There Are Actually Some Health Benefits to Giving Birth

By Monica Beyer | Originally Published April 26, 2018 on She Knows | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

Childbirth is a life-altering experience. A nine(ish)-month pregnancy followed by the arrival of your newborn is not only one of the most intense emotional adventures you’ll go through, but you may experience some sweet health benefits as a result of the whole undertaking. Here are some of the perks you may enjoy after you have a baby.

Better overall health

Let’s face it. Once that pregnancy test shows its second line (or even before that if you’ve been trying to conceive for a while) you’re going to make changes in your life for the benefit of your baby. Good news, though — this benefits you as well. These advantages include:

Better nutrition. Dr. Sherry Ross, an OB-GYN at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, tells SheKnows that eating a complete and well-balanced diet is a great way to prepare for pregnancy, and you’ll want to continue eating well for the duration. This means, when all is said and done, you may be healthier (overall) after your baby is born than you were before.

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