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4 Women Get Real About What Happened to Their Bodies After Having a Baby

Sarah grew up in Monterey, CA and now lives in Los Angeles. When she's not writing, you can find her enjoying a good book, fine wine, sunflowers and long walks on the beach.

Yeah, we heard giving birth is painful — but no one told us all the gory details about after

Giving birth is a miracle, but it's also a common shared human experience — so how come it seems no one ever really tells you what happens with your body after you push out your baby?

More: Pregnancy Diaries: The Mom Whose First Birth Experience May Have Scarred Her

Yeah, yeah, we've been hammered with how much delivering an infant hurts, but you rarely hear anyone blabber on about all the intimate details of what goes down after. Breastfeeding, for instance, is something a lot of women opt to do; however, it's not really common knowledge that it's normal to wake up in the middle of the night covered in breast milk — and you probably didn't know that 44 percent of women have challenges breastfeeding according to a survey done by SheKnows.

More: 8 Things No One Tells You About Sex After Childbirth

And what about our vaginas? According to our research, 1 out of 5 women experience vaginal dryness — which only makes the act of intercourse after pregnancy that much harder.

We're all in this together. It's time we start talking about it, don't ya think?

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