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Postpartum Weight Loss: When’s Everything Going to Shrink Back

The bump’s gone (well, mostly)—but some other stuff is still b-i-g. Will you ever fit into that Wonderbra again?! A look at when your parts will readjust.
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When will my abs be flat again?
For the first three or four weeks after giving birth, it is completely normal for your belly to be pouchy (unless you’re a supermodel, in which case there is nothing normal about you). Your uterus hasn’t yet shrunk back to size, and your abdominal muscles are still loose from childbirth. A combination of postpartum exercise such as cardio, weight training, and ab exercises will usually have you back in your pre-baby bikini in six to nine months; just get your ob-gyn’s okay before starting an exercise routine. “For me, keeping up with my yoga practice after my son was born really helped me to feel better about my softer abs and wider hips,” says Donna Raskin, a mother of one in Princeton, New Jersey.

When will my breasts return to their usual size?
If you’re breastfeeding, your cup size may be even larger than during pregnancy, at least for the first six months or so, says Mary Rosser, M.D., an ob-gyn at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Once you’ve weaned and gotten back to your pre-pregnancy weight, your bra size will likely return to normal, too. Bottle-feeding? It’ll take about four months for your breasts to simmer down. Even then, they may not be the same.

When will I get my old feet back?
If your pre-pregnancy shoe collection is gathering dust in your closet, blame your hormones. “They cause your feet to spread out, so you may go up a shoe size during pregnancy,” explains Dr. Rosser. Swelling sure doesn’t help. Once you’ve had the baby, your feet should return to their old sexy selves within a couple of months.

Many women say they’ve come to not only accept the changes in their postpartum bodies but also feel good about them. “I know I will always have this little bit of flab around my belly button no matter how hard I work out. And you know what, I am fine with that,” says Michele Spraklin, a mom of one in British Columbia, Canada. “I have a gorgeous son instead of a flat stomach, and I think that’s a great deal.”

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by Very interesting article but considering I didn't have a regular birth I had cesarean section so I had to rely on my husband and he couldn't say no for an answer anyways and the fact that he stayed with me for 1 weeks in the hospital and another week at home taking care of the baby while I recovered I was very grateful for that and now he went back to work he "will" watch the baby every now and then but it's my turn and I want no one else have he I know that might sound selfish of me but he's my little bundle of joy. February 11, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by good article, at the hospital i had way way way too many visitors and felt i didn't even get time to adjust to baby or a schedule. i know having a new baby is exciting and you want everyone to know but honestly i would have prefered to not have any visitors at all. It made things too stressful. November 20, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I absolutely love this article. I've already learned so much. I know I can rely on my husband well enough but I also know that this will be his first NEWBORN baby (we have an 8 year old as well). I never thought about him possibly taking advice better from a male friend or family member with kids. With four brothers of his own, that should be an easy set up. ^_^ August 31, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I have a huge family i never would have thought ask my friends and family to hold on visiting for awhile so i could rest. Great idea. The laying down while baby naps is going to be the hardest thing for me the other night i fell asleep at 1:30 am and 4.5 hours later i was up for the day exhausted tried to nap and couldn't. Took a sleeping pill still couldn't sleep. I ended up with a migraine and finally falling asleep at 10pm. Is there anything that helps sooth relax and calm new moms help you fall asleep that might help? February 2, 2014
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