What Motherhood Does to Your Body

Your hips

The first-choice storage site for lactation-supporting fat is the hips, so they too are prone to becoming better padded after pregnancy, especially if you don't return to your original weight. The widely held notion that having kids widens the pelvic cage doesn't really hold water, says Dwenda Gjerdingen, M.D., an associate professor in the department of family practice and community health at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis: "There's a bit of soft tissue where the pelvic bones join that can stretch slightly; otherwise, it's just bone, and that doesn't give much."

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