The first time that you give birth there can be a lot of conflicting information about what to expect. You can be unsure about what will happen and whether you will be alright or not.  Sometimes the seriousness of the unknown overwhelms women so much that they fail to enjoy the beauty of childbirth since they are focusing so much on everything that might go wrong.

However, as long as you know what to expect and anticipate the things that will happen to your body then you can avoid letting the worry distract you to the point that you fail to live in the moment.  Here is what you can expect after giving birth and how to handle it.

Hair Loss

One of the biggest shockers for women is that they may have hair loss following childbirth.  Many women find themselves wondering why their hair is falling out, thinking that they are alone in this problem.  However, hair loss is perfectly natural and common after birth due to hormonal changes.

After the first year, your hair should completely return to normal and you will find that you won’t even remember that you ever had a problem at all.  In the meantime when you are feeling frustrated about your hair being less voluminous than you usual you can wear it up or put hats on. This is a great temporary fix that will make you feel a little less uneasy in the moment.


Many women are so excited about bringing their babies home that they fail to realize that they are about to enter one of the most exhausting periods of their lives.  Newborn babies aren’t born into this world equipped to sleep stretches of longer than 4 hours at a time.  This is because they need to wake up to feed regularly in order to keep their energy up as they grow into the new world around them.

As long as you anticipate that you are going to be exhausted then you will be able to deal with the challenges even more successfully.



Leaky Breasts

Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, you will find that your breasts will be leaking milk the first few weeks to months after giving birth.  You should purchase breast pads in order to best prepare yourself for this and avoid a mess.

Cabin Fever

You may feel a considerable amount of cabin fever as you adjust to your new lifestyle.  A new baby requires a lot of attention and care and can be a challenge to leave the house with. Therefore it can be completely normal to start to feel like you haven’t left the house in months.