Body Changes after Pregnancy

By (biologist specialized in clinical & biomedical laboratory) and (fertility counselor).
Last Update: 01/26/2015

During pregnancy, women increase in beauty thanks to the rise in hormones, especially estrogens. Nevertheless, when pregnancy is over, around the fourth or sixth week after labour, they notice that their appearance is not the same.

The nails break in layers, the skin loses freshness and tonicity. This process is related with the abrupt loss of hormones that flow naturally during pregnancy.

Provided below is an index with the 4 points we are going to expand on in this article.

How does pregnancy change your body?

Being a mother is one of the greatest experiences you can live, but some of its consequences are not as fascinating as maternity: stretch marks, flaccidity, accumulation of fat or cellulite.

It’s important to keep calm because this is temporary, which means, it lasts from 3 to 6 months and after that the body goes back to normal.


Acne is a fatty tissue that can be located in the face and must be treated comprehensively, i.e. with healthy nutritional habits and moderate exercise.

Each pathology, depending on the kind of skin and its stage, requires a specific treatment with medication and advanced technology. That’s why the best is to turn to a specialist before taking matters in our hands, since sometimes, the cure is worse than the disease itself, if we don’t know our own skin.

Hair loss

On the other hand, something quite obvious is the hair loss. Specialists assure that, after labour, the hair stops growing and enters in a resting phase, which lasts approximately two to four months and is known as telogen effluvium. This phenomenon usually takes place 2 to 4 four months after some event that is stressful for our hair.

It happens not only after labour, also after a severe illness, a surgical intervention, high fever or strong emotional stress. A loss of 100 hairs per day is considered normal. Another of the factors linked to this massive fall is the loss of blood during labour, which in natural labour may be of 500 ml and in cesarean from 600 to 1,000 ml.

Even though the hair loss is something normal after labour, women must pay special attention to it, since severe alterations, such as alopecia, may develop. These severe alterations must be treated in time and verified through trichology and microscope tests. An early diagnosis will help treat the problem, before losing the roots of the hair, something that is considered irreversible. It’s likely that, among women, the usage of exotic cosmetics may be recommended to stop hair loss.

Nevertheless, it’s vital to consult a dermatologist, in order not to alter the pH or trigger allergic responses in the scalp. Cosmetics are useful when it comes to improving problems superficially; they improve the appearance of hair but not its production.

It’s important that women distinguish between the normal hair loss and alopecia, which is the hair loss in which the hair shaft and root are involved.

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 María Rodríguez Ramírez
María Rodríguez Ramírez
Biologist specialized in Clinical & Biomedical Laboratory
Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Postgraduate Degree in Clinical & Biomedical Laboratory by the University of Valencia (UV). Writer of scientific contents from the field of Biology and Human Reproduction. More information about María Rodríguez Ramírez
Adapted into english by:
 Sandra Fernández
Sandra Fernández
B.A., M.A.
Fertility Counselor
Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpreting (English, Spanish, Catalan, German) from the University of Valencia (UV) and Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus (Edinburgh, UK). Postgraduate Course in Legal Translation from the University of Valencia. Specialist in Medical Translation, with several years of experience in the field of Assisted Reproduction. More information about Sandra Fernández

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