Post Pregnancy Body How Breasts Actually Change
A shocking news that Page Six reported back in July stated that supermodel Gisele Bundchen had allegedly gone to a Parisian plastic surgeon and had got some ‘work ‘ done on her breasts. This news seemed unseemly for the hardcore yogi and natural-birth spokeswoman who had no need of such a work to be done on her beautiful body.
Pregnancy and post-pregnancy brings unforeseen changes to women’s body. Once you start carrying a baby, your body starts growing and altering in certain ways which leave you panicking.
Most of the conversation about post-baby body image has paid attention to how rapidly a woman can slim down to her pre-baby weight. Magazines dedicate full covers to this topic, while trainers and nutritionists make a killing off of it. Of course, many women call attention to the fact that one of the easiest ways to lose pounds is to breastfeed. Not only is it the best source of nutrition for a newborn, but, according to the American Pregnancy Association, a breastfeeding mom can burn around 425 to 700 calories a day—without ever having to set foot on a treadmill. Celebrities pledge to it. Miranda Kerr attributed breastfeeding for speeding up her metabolism after she gave birth to her son, while Bündchen said it helped her keep her figure and “should be a worldwide law,” after the birth of her son in 2009. But while women are quick to point out the countless benefits of breastfeeding, the reality of how badly it can cause havoc on your breasts is hardly ever discussed.
The invariable expanding and contracting of the skin is to thank for the ultimate sagging. “When you’re pregnant, the glandular elements of the breast get considerably larger, so you see an increase in one or two cup sizes,” explained Dr. Kolker. “Postpartum, the breast gland goes back down to the original size or ends up being a little less. Since the skin stretches during the period of growth, there’s an increase in discrepancy between the skin and the gland.”
I have spoken with a few moms who in fact enjoyed the changes their bodies went through after giving birth. A coworker who had her son 16 months ago appreciated the diminished size of her once larger breasts and the fact that her nipples were now “permanently perky,” because, she said, “they look much better when I’m naked.” And my cousin, whose boobs changed little, said she was actually thankful for the widening of her hips. “I had little curves to begin with,” she stated, “so I like the fact that I have a waist now.”