Giving birth is a miraculous thing, but it will definitely put your body through some stress. Once the pregnancy is over, and the baby is here, there comes a whole new set of responsibilities that make it harder for you to get back into the shape. Luckily, Dr. Brent is here to offer a mommy makeover in Beverly Hills. Contact him today for a consultation on how you can get the body you want while having the schedule of a mommy.
The Emotional Expectations
The focus always falls on the physical changes that take place during and after pregnancy, but there are emotional changes that happen as well. The most common emotional process is called baby blues, which is when your emotions can change rapidly. Because of the hormonal shift in your body during pregnancy, you may already be aware of the emotional swings that have been occurring, but you would assume this change would be over once you’ve given birth; however, this hormonal flux can last for a few weeks after the pregnancy. If you are feeling shifts from sadness to happiness, and vice versa, for no apparent reason following your pregnancy, you could be suffering from the hormone aftershocks of pregnancy. According to familydoctor.org, 70 to 80% of women feel this sadness during the first few weeks after having a baby. Because this is common, you shouldn’t worry unless it continues, or your sadness turns into a debilitating depression. This more severe case of baby blues is called postpartum depression, and is less common and more serious. If you are feeling any symptoms of postpartum depression, be sure to talk to your doctor about it.
The Physical Expectations
Although it may seem obvious that the body will not go right back to its pre-pregnancy shape, many women wish it would. After nine months of hormonal, emotional, and physical changes, then an arduous birth that is aptly called “labor,” you would assume that a mother’s reward would be getting her figure back immediately. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and it may take some work to get to where you want your body to be. Whether you were in great shape before the pregnancy and are trying to get back to it, or you now have the desire to be healthier so that you can be there for your baby, any reason is a good reason to get the body you deserve. The irony is that it becomes much harder after child birth because of the decreased amount of time you have to devote to the gym and dieting and the crazy changes your body has just gone through. You are not on your own in this endeavor, and Dr. Brent is able to help you with a mommy makeover in Beverly Hills. The mommy makeover was designed with new mothers specifically in mind because the physical toll of motherhood can drastically change a women’s body. Although it is possible to reach your desired body on your own, the mommy makeover aids in that journey and has become a popular option for mothers looking to restore their youthful figure and shape.
The Recovery Process After Childbirth
A new mother has just created a fully formed human over nine months, and has put their body through immense amounts of stress to bring that baby into the world, so it is quite obvious that there are some physical changes that will take place after the pregnancy as the body tries to recover. The most common feeling is abdominal pain because the uterus is shrinking back to its prior state. Many mothers also experience constipation and/or hemorrhoids for a few days after pregnancy. One of the new experiences for a mother is breastfeeding, which can be accompanied by sore nipples and breasts. Typically, the soreness will only last a few days, and if it lasts longer, you may need to check that your baby is latching correctly to get the full nutrients it needs. Vaginal bleeding and discharge is not uncommon for about 10 days after pregnancy, so do not worry if this happens to you. Finally, many women experience slowed weight loss after pregnancy compared to before, so try to be consistent and healthy with what you eat and stay active. For help with after pregnancy weight loss, contact Dr. Brent today to schedule a consultation about a mommy makeover in Beverly Hills.
Dr. Brent Moelleken, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara. Double board certified, he received his training at Harvard University, Yale University, UCSF and UCLA. Dr. Moelleken is one of three specialty-trained surgeons in the world to complete the year-long Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at UCLA. He maintains the prestigious F.A.C.S. degree and is a member of the ASPS and ASAPS.