These shots did n't come out quite as well. I am just impressed that I managed to "sit" in a (low) tree for more than 5 seconds.
Your body may change some, but I will say that even this 3rd time around, my butt and hips had to expand. So, I think they go back to "normalish" sometime after the birth. My tummy on the other hand has been the challenge. Pilates is very helpful after you are ready to exercise again after the birth. Though, I personally have never gotten completely back to my old pre-babies tummy.
Oh and boobs don't ever go back to normal, whether you breast or bottle feed because they get stretched out just from the pregnancy and milk coming in.
My feet also grew about a size after my first but haven't since then, thank God! That sucked since I already have big feet. But, yeah. :)
Evergreen: every woman's body is different and therefore you can't really say for sure what will change and what won't. All women experience body changes, but which ones are permanent depends a lot on factors like age at the time of pregnancy, how difficult or unhealthy the pregnancy was, weight gained ("too little" or "too much" for your unique body - let's not go by numbers here because the raw numbers mean NOTHING! 70lbs on one woman may be too much while on another it's completely normal and healthy), health when you got pregnant and health when you ended the pregnancy, how your birth went, etc...
When I had my first child 8 years ago I bounced back extremely fast and easily: my body snapped right back to how it was before within a few short months, though my breasts were permanently about 2 cup sizes larger. I was skinnier after the postpartum weight came off, and stayed pretty underweight for a while - breastfeeding burned so many calories I had a hard time keeping up and couldn't gain weight no matter how hard I tried. After my 2nd and 3rd (back to back, the pregnancies were 6 weeks apart) I kept about 15lbs on, but had no other permanent changes. My hips, butt, breasts and tummy pretty much stayed the same following my recovery period. But I was also pretty active during my pregnancies, I ate VERY healthy (vegetarian and vegan), was off refined sugars and flours, no soda... I took very good care of my body. We didn't own a car so I exercised daily by necessity. :)
This time I'm older, have a severe disability that I didn't have before (or rather, wasn't active before) that impacts my mobility and my general health, and this pregnancy has been extremely tough on my body and at times life threatening for both my baby and I as a result of some serious illness (HG)... so I don't expect I'll bounce back as easily as I did before. My diet is not as great as it was the last two times, and I regularly eat refined sugars and flours. This time I've been more concerned about keeping enough food and liquid in my body to keep myself and my baby alive, so less care was going into being a vegetarian and whatnot. I'm expecting that I may end up underweight and rather frail after I recover from birth, and will have some serious work to do to bring my body back to a place of good, stable health... which also means more permanent changes to my body's shape and size. :)
TL;DR - every unique circumstance can cause different changes. The best thing you can do is to take excellent care of your body and your health during, before and after pregnancy and without a doubt you'll see the best results. FWIW, when I wasn't disabled one of the best things I found to help tone after birth was pilates: very gentle exercise that doesn't strain, I could get into it within 4-5 weeks after birth without ill effects, I can do it with a baby next to me (or in arms) and I easily found a routine I was comfortable with doing every morning. Just use YouTube to find a beginner routine that's right for you: fast, free and easy. :) After two months of pilates I saw very real results. Unfortunately at that point the results flat-lined and I couldn't figure out why... until I got a positive pregnancy test. :-X
Wow! I haven't looked in here for a while. Everyone is gorgeous!
I wish I had looked earlier. I would have been inspired to try to have my own belly picture in a nice setting. This morning I'll take my usual "last" belly pic with my sleepy kids in their PJs saying goodbye to me as we head to the hospital. Maybe DH can take a nice one of me outside of the hospital before we go in--once it's light out!
You ladies are the most beautiful pregnant women I have ever seen! Everybody is certainly glowing! Do you realize how good you look?