When you're learning about all of the ways that pregnancy and birth can change your body, the focus is often on what happens right up to and including when the baby is born. What happens afterwards can sometimes seem skipped over, particularly what happens relatively soon after you have the baby. There are some shocking things that happen to your body right after having a baby that no one tells you about, however, that you might want to know more about, especially if you're getting ready to give birth yourself.
In the excitement of the new baby being here — finally — and the feelings and emotions that can absolutely engulf you, some of the other things might not get as scrutinized as all of the little changes that happen to your body while you're pregnant. But pregnancy can affect you for longer than just those nine or so months when you're actually pregnant. And if you're not expecting some of what can come soon after you give birth, that might make it a bit more difficult to handle. You might wonder what's going on, if something's wrong, or if it's permanent. And, frankly, those first few hours, days, weeks, and months of postpartum life can be hectic and chaotic enough without having to worry whether your after-birth shivering or hair loss is actually a sign of something more serious or not.
Some of what happens after you give birth probably wasn't discussed much among your group of friends or other you turn to for advice, but it's still nice to have some sort of idea of what might happen so that you can be prepared if — or when — it does.