5 Body Changes After Baby Nobody Warned Us About

Amy Jo Jones

Why Don't I Look Like This?

Call me naive, but I thought that even though I gained 50 pounds during my pregnancy, one day I would have a flat stomach again. I knew it would require discipline, and I'm fine with that, but no matter how many sit-ups I do or how many miles I run, I still have a round, soft belly.

After having a baby, I'm still learning about all the changes in my body. Here are 5 unexpected body changes after baby -- that no one likes to talk about!

  1. Bigger Shoe Size: Months of swollen feet and ankles meant that my shoe size went up half a size with my first pregnancy and another half size with the second. The bad news is that all of that swelling during pregnancy can stretch out the tendons in the feet, but the good news is you get to go shopping for shoes!
  2. Spider Veins: During pregnancy you may have noticed tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin. These are spider veins and my doctor told me they typically disappear after delivery. But they didn't! I still have them. There are treatments for spider veins, but I have learned to accept them as a memento of my baby journey.
  3. More Midsection: Your fat stores shift during pregnancy. Unfortunately, a lot of it seems to settle around your stomach, hips, and thighs. I knew I would gain it, I just had no idea how hard it would be to lose it!
  4. An Aching Back: Even after your pregnancy, your body continues to put extra weight on the muscles of your back. This can lead to back aches and pain. Low impact exercise can help resolve this, but see your doctor if this doesn't resolve within a few weeks or gets worse with time.
  5. Ample Arms: One positive change I've witnessed has been in my upper body strength. Lugging around all that baby gear and the car seat has made me stronger and given my arms more definition. Thanks baby!

Did you feel prepared for all the changes that came with having a baby? How has your body changed?


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