- In This Feature
- Know What to Expect
- Lochia: When Will I Stop Bleeding?
- The Linea Nigra: When Will That Line On My Belly Disappear?
- Stretch Marks: When Will They Go Away?
- Postpartum Alopecia: Why Is My Hair Falling Out?
- Sleep Deprivation: Why Can't I Think Straight?
- Skin Changes: Why Do I Have Pimples?
- Engorgement: How Do I Get My Breasts to Calm Down?
- Soft Breasts: Where Did All My Milk Go?
- Stress Incontinence: Why Am I Dribbling?
- Sweating: Why Am I Soaking the Sheets Each Night?
- Surviving: Hang In There!
Surviving: Hang In There!
The bottom line is that in about three months the quirkiest postpartum effects will have passed, and by six months you should feel like a close representation of your old self. Until then, behave as though you were still pregnant; take care of yourself, eat nutritious foods, dress comfortably, and get as much sleep as you possibly can. Take heart in the fact that you're in the homestretch and already holding the best prize of all.