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During pregnancy, your uterus grows to hold your growing baby. After your baby is born, your uterus shrinks back to its regular size. It takes some time for your belly to get back to its regular shape after pregnancy. But don’t get discouraged! Be active and eat healthy foods to help you lose the baby weight.
If you had swelling while pregnant, it may take a while for it to go away after giving birth. Lie on your left side or put your feet up. Stay cool and wear loose clothes.
Your breasts swell, too, as they fill with milk. This is called engorgement, and it can be painful. Once you start breastfeeding, the swelling should go away. If you’re not breastfeeding, it may last until your breasts stop making milk.
All the physical changes and demands of your new baby can make you really emotional. Stress and feeling tired all the time are common for new moms. Some women have the baby blues for a few days after giving birth. If these sad feelings last longer than 10 days, tell your provider. You may need to be checked for postpartum depression.