For most women the desire “bounce-back” after having a baby is intensified by; social pressures, misleading images in the media and on Instagram. It should go without saying that pregnancy changes your figure. However, in the days immediately following giving birth (Markle gave birth to her son on Monday so when she stepped out to introduce him on Wednesday, it had been a mere 48 hours), this is an all but impossible feat.
“After giving birth, most women still have a bit of a belly,” Ashley Roman, MD, director of maternal-fetal medicine at NYU revealed during a recent interview with U.S. InStyle.
The uterus and abdominal wall have to stretch in order to carry the baby and doesn’t just snap back into its pre-pregnancy shape.
“By around six to eight weeks after giving birth, the uterus has returned to its normal size,” she says. “This is also the point at which women can return to exercise if they wish.”
What’s more? It can take a few days for any excess fluid to be flushed out of the body. A natural process which takes place in the first week after giving birth (i.e. through sweating and extra visits to the bathroom)
While we might like to imagine that Meghan’s life is a real-life fairytale, her post-pregnancy debut is an important reminder that she, too, is a new mother living with many of the same postpartum realities that every other mum has to deal with.
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