Postpartum Effects

Along with the joy of childbirth, many women find themselves grappling with the changes their bodies undergo during pregnancy period. Yet many questions may come to each pregnant woman’s mind: How many kg do I lose after giving birth? What will my body look like? and the most important question is what will be the changes during pregnancy?

Each woman’s perception of her body during pregnancy and after giving birth is diverse and is shaped by how they adapt to shield themselves from social norms regarding female beauty.

Body weight changes rapidly and differs from women’s experience, depending on your routine, social activity, and diet. It will take time to get your ideal and favorite body shape back. Be careful!

In this blog, we’ll highlight the main body changes that you may face during pregnancy and postpartum phase:

-Weight Fluctuations

One of the most noticeable changes postpartum is the fluctuation in weight. Your body usually gains weight during pregnancy to support the baby, placenta, and maternal tissues it may change based on your pre-pregnancy weight and health.

Several factors influence the amount of weight gained by pregnant women, including genetics, maternal age, and lifestyle.

TIP: Make sure to maintain a good diet: eat meals rich in calcium (dairy), protein, iron from meat and legumes, and fiber and vitamins from fruits and vegetables.

-Changes in breast size

A significant physical change postpartum is the transformation of breasts. Breasts may become larger, as your body is getting prepared for lactation. After breastfeeding or weaning, breasts may undergo further changes in size and shape.

Tip: Wear supportive bras to feel more comfortable in your changing body.

-Stretch marks

In addition, stretch marks on the breast, hips, or stomach are a common physical transformation during pregnancy due to the rapid stretching of the skin. These marks typically appear red or purple lines and may fade over time. While some treatments can improve the appearance of your stretch marks, they cannot eradicate them.

PAY ATTENTION: Stretch marks typically fade with time but may not completely vanish.

Your body may change, but the strength, resilience, and love that come with bringing new life into the world are irreplaceable.

-Weak stomach muscles

As a result of the stretching and strain experienced during pregnancy and the postpartum period, new moms may experience weak stomach muscles that can lead to back pain and difficulties with posture.

-Hair loss due to changes in hormone levels

After childbirth, it is normal for your hormone levels to rapidly decrease (estrogen and progesterone). This shift can trigger a condition known as telogen effluvium, where a big percentage of hair follicles enter the resting phase in the hair growth cycle.


Postpartum hair loss usually begins around three months after giving birth and can last for a few months. It is characterized by increased hair shedding, often noticeable during showering or brushing.

From weight fluctuations to changes in breast size, stretch marks, weakened stomach muscles, or hair loss, each transformation represents the incredible journey of motherhood. While it may seem overwhelming, surround yourself with support and your loved ones, prioritize self-care, both physically and emotionally, and celebrate the beauty of your body.

Above all, cherish the journey and the beautiful gift of motherhood.