. Well, I’m almost 7 months postpartum I and now I know!
Let’s start with the obvious one that I’ve already briefly touched on; wider hips. My hips are noticeably wider since giving birth and it is very evident when I put on my pre-pregnancy jeans. They’re so tight! The funny thing is, I was wearing those jeans comfortably when I got pregnant and for quite sometime into my pregnancy. I currently weigh less than when I got pregnant and there’s no way in hell I’m comfortably fitting into those jeans anytime soon. On a similar note, my old tried and true brand of jeans, the brand that I could always turn to (American Eagle), looks horrendous on my body now. They just don’d fit the same. I’m not complaining though. I really like my new wide hips and I’ve found a new brand of jeans that works just fine.
Second, my acne has improved significantly. I am so happy about this I could literally cry. My acne has always been terrible and it’s been extremely frustrating and discouraging. Up until the day that I got pregnant I was dealing with painful and unsightly breakouts. I had a few breakouts during the first few months of postpartum but now that my hormones are mellowing out, I just don’t get them like I used to. Sure, I still get the occasional pimple but I can go days, maybe weeks now without seeing one. Before it was an everyday occurrence. I’m beyond grateful for this!
Spotting! I spot now. It’s the damnedest thing. Pre-pregnancy I experienced minimal spotting before my period but now I get it days in advance. It was such a foreign thing for me that I initially thought something was wrong and started Googling. My dumbass eventually put 2 and 2 together and figured it out but it’s definitely different to say the least. Not bad, just different. On a somewhat similar note, my periods are so light now. My periods have always been on the lighter side but this is on a whole new level. Again, I’m not complaining because if I could have it vanish forever I totally would! For now though I’ll just settle for light.
Lastly, I get sore hips. I started getting hip pain near the end of my third trimester. I was amazed it didn’t happen sooner but I knew it was totally normal and bound to happen so I embraced it the best I could. Unfortunately for me, my achy hips didn’t end with the pregnancy. It’s not bad pain but it’s definitely noticeable when I sit in certain positions for too long.
That’s all I’ve noticed thus far. I’m sure new things will start to pop up the deeper I get into postpartum. Or maybe not. I guess only time will tell. Maybe I’ll have new fun things to report on after baby #2! We’ll just have to wait and see.