I am 39, hispanic and I have an 8 month old baby. I am still pale, dry skinned (and lipped)and have no energy. My joints are all stiff and my lower back aches. I'm tired of resting, but I can't seem to get back to normal. How much longer will this last?!
ImUrWILDESTDrm ImUrWILDESTDrm 36-40, F 18 Answers Oct 13, 2009

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We'll that depends on how well you took care of yourself while you were pregnant.

This also depends on how you have birth was it natural or cesarean?

You really need to see OBGYN. You might have low iron or something else.

Please see your Dr. soon!

Good luck!

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Caring for an 8 month old baby is pretty exhausting, but you might have a bit of postpartum depression as well.

Your symptoms may also be remedied by something as simple as vitamins. It's really a good idea to check with your doctor.

Getting back to the state you were in prior to giving birth is hard to say, as it varies with each person.

My 1st pregnancy was 30 years ago, and I was in an awful state shortly after giving birth. The first year was probably the most difficult period in my life.

Since that time, I've had two more babies and each experience was different from the one before.

My kids are all grown today, and even after having gone through menopause, I feel in great shape with a stamina I'm happy with.

Don't despair. Though having children is a joyous experience, it can be a very tiring one as well. Please do check with your doctor. I wish you well.

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I felt normal after 6 months, but some ladies can take longer. If you are worried go and see your doctor and they can advise you properly. I don't think there are any set rules on time, so don't worry.

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You never get back to the normal that you once knew. Maybe you need to take some iron, but you must also take into consideration the amount of energy it takes to look after a baby, and whether he/she is sleeping through nights, etc.

I have a 3 year old that has never once slept through the night fully. She still drinks a sippy cup during the night and she wakes at least twice a night for a drink.

If you need any advice or a chat you are more than welcome to mail me.

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i have a 2 month old & i was normal like 30 minutes afterwards (except the va-jay-jay healing part which took a few weeks and now i can even have sex... yay!)

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It can take upwards of a year to get back to normal.

I have a feeling that pregnancy resets a person's natural rhythms and you never really go back to the way you are.

I've had 2 babies and changed drastically during and after each pregnancy. I feel permanently different now.

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From what I heard, there's no going back to what "normal" was again.

Your life has just taken a whole new turn...

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MUCH longer when you wait until your late 30s. Nothing about your description sounds like there's a problem.

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Congrats on the little one! Physically, it can take about a year or longer for your body to stabilize. The dry skin is probably due to hormones or simply not eating right. My doc advised me to continue taking the prenatal vitamins for a year AFTER I had my little one; they're just turbo-charged multi-vitamins so it won't hurt anything. I thought my back would never heal from the epidural either; it seemed to take forever for the soreness to ease.

So many things change internally when you're pregnant and deliver; to be on the safe side, I would ask your doc about the pain and get a standard lab done. In the meantime, try to get as much rest as you can, stay hydrated and eat well. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the little one.

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What's N O R M A L??

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