I get asked frequently the question: “why do I still look pregnant one week after having my baby?” Well, it’s normal. An overwhelming majority of women will “look pregnant” for a few weeks after delivery. Yes, that cute little baby bump doesn’t suddenly disappear right after you give birth.
1. The uterus is still enlarged. It takes 6 weeks for the uterus to return to its normal size and positioning deep in the pelvis. Each week you will notice that the uterus is smaller.
2. Your belly muscles have relaxed and separated in the middle to allow for the growing baby. It takes months (and some work) for these muscles to return to a more “normal” position. For many women, the separation of the muscles in the middle never fully improves.
So, the moral of the story is next time you look in the mirror, and that little baby bump has become a cute postpartum bump, embrace it, be proud of it. Love your body it just did something pretty amazing. It takes time to recover from 9 months of constant change. Be patient with your body’s recovery. Remember, recovery doesn’t look the same for everyone, try not to compare.
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To all the mamas and mamas to be, we know this is not what you planned, not how you wanted to bring your little one into this world. We see you. We hear you. We hurt for you. Know that your team of doctors, midwives and nurses are working hard to make the best out of the experience for you. We are going on 3 weeks of the new Covid normal. You and I may wear masks at delivery now, but we still rejoice in the delivery. We still cheer and laugh and tell jokes. We still delight in the beauty of new life. It might look a little different for the time being, but the feelings, the raw emotions are still the same. Birth is beautiful and sacred even with a mask on. #pregnant #pregnantinthetimeofcovid19 #postpartum #fourthtrimester #postpartuminthetimeofcovid #newmom #postpartumjourney #staywell #birth #prego #birthpreparation