The birth of a child is one of the happiest moments in a woman’s life. Aside from the beautiful moments and the stress that is associated with motherhood, a new mother can also experience issues related to her physical appearance and a certain psychological discomfort after childbirth. After childbirth, many women, while being excited about motherhood, can also be overwhelmed by insecurities about the changes in her body following pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy and childbirth changes the body in more ways than one, and these effects are, in most case, irreversible. The new mother can sometimes find it hard to get back to her pre-pregnancy shape and tone despite rigorous diet and exercise. Plastic surgery offers several procedures and interventions for new mothers to help them regain their pre- pregnancy bodies. The plastic surgeon will recommend waiting for at least six months after birth before scheduling one of these cosmetic procedures. At the same time, keep in mind that it is also recommended that plans for another pregnancy should be put off to a distant future since it would negate the results of the plastic surgery intervention. The minimum of six months that the new mother should wait before undergoing plastic surgery is important for several reasons: – The body needs time to adjust after giving birth and it takes several months for the body to complete this process; – The body will have to restart the internal and metabolic process from before the pregnancy and adjust itself to the new lifestyle and program before it is subjected to another type of trauma like a plastic surgery intervention; – During those first six months, the body will activate its own internal process to revert to its initial shape and, with the help of a healthy diet and regular physical exercises, it is quite possible to regain your pre- pregnancy body without need for plastic surgery or any minimally invasive plastic surgery intervention – The psychological changes that occur during pregnancy are due to hormonal changes and this needs to stabilize and return to normal levels before any type of plastic surgery interventions – Motherhood means much more than just delivering a baby. The first few months are important nurturing moments for mother and child and new mothers need this time to strengthen the emotional attachment and lifetime bond. A surgical intervention can be an added physical stress at a time when the baby needs its mother, as she will not be able to perform normal activities during the critical recovery period It bears pointing out that the changes that occur in the body during pregnancy and childbirth are not only at the exterior level, but also on the inside. Hernia of the abdominal muscles caused by the excessive stretching of the abdominal muscles is a common condition of pregnancy and this problem can only be fixed with the help of a surgical intervention. No amount of exercise or diet can restore the functional strength of the abdomen or tighten the weakened abdominal muscles resulting from diastasis recti. Multiple pregnancies can also add to those changes and their unsightly effects on a woman’s body. Getting back in shape after giving birth The firmness and augmentation of the breasts Pregnancy and breastfeeding can significantly change the breasts by increasing the volume and density and overstretching the skin. After breastfeeding stops, the breasts will lose some of its volume and the skin might not be able to retract properly and lose its firmness. Breast sagginess can occur. Most women lose volume from the superior pole of the breasts creating a deep but droopy cleavage. To restore the natural shape and position of the breasts, the new mother can choose one of the following procedures: – Breast augmentation with implants or fat transfer; – Breast lift; – Breast reduction. Getting rid of the fat pockets after giving birth During pregnancy, it is inevitable that you gain weight and amass fat deposits that do not automatically disappear after childbirth and are quite resistant to diet and exercise. The most affected area is, of course, the abdomen – the medial area being just like an elastic girdle that stretches when the baby grows inside the mother’s womb. Most of these fat deposits will disappear in the succeeding months after giving birth with the help of massages, regular exercise, and a healthy diet. Still, some new mothers would still be dealing with saggy and loose skin in and around the abdomen, the hips, thighs and flanks. Faced with this scenario, the new mother would need body sculpture such as body lift procedures or liposuction to restore the natural contours of the body. Note that it is not only excess and stubborn fat deposits that are an issue. The overstretching of the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues can cause ruptures or the relaxation of the tissues. Hence, the new mother might also be confronted with other issues like umbilical hernia and diastasis recti. A tummy tuck can definitely help the mommy regain her pre- pregnancy body and more youthful proportions with long lasting effects. Conclusion Before undergoing cosmetic procedures to help you regain your pre- pregnancy body, you need to consult a plastic surgeon that can recommend the most suitable treatment plan for your particular case. Keep in mind that to be eligible for plastic surgery, your body weight must be close to its ideal weight. If you want to lose more weight, do it before scheduling your plastic surgery intervention. Liposuction of the thighs and hips and a tummy tuck that will fix loose abdominal muscles and umbilical hernia are some of the surgical procedures that can help you get back your initial body shape after childbirth. You can also do breast enhancement procedures such as the breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast lift. It is important for women to know that there is nothing wrong with giving importance to both family and oneself. Wanting to look good and feel good and doing whatever it takes to ensure your physical and emotional wellbeing especially after childbirth, is not a selfish act at all and there is nothing to feel guilty about. A positive self-image can go a long way in enriching your family and personal life.