Strange Things That Happened to Me after Giving Birth

Giving birth to a child is something that women dream of their whole lives. They hear stories about how miraculous child birth is, but what some women experience is quite different. Some women go through strange experiences after child birth, that they don’t always expect and these experiences can be quite traumatizing to some. There are many stories about hair loss after pregnancy, women’s feet growing in size, and the worst experience by far, for both mother and child, is postpartum depression.


After my mother gave birth her hair started falling out. During pregnancy, the woman’s body goes through a hormonal, nutritional, and physical transformation because their bodies are housing and nourishing another living organism that is growing exponentially inside of them.  These changes are needed to ensure that the baby grows into a healthy life form.  Women who are pregnant will notice that their hair and nails grow faster than normal because of all the nutrients that are taken in to nourish the fetus.  Immediately after pregnancy, however, up to 50% of women experience hair loss for a period of about 5 months. It is a really common occurrence; however it should not cause concern.  Many women are frightened and believe they will lose all their hair, but this rarely, if ever happens.  The reason it almost never happens is because the rise of hormones during pregnancy return to normal levels about three months after giving birth.


There are several ways both, during and after pregnancy that can be done to prevent or treat hair loss problems –

– Avoid wearing hair in pony tails, braids or pig tails.  This causes stress and breakage of hair and can exacerbate the problem.

– Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables containing flavonoids and antioxidants. The flavonoids and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables protect hair follicles and encourage the growth of new hair.

-Choosing shampoos that contain biotin and silica will help increase the health of the hair and improve growth of healthy hair.

-Never to brush wet hair because it is more susceptible to damage, and avoid excessive use of blow dryers because they also damage hair.

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Another thing that happened to her while she was pregnant was that her feet grew two shoe sizes in length. Some women claim that their feet grow during pregnancy, and while many people believe it is just swelling, it is really caused by a hormone called relaxin.  This hormone is what prepares the body for labor by relaxing the hip muscles and allows more space for the baby to pass through the birth canal.  The same hormone can cause the bones in the feet to spread out as well, by relaxing the surrounding muscles.  The feet do not actually grow, but it may appear as though they have.  Unfortunately, the only treatment for this is to wait until hormone levels return to normal after giving birth.  If the feet never get back to their normal size then that could suggest a problem with hormones and a physician should be consulted.


She also experienced an extreme case of postpartum depression. One of the most serious issues affecting between 5%-25% of new mothers is a condition known as postpartum depression.  It’s a clinical form of depression that causes extreme sadness, hopelessness, guilt, feelings of being overwhelmed, and all other symptoms of depression, only it occurs sometime during the first few months after giving birth.  Postpartum depression can, depending on the severity, have a profound impact on the mother’s bonding and ability to care for the newborn. Physicians seem to think it is caused by changes in hormone levels after giving birth. It is not uncommon for mothers with postpartum depression to refuse to breast feed their infants.  If this is the case then antidepressants are usually prescribed without the concern of the medication passing through the breast milk.  If the postpartum mother is breast feeding then there are other approaches to treatment such as psychotherapy and psychosocial intervention, and neither involve medications.


While she went through these strange occurrences, giving birth to her daughter was the happiest experience she’d ever had; she came out the other side of postpartum depression with help from my father, her doctor and of course my sister, baby Grace who is now 27.

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