They say parenthood changes you, but whoever coined that famous phrase probably wasn't aware of just how much of an understatement it would actually be. Motherhood doesn't just change you — it warps, distorts, and re-models you until you're a barely recognizable figment of your prior self. In the best way possible, of course. Somehow, despite all of the creepy things you never knew about your body after having a baby, motherhood is still one of the most magical and worthwhile endeavors.
Pregnancy and labor, though, can really throw your body for a loop. And many of the changes to your body, both internally and externally, may be unexpected. As with most things, being prepared about the not-so-pretty side of postpartum life (and really, it may seem like the only pretty side is your newborn baby for a while), is in your best interest.
Whether your labor was a breeze — who are you?! — or you feel a bit like you crawled out of a battle scene after giving birth, these postpartum side effects can affect anyone and everyone. Chances are you'll notice a few of the good, the bad, and the downright creepy, as your body (and mental sanity) slowly inch back towards normalcy.