Pregnancy: the physical aftermath no one tells you about

No one really tells you what happens after you have a baby. But, there are changes -- lots of them!

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  • A woman's body goes through numerous changes as it grows, nourishes and protects a baby. It seems Hollywood wants us all to believe that we should be perfectly sculpted shortly after creating and birthing a human! This is not reality. What really happens afterward? Does your body go back to normal? Can you still wear your pre-pregnancy clothes?

  • This video explains in an upfront way what happens to your body after you have a child. And, it's not all pleasant. Will you fit your pre-pregnancy clothes? Probably not, but, if you're lucky, maybe eventually. Here are a few likely changes:

    • Wider hips.

    • Dough-like stomach or stretched out skin that exercising will not fully eradicate.

    • Stretch marks — and not just on your stomach. That's right, you can get them other places — like your breasts and legs. Thank you engorgement and water retention!

    • Your body is different and you feel different. Even though you might fit your clothes after birth, they may not suit your body any longer or your ideals.

  • Jennifer Garner said it really well in an interview on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" regarding tabloid reports of a new pregnancy — but she's not expecting! Confirming the presence of a "baby bump," she stated, "From now on, ladies, I will have a bump. It will be my baby bump. And let's just all settle in and get used to it. It's not going anywhere."

  • New and seasoned mothers should all happily and proudly embrace our baby bumps, like Garner did, as well as the other changes that happen. Our post-pregnancy bodies are beautiful because they created something beautiful — our children.

  • Read 20 side effects of pregnancy: What your girlfriends won't tell you for more changes.

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