Ah, the joys of the postpartum body.
While I was pregnant, I didn’t give one rat’s ass of thought about what my body might be like after growing a little human and then evicting him, at the whopping size of 8lbs 5oz and over a foot and a half long through the in-door. I knew that the tummy area might be a little jiggly for a while and I figured it would take some time for the weight that I had so thoughtfully and doggedly put on to support the little human to come off. So it’s no surprise that the tummy is not it’s former flat self or that the hips and booty are a little more generous making my favorite jeans rather explicit when wrestled on.
I was still surprised when I surveyed my landscape, though, to notice that my boobs, not the largest to start with, had actually shrunk. Yes, shrunk. They have been inflated and deflated so many times through pregnancy and nursing that it’s a wonder they are still on the top half of my body, but it was still a shock to put on a bra from my previous life and see how much room there was. Mr. X doesn’t seem to mind, but still. I still also have those tattoos of pregnancy; my linea nigra hasn’t disappeared nor have some freckles on the mid-section that cannot thank the sunshine for their existence.
The biggest shocks however have come from the inside. I don’t care that my OB advised that Mr. X and I could resume nookie six weeks post-partum. We waited until 8 weeks and it hurt like a mofo for the first half and then I didn’t feel much of anything for the second half. Common sense dictates that if you stretch something to the size of a cantaloupe, you should expect that it might take it a long time to get back to its normal size. Common sense and I parted ways at about week 30 in my pregnancy and we have not made up since. So, genuine shock and dismay followed. It’s getting better, at least on the tightening front, but it still hurts. A lot.
And then there is the weird problem: to put it simply, there’s trouble in my alimentary canal. About four weeks postpartum, I started having bad digestive problems. I’ve always had a sensitive stomach so I figured it was just something I ate. But, the problems didn’t go away. They have been so persistent (going on six weeks now) that I have earned myself the Old People’s Test – a colonoscopy! If you ask me nicely, I might even post pictures.
To recap, the boobs are smaller, the tummy is lumpier, the sex is painful and I get to have a camera placed in the other location where the sun doesn’t shine because of continuing troubles down below. But, Rex is almost on the verge of laughing and can put himself back to sleep in the middle of the night. I think that’s a fair trade.