What's Up with your Post-Baby Body?
From hair loss to soreness down there, we help you handle 7 common new-mom complaints. Plus our amazing fat-blasting ab workout.
6. Hair Loss
Why it happens When you're pregnant, your body is in growth mode, and that includes your hair. But those thick tresses will start shedding by six to 16 weeks after childbirth as your hormone levels fluctuate, says Andrea Cambio, M.D., a New York City dermatologist and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Dermatology.
Feel-better advice Rest assured that your hair won't be clogging the shower drain forever; the shedding ends by six months after you give birth. In the meantime, adding layers or highlights can help your locks look fuller, Cambio says.
Why it happens During pregnancy, constipation and pressure from the uterus on the rectum can cause varicose veins there. So can pushing during delivery.
Feel-better advice Take a sitz or a tub bath to ease the itching and pain, advises Susan Harvey, M.D., an OB-GYN at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Cold compresses soaked in witch hazel can help decrease swelling and discomfort, as can anti-inflammatory hemorrhoid creams. Try to avoid constipation, since straining also can lead to hemorrhoids.