What Motherhood Does to Your Body

Your breasts

Breast skin stretched by the added bulk of pregnancy and lactation may never return to its previous tightness, increasing sagging. "During pregnancy, the glandular tissue in the breast grows and proliferates for breast-feeding," explains Felicia Stewart, M.D., an adjunct professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the University of California at San Francisco, "and then when those glands shrink, the breasts are left softer, floppier, and usually smaller."

Healthwise, having kids is a boon. Though there is a slightly increased risk of breast cancer immediately after childbirth, in general, the more kids you have and the earlier you start, the lower your odds.

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