Pregnancy is a temporary condition (even though it doesn't always feel that way), but it can have some very permanent consequences — and we're not just talking about your kid, either. After everything your body goes through to make a baby, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that you'll never be quite the same again, physically (or mentally, or emotionally, if we're being honest!). But how exactly does pregnancy affect your health later in life?
Some of the changes you might experience are actually pretty cool, while others... we're not gonna lie, others are like, not cool at all. But hey, that's all part of being a mom, right? You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have an '80s sitcom theme song that actually defines motherhood pretty well. It's actually fairly fascinating when you think about how our bodies are programmed to adapt to reproduction, and how unique certain physical traits are to mothers — for the rest of their lives. It's like being part of a secret society! (Or at least that's what you can tell yourself when you're trying to cope with some of those not-so-cool side effects I mentioned.)
Whether you're expecting at the moment or you're a mom trying to figure out what exactly is happening to her body, here are some interesting ways being pregnant can impact your health for life.