9 Ways Your Body Changes After Pregnancy

Sweating & energy levels

You may start experiencing excessive sweating at night after giving birth. This is because your body needs to get rid of all the extra fluids it accumulated during your pregnancy. On the energy front, some new mothers say that they feel more energetic than they ever did before pregnancy. In fact, a woman's aerobic capacity can increase up to 20 percent in the first six weeks postpartum. Other women say that the sheer exhaustion of childbirth, caring for a newborn, and excess body weight makes them feel sluggish and moody.

No matter what your body may be feeling, there are some general rules for new mom to follow:

1. Get as much rest as possible
2. Eat healthy foods
3. Don't rush yourself to get back to what you were before

Soon enough, your body will feel like it's yours again.

Sources: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Zein E. Obagi, MD; Ann Douglas, author of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth & Everything in Between (Macmillan Canada)

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