5 Weird Ways Childbirth Has Changed Me Physically
Before having kids, I had an idea about how my body would change after childbirth. I had heard the stories. I had read the books. I was prepared for my hair to fall out, for possible stretch marks, and for my boobs to lose some "personality". Yeah, I was prepared to pee my pants. Well, not all those things happened, but as it turns out, other changes which I was not expecting did occur. Here are 5 weird physical changes that have occurred since having babies.
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I Can't Eat Certain Foods Anymore
There are some foods I loved chowing on pre-baby, that I just can’t eat anymore. Aside from having an aversion to the foods which sent me yacking in the first trimester or gave me heartburn in the third, my digestive system simply cannot handle avocados post-baby. How sad I am to have to have to do without it in a sushi roll, to have to dig it out of my ceviche or, even worse, to pass on any opportunity for table-side guac.
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My Feet Got Bigger
I knew that pregnancy and its accompanying hormones would loosen up my ligaments, but I didn’t realize that it would lead to my feet growing bigger. A recent study from the University of Iowa suggests that the loose ligaments and extra weight flattens out the arch of the foot during pregnancy, and that the change is permanent for 60-70% of women. So I guess new moms should be prepared to sacrifice sleep and their pre-pregnancy shoe collections?
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I Get Motion Sickness
Before babies, I could ride as a backseat passenger in a 10-passenger van through a windy, canyon road while playing Brickbreaker on my Blackberry without the slightest hint of a dry heave. Now, I can’t even ride shotgun on the freeway without feeling nauseous sometimes. And while, before having kids, I was an amusement park fiend, now the “Tilt-a-Whirl” has become the “Sure-to-Hurl”, the famous “Zipper” has become the “Cookie Flipper” and the “Gravitron” has become the “there’s no way in hell…”
My Hair Became Wavy
Not only did my hair fall and continues to fall out in handfuls, but it has gone from being typically Asian-stick straight to really wavy. When I was in Jr. High, I used to sleep on French Braids to get this look. Who knew that all it took was giving birth to a baby human?
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I Have a Burt Reynolds Skin Mustache
You remember that creepy “mask of pregnancy” you get during pregnancy? Well, mine still hasn’t gone away. I still have a few dark splotches around my face, but my favorite splotch has to be the one on my upper lip that closely resembles Burt Reynold’s famous ‘stache circa 1977. I’m told it will continue to fade with time, but for now I just tell myself I’m paying homage to Bandit, because that makes it better???
Had my baby had an iPhone with her in the womb, I'm pretty sure this is what our texting convos would have looked like.view gallery
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