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When you’re pregnant your body changes in ways you didn’t realize were possible. And the changes don’t disappear the moment after you give birth. From swelling to potential hair loss, the postpartum journey has many side effects.

Here are 10 ways your body changes after pregnancy.

You might start to lose your hair.

It can be scary washing your hair in the shower and suddenly a massive clump comes out. So be warned, you might lose your hair after childbirth. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, also known as ACOG, this is due to the fact that your hormones are returning to their normal level. During pregnancy, your body’s normal hair growth cycle has shifted, which is why many women experience weird hair growth during this time as well. The hair loss shouldn’t last more than three to six months.

Your stomach might feel like a marshmallow.

This is true no matter how tight your abs were beforehand. Right after birth, your stomach will feel like a big bowl of jello. Doctors usually recommend not doing any exercise for at least six weeks postpartum, since your abs did just undergo somewhat of a trauma. By six weeks you should start to feel your stomach firming up again. Some women do suffer from diastasis recti, which is when your left and right ab muscles have separated and you are left with a small “pooch.” It’s fairly common and there are special exercises that can be done to help minimize the bulge.

You may have some swelling in your feet and face.

Although you did lose a lot of liquids in childbirth, your body retained a lot of water throughout this whole process, and it can take time for all that excess water to exit your body. Sweating and frequent urination are the main ways your body tries to eliminate the water, but in the meantime, you may have some swelling in your ankles, feet, hands, and face. Drinking lots of water and light exercise will help you increase circulation and retain less water, according to Healthline.

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