The Fourth Trimester
Many midwives, nurses and even some doctors refer to the first several months after birth as the fourth trimester of pregnancy. While the math may not be sound, there is some truth to this. Your body will go through rapid changes as it makes the transition from pregnancy to new-motherhood.
Your uterus takes a bit of time to shrink from the size of a small apartment to near its pre-baby dimensions. Your tummy will probably stay swollen for some time as your organs rearrange themselves and the muscles tighten up. If you had a vaginal birth, you may have some tearing or an episiotomy which will take time to heal; and if you had a caesarean birth, you’re recovering from major abdominal surgery.
Your Post-Baby Body
Once you’ve healed from the trauma of giving birth, you are likely to have a slightly different body than you did before the pregnancy. Some women’s’ breasts are smaller or larger after becoming a mother than they were before. You may or may not lose that last bit of tummy. And your vagina… well, between the hormones of pregnancy and the process of giving birth, it may never be the same.
Vaginal rejuvenation surgery can help women who are displeased with the way their vagina has healed after giving birth. After a vaginal birth, many women find that their vagina has lost much of its tone and elasticity. This can be particularly true in older women or after multiple births.
Everyone is different, and there’s nothing wrong with taking charge of your post-baby body. You produced a miracle. You deserve to be happy in your own skin.