4. Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are common among pregnant women, especially in the third trimester, which means they don’t actually develop postpartum. Women usually have varicose veins due to the pressure of their baby’s weight on the veins.
Depending on the severity of the symptoms, varicose veins can be treated with surgery, injections, or compression stockings. But, experts say it’s possible for postpartum varicose veins to subside within months or a year with home treatment. These treatments may include compression stockings, proper posture, weight management, regular exercise, and wearing flat shoes.
Talk to your doctor about the proper treatment and prevention of stretch marks.
5. Stomach Pooch
We cannot talk about postpartum body changes without mentioning the notorious postpartum pooch or what others refer to as the “mommy tummy.”
In the weeks following birth, your uterus adjusts once more to return to its pre-pregnancy state. This process can take up to six weeks and your stomach will begin to look flatter.
Of course, each woman is different, so the time mommy tummy lasts is not the same for everyone. Proper exercise, a healthy diet, and breastfeeding can help you manage your weight, and therefore, your pooch as well.