Let’s have some tummy talk.
After delivery, when Bennett was taken away to be weighed and measured, I noticed a couple of changes. As expected, my bulging, pregnant belly had flattened out considerably. It felt like jello. Additionally – and I found this quite fascinating – my linea nigra (the dark line that runs up the belly when you’re preggo) immediately became deeper and more pronounced! And it’s STILL darker. I’m not sure what to base this off of, but I assume it will eventually fade over time as I assume this is related to the rush of hormones during delivery.
And now that it’s been a week and a half? Well, you wouldn’t believe that I had ever been pregnant by looking at me! My mom claims that I shrank really quickly because Bennett was my “first” baby. Supposedly it gets harder to bounce back. And Brian keeps telling me not to brag. But, guys, I feel reeeeeeeeal good. Now, I’ve only tried on two “safe” pairs of jeans (the kind that aren’t “skinny” jeans), but they do fit. So I’m looking forward to packing up the maternity clothes.
One thing that I can thank for this is all the breastfeeding. Bennett latches on like a champ. In that first week, I could literally see my stomach shrink from day to day. First of all, breastfeeding burns around 500 calories a day. Secondly, breastfeeding releases oxytocin, and oxytocin helps the uterus to contract back to it’s pre-pregnancy size. No, seriously. It IMMEDIATELY helps the uterus. For the first couple of days, every time that I breastfed, I felt like I was simultaneously having menstrual cramps because of the uterus responding to the hormones. It’s like magic.