Everything You Didn't Know About How Your Body Changes After Delivery

Sep 01, 2023
Everything You Didn't Know About How Your Body Changes After Delivery
Are you wondering what happens to your body after childbirth? Discover the surprising truths as we discuss post-delivery transformations.

Welcoming a new life into the world is a remarkable experience, but it also brings significant changes to your body. From hormonal shifts to physical adjustments, the post-delivery period is a journey of transformation. 

At Healthkey Group, acupuncturist and oriental medicine specialist Nikki Yu, L.Ac, and our team understand that the postpartum period can be trying for new moms. That’s why we offer an array of treatments that assist in rebalancing your hormones, resetting your reproductive system, restoring your well-being, and reshaping your body. 

In the meantime, we'll delve into the various ways your body changes after childbirth and provide insights to help you navigate this unique phase with confidence.

Hormonal fluctuations and emotional responses 

After delivery, your body undergoes substantial hormonal changes as it adjusts to no longer being pregnant. These fluctuations can affect your emotions, energy levels, and even your skin. Here's what you might experience:

Baby blues 

Many new mothers experience mood swings, tearfulness, and feelings of sadness in the days following delivery. This is often referred to as the "baby blues" and is usually temporary.

Hormonal variations 

The abrupt drop in estrogen and progesterone levels can lead to mood changes, fatigue, and even headaches.

Hair changes 

Hormonal shifts can cause hair loss, which may be noticeable a few months after childbirth. This is usually temporary and resolves on its own.

Physical transformations 

In addition to hormonal changes, your body undergoes various physical adjustments after childbirth. These changes are a natural part of the post-delivery journey, and understanding them can help you navigate this phase more comfortably.

Uterine contractions 

After delivery, your uterus contracts to its pre-pregnancy size. These contractions can cause cramping and discomfort, especially during breastfeeding.

Vaginal changes 

If you had a vaginal delivery, you might experience soreness, swelling, and possible tears. These symptoms usually improve within a few weeks.

Abdominal changes 

Your abdominal muscles may feel weak and stretched after pregnancy. Engaging in postpartum exercises can help tone and strengthen these muscles.

Breast changes 

Whether you're breastfeeding or not, your breasts will experience changes. Engorgement, leakage, and changes in size are common.

Emotional well-being 

While physical changes are evident, emotional adjustments are equally important during the post-delivery phase. Your mental well-being plays a crucial role in your overall health.

Postpartum depression

Beyond the baby blues, some women experience more severe mood disorders like postpartum depression. It's essential to seek help if you experience persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or difficulty bonding with your baby. 

Body image

Your body has just performed an incredible feat, but it's natural to have mixed feelings about the changes. Remember that every woman’s body is unique, and it's OK to take time to adjust.


Caring for a newborn can be consuming, but don't forget to prioritize self-care. Taking time for yourself can positively impact your mental well-being.

The post-delivery period is a transformative journey that encompasses hormonal, physical, and emotional changes. It can be overwhelming at times, but these changes are a natural part of the process. Be patient with yourself, seek support when needed, and embrace the incredible journey of motherhood.

If you’re ready to learn more about how your body changes after delivery and what to expect, contact us today at HealthKey Group to schedule an appointment. Our New York City offices are located in Flushing and Elmhurst, Queens, and in the Chinatown section of lower Manhattan.