3 Changes You Weren't Expecting
- Your new skin: Your belly, breasts, and butt can look like a road map during pregnancy. Sadly, these purplish-red streaks won't magically disappear after you have your baby. "But over time, they'll fade and become less noticeable," says Adelaide Nardone, M.D., clinical instructor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Don't waste your money on prescription topical ointments. They're not safe if you're nursing, and regular moisturizers work just as well, anyway.
- Your new shape: Even after you've managed to tackle the bulk of your, well, baby bulk, don't be surprised if your favorite clothes fail to flatter you the way they used to. Your body may be curvier in certain areas, such as your breasts or hips. Changes in fat deposits play a role, as well as decreased muscle tone. Be patient with yourself. The first month is not the time to count calories or race off to the gym.
- Your new hair: Enjoy the lush strands your high estrogen levels bestow on you now; around 12 weeks after you deliver, estrogen simmers down and hair begins to grow and shed more quickly (read: clogged shower drain). If it doesn't ease up after three to six months, see your doctor, because it could mean you are low on iron.