Third tri and with the big day looming ever closer I'm thinking about the other side and how nice it will be to get my body back to myself (not that growing a human hasn't been the best thing I've ever done, but 9 months is plenty thanks).
So once you've given birth and your body dispenses with the relaxin does your body put itself back together roughly how it was before? I'm thinking particularly of my feet and ribs that have spread and the ache in my hips when I walk for more than 5 mins. How long did it take for you to get your old shoes and bras on? Or were you left permanently bigger? Obviously losing baby weight is a very individual thing but are bones more predictable?
Hmm well I was quite lucky I think in that all my aches and pains seemed to go immediately, but my ribs are definitely wider and feet maybe slightly bigger than before and I assumed those were permanent...
Immediately after dd1 my spd disappeared and I could walk for miles no trouble (she was forceps delivery and my recovery was easy and fast). After dd2, I think it took a year or 14 mths for the spd to go. (Very fast birth, 4cm to birth in 30 mins) Not breastfeeding related as am still feeding her at 17.5 mths.
My feet/hips never changed, not sure about my ribs, I think I still fit a 30 band bra...I'm going to have a measure once she's asleep!
Never had any extra body hair, in fact the hair on my legs practically stopped growing, sadly that effect has not lasted
The gorgeous black tie dress I planned to wear last week tells me that my ribs have definitely stayed wider! I could get it over my stomach and it would have gone over my bust, just, but the bottom of my rib cage was a no go. There was about a three inch gap at the zip!
But my rib cage is definitely bigger, I seem to be broader too, can't get into some of my old clothes despite losing weight, and don't think I'll ever be able to. My shape has changed. Maybe not noticeable to others though.
Ribcage and hips never returned to pre-preg widths but feet did go back to normal as did the tummy fuzz, although it did take a few months for the sodding dark hair to go. Shame I can't say the same about my multi stretch marked skin and over stretched muscles