Pregnancy changes the body in some pretty obvious ways (hello, baby bump), but it can also affect the inner workings of the body as well. For instance, the many things that happen to your metabolism after you have a baby are pretty fascinating. As the old saying goes, babies change everything, and the metabolism is no exception.
First, though, it's helpful to get a grasp on what the metabolism actually does. Broadly, the word metabolism refers to the process by which the body turns food into energy, according to the Mayo Clinic. The food you eat, as well as your exercise habits, can affect the speed at which your metabolism works. But plenty of other things, from medications to (of course) pregnancy can also affect the way it functions. Although people tend to define the metabolism in terms of fast or slow, there's a lot more going on. It's a complicated bodily process affected by all sorts of different factors, including your age and activity level, as further noted in the Mayo Clinic.
So to learn more about pregnancy's affect on the metabolism, Romper reached out to two experts. Breanna Herring, MSN, is a Certified Nurse Midwife at Unity Point Health, and Dr. Amy Markese is a board-certified OB/GYN and an instructor at the University of Colorado Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Both provided excellent insight into the way pregnancy can affect a person's metabolism.