Getting back in shape after childbirth

Changes during pregnancy

During pregnancy and childbirth, your body undergoes many changes that may leave their mark after your baby is born:

  • Your skin may seem saggy and less toned. The abrupt drop in blood hormone levels after childbirth may lead to dry skin and a dull complexion.
  • You will probably retain a few extra pounds.
  •  Hormonal changes and the stretching of the skin may have created stretch marks.
  • Hormones can also lead to the formation of cellulite.
  • If you had an episiotomy or a Caesarian section, your scar may be painful for several weeks after childbirth.
  •  Finally, your face may develop a pregnancy mask (brown spots) and a brown line may remain on your stomach. Spider-shaped red spots called “spider angiomas” may also appear during pregnancy. All of these skin spots usually disappear spontaneously during the months after childbirth.

Because of all these changes, young mothers often have trouble accepting their bodies after giving birth. Give yourself time to get back in shape and come to grips with your new body!

To learn more about stretch marks, please see our report on this subject.



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