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Your abdomen

Despite delivering your baby, plus the placenta and a lot of fluid, you may still be quite a lot bigger than you were before pregnancy and your abdomen will not usually be flat again straight away. This is partly because your muscles have stretched. If you eat a balanced diet and get some exercise, your shape should soon return to normal. Find out about healthy eating and fitness after the birth.

Breastfeeding helps because it makes the womb (uterus) contract. When breastfeeding your baby, you may sometimes feel a painful twinge in your stomach or period-type pain. This is common and may be relieved with paracetamol or ibuprofen.

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