Pregnancy can have a significant impact on your body. That’s not totally unexpected, as we all understand that giving birth is a relatively large life event. But sometimes we underestimate those changes because of the amazingly fit celebrities who somehow get their pre-mom bodies back in no time. They make it look easy.
But it’s not. And pregnancy can introduce some permanent changes to your body–changes you might not have any control over. And, certainly, not all of these changes should be viewed in a negative light.
In fact, not all women are going to have a desire to “fix” these changes. Bodies are beautiful in their infinite varieties. These “fixes,” then, are intended only for those cases in which your new, after-pregnancy body makes you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious. If you lament the loss of your pre-baby body, there are some steps you can take to reclaim the features of your youth. But unless you have access to a 24/7 fitness trainer, these steps can take time–and sometimes, a bit of plastic surgery as well.
How Does Pregnancy Change Your Body
We could probably fill a book with all of the ways in which pregnancy (and motherhood) will change your body. So we’re going to narrow it down a bit by focusing on the aesthetic changes that take place. Some of the ways in which pregnancy or childbirth (or motherhood) might change your body include:
- Changes in the way your body metabolises fat could also change the ways in which your body stores fat.
- Your breasts could increase in size due to excess skin or decrease in size; some women even report a kind of “deflation” after nursing.
- Pregnancy can leave you with a significant amount of excess skin around your tummy area. In many cases, this excess skin becomes permanent.
Of course, this list is not meant to be comprehensive. Everyone is going to experience pregnancy in their own unique ways. For some women, pregnancy may present only tiny long term effects. Other women may undergo noticeable long term changes after giving birth.
If you have questions about how your body might change after pregnancy or childbirth, it’s a good idea to discuss your concerns with a doctor (preferably a doctor who is familiar with your medical history).
How to Get Your Body Back
Once you’ve gone through pregnancy and childbirth, you might be ready to reclaim your body. So how do you go about doing that? Well, you’ve got a couple of options. On the one hand, diet and exercise are always one way to go. And a rigorous commitment to healthy lifestyle choices can indeed make some significant changes after pregnancy.
But there are also some cosmetic procedures that can help you get your pre-baby body back. Some of the most popular cosmetic options include:
- Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift: One of the areas of the body most impacted by pregnancy and motherhood tend to be the breasts. Breast augmentation (using breast implants) and breast lift procedures can help increase the size of the breasts (when necessary) and improve the overall silhouette of the bust. A breast lift is designed to make the torso appear more youthful, improving the orientation of the breasts in a permanent way.
- Tummy Tuck: Designed to eliminate unwanted skin from around the tummy area, tummy tuck is a common procedure among women who have been through a pregnancy or two (or more). That’s because pregnancy can permanently stretch out the skin around your belly. Once that skin has been stretched, there’s no natural way to mitigate that tissue. A tummy tuck can eliminate excess skin and make the abdomen appear firmer, fitter, and younger.
- Liposuction: There are some areas of your body that just won’t respond to diet and exercise. That’s true for just about anyone–you’ll always have stubborn areas of fat. For a wide variety of reasons, this problem can be even more potent for people who have been pregnant. Giving birth will often play havoc with your body–including changing the ways in which your body stores fat. Liposuction procedures can help you contour the body so it looks a little closer to your pre-baby physique.
You Do You
Of course, plastic surgery isn’t for everyone! And there are plenty of people who bounce back from pregnancy and childbirth in a way that feels normal and comfortable to them. But for some women, losing your pre-baby body can feel a little… premature.
So it’s natural to want that pre-baby body back. That can be a little difficult to accomplish without help. For some people, that help comes in the form of cosmetic surgery. It’s not for everyone, though, so it’s a good idea to make sure that any of these procedures is something you truly want to undergo.
If you desire plastic surgery to get your pre-baby body back, your best bet is to discuss your options with a local, board certified plastic surgeon. What pregnancy does to your looks can get you down–but it doesn’t have to stay that way, and there are definitely some thing you can do to fix it.