When you see a Hollywood star prancing around a beach in a bikini just weeks after giving birth, it can be easy to feel envious about how easy it is for them to "get back to normal." But if you find yourself feeling jealous, remember this: no matter how fast they snap back to their pre-pregnancy size and shape, they're still dealing with the same crazy hormonal side effects as everyone else, most of which are gag-worthy. But those gross things about postpartum are actually healthy, and they can be important milestones in your recovery.
After all your body has been through over the past nine plus months, not to mention the grueling process of delivering your baby, it would be awesome if moms could just get a nice break during the postpartum period. Sadly, that's not the case. Some changes are welcome (sweating like a maniac seems like a decent trade off for losing weight to me), but others not so much (my hair is still a disaster more than a year after my daughter was born).
In my experience, the best way to cope with these changes is to be prepared for them. Here are seven not so fun things you'll likely experience during the postpartum period thanks to your changing hormones.