6 Weird but True Post-Pregnancy Facts

By Casey Wheeler

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but even the phenomenon of having a baby is not without its strange symptoms. Whether it’s your first or last pregnancy, most mothers experience many changes in the body and mind well after childbirth. Although no pregnancy is the same as the last, it is possible to have recurring or brand new experiences and symptoms each time. Whether you’re expecting a baby or planning to have a child some day soon, prepare yourself with these six weird but true post-pregnancy facts.

  1. Many mothers experience urinary incontinence post-pregnancy:

    It’s not uncommon for women to experience urinary incontinence, also known as “loss of bladder control,” during pregnancy and after giving birth. According to the Office on Women’s Health, many women have UI because the pelvic floor becomes weakened and the nerves that control the bladder become damaged during labor. Although UI can be very uncomfortable, the loss of bladder control typically goes away after the muscles heal, usually within six weeks after giving birth.

  2. After giving birth, a woman’s uterus is the same size it was at 20 weeks:

    It generally takes weeks for your belly to return to it’s pre-pregnancy shape. The main reason for this is your uterus. After giving birth, the uterus is still about the size of a cantaloupe and the stomach muscles remain stretched out. Expect to look about six months pregnant for a few weeks or even months after childbirth.

  3. It can take months, even an entire year for mothers to regain their sex drive:

    New mothers often experience low libido after giving birth. In fact, many women take months, even an entire year to revive their sex drive. Others report feeling pain during sex for six months to one year after childbirth. Those who experience low sex drive or pain during sex may need to find alternatives for being intimate.

  4. Breastfeeding is not as easy as it looks:

    Breastfeeding may seem like a natural, easy process for new mothers, but most women will tell you it’s actually much harder than it looks. Besides the uncomfortable symptoms of nipple soreness and breast fullness, breastfeeding also requires a lot of time and planning. Some mothers find nursing to be too painful and time-consuming to continue. If you want to breastfeed but are experiencing problems, consult your doctor, visit a lactation consultant, or attend a breastfeeding class or clinic for help.

  5. You can get pregnant within days of having a baby:

    Yes, you heard right. Breastfeeding or not, it is completely possible for women to get pregnant within days of having a baby. If you have unprotected sex, you could get pregnant even before your period starts again. Although mothers are recommended to wait at least six weeks to have sex after childbirth and space pregnancies at least 12 months apart, many do not wait for their doctor’s go-ahead. If you do not want to get pregnant again, then you need to talk to your doctor about birth control and what methods are best post-pregnancy.

  6. It’s normal to bleed after childbirth:

    Postnatal bleeding may sound alarming, but it’s actually quite common for women to lose some blood during and after delivery. Bleeding occurs when the placenta separates from the uterus and the open blood vessels near the attachment leak into the uterus. Bleeding will reduce significantly after the placenta is delivered and the blood vessels close. Even if you had a C-section, it is still possible to experience postnatal bleeding.