Babies are miracles that bring endless joy for expectant and new mothers. But although we may feel a burst of love for this tiny human being we’ve brought into the world, we may be worried that our breast implants will feel the effects of the rollercoaster ride our bodies have just been, or are still going, on.

Weight gain and weight loss are inevitable when it comes to motherhood, but will your breast implants become ruined once baby has made a debut into this world? Let’s take a closer look …

Some Things Will Stay The Same

Pregnancy will not affect the actual integrity of the implants themselves. Depending on weight gain, and the rate at which it is gained, this can have a residual effect on the augmentation.

For a woman that plans on nursing, which is still possible depending on the type of implant, the breasts will become much larger than they did during pregnancy. But according to a recent study, it has been confirmed that breastfeeding for women with breast augmentation did not put themselves at a higher risk for skin sagging. Pregnancy fuels a woman’s body with a surge of hormones, which drastically decrease once a woman is nursing, thus often times leading to breast ptosis (sagging).

Every Woman, And Pregnancy, is Unique

No two women will ever have identical pregnancies, and a woman who has had multiple pregnancies will be able to tell you herself that her own pregnancies differed with each child. Some women gain weight slow and steady throughout their entire pregnancy, while others gain weight quickly and more than the average of 35lbs.

Our bodies try their best to respond to weight gain, and doing things slowly can help your chances of being happier with your breast implants—as well as your body—once the baby is here.

A More Natural Look

Many women have reported that their implants appeared more “natural looking” post-pregnancy. Breast augmentation usually grants women a perkier looking shape, and the fullness at the top of the implant may seem more deflated due to loss of skin elasticity post-pregnancy. The size of your breast implants, as well as the size your breasts were prior to surgery, may also play a factor in your outcome after pregnancy.

It’s natural for your body to change during pregnancy, and it is not abnormal for there to be changes to your physical appearance after childbirth. Your body just went through a hormone-induced triathlon, so don’t be unkind to yourself by expecting changes overnight.

Wait until you reach 6 months postpartum, or even longer if you are still nursing, to asses the state of your breast implants.

If you are a woman who does not have breast implants and is looking to get pregnant some time in the near future, then it would be best to wait until after childbirth to have surgery.

There is no way to tell for certain exactly how pregnancy will impact a woman’s implants, but by eating right and keeping up with a regular pregnancy exercise routine this should better your chances of a positive outcome.

If for any reason you are unhappy with how your implants look post-baby, there are options you can choose to make your breast implants look like new once again.