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The normal size of an unpregnant uterus (uter-house) is like a closed fist. Pregnancy stretches it like a large balloon filled with baby, amniotic fluid and placenta. After you deliver your baby, the uterus must contract its muscles back to the original, compact size. Lack of contents and natural hormones will start the process. The stimulation of breastmilk expression is one way to kick in the body's hormones to do the job. The entire process takes up to 6 weeks to complete.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|