I figured I'd start a thread to see if anyone is struggling with (or loving!) how their body has changed after birth.
My body has still done some interesting things that I wasn't quite expecting. I now have some pretty annoying bladder issues. I first noticed them when I had a bad cough, but now that I'm back at the gym it's even worse. My first day back was a jump rope workout and I completely soaked through my underwear. Thank god I was wearing black workout pants. I don't know if anyone noticed, but it was pretty obvious. I'm doing Kegels and hoping things get better sooner rather than later.
I'm also struggling with bad hemorrhoids, which I didn't have until the last week of pregnancy and now can't get rid of. I didn't realize I needed to do anything about them, but my doctor suggested the cream that shrinks them. I put a bunch on after a particularly painful BM only to find later that the cream had soaked through my light colored pants. So, to add insult to injury, I'm not only peeing myself but also leaking weird ointments. Pretty gross.
I also noticed that now that relaxin levels have dropped, I'm less flexible and the back issues I had pre-pregnancy (I had a slipped disc) are coming back. I'll need to get used to working out without my beloved flexibility hormones from now on.
And, of course, I didn't make it out of pregnancy without stretch marks and a belly bulge, but I sort of like the stretch marks. They are kind of badges of honor and since they're all below the belly button, I don't think they'll be too obvious. I'm working on ab stuff to pull the bulge back in, but I think I'm stuck with some excess belly for a while. I also have one breast that produces much more than the other, so I have a seriously lopsided chest.
Though all of this sounds pretty gross and depressing now that I look at it, I'm amazed daily at what my body accomplished. That I carried a human being inside me for nine months and gave birth to that person and now am nourishing her straight from my breast is still continually awe-inspiring. I've noticed that my pain tolerance for minor annoyances (stubbing my toe, for example) is much higher than it was before, and pushing through without pain meds (thank goodness I had an uncomplicated labor and could do this) gave me an amazing appreciation for what women can accomplish and what I am actually capable of. I have so much more respect for myself, if that makes any sense.
So, how have your bodies changed? Do you appreciate them more? Are you struggling to let go of the pre-baby body? Are there things you love about this new body? Weird or hilarious stories (I just admitted to peeing myself in public, so let's hear them, people!)?