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Your Modesty Before and After Kids

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A lot changes after you have kids: your bank account, waistline and understanding of the decisions your parents made for you as child. What once seemed unfair and unreasonable now makes perfect sense.

One of the most unexpected things that changes when you become a mom is how you feel about your own privacy.

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It's not without reason moms joke about never getting to be alone in the bathroom—we really NEVER get to be alone in the bathroom! Or anywhere else for that matter. No matter how much personal space you thought you needed, no matter how much you used to blush when people openly discussed private matters, you just don't have the luxury of being modest anymore.

The good news is that you get used to it! (That's good news, right?) They start preparing you for it at your first OBGYN appointment.

Before Kids: You squirm uncomfortably when people have the nerve to ask if you're on your period.

After Kids: You eagerly tell the nurse all the details about your last period (and when you had sex last month) so you can find out the due date.

Before Kids: There's rarely a reason to say the word "cervix" out loud.

After Kids: You freely answer the doctor's questions about cervical mucous by the fourth month of your first pregnancy, mostly without even gagging.

Before Kids: A stranger catching a glimpse of your lady parts ranks among the most embarrassing things you can imagine.

After Kids: During the early stages of labor, you barely notice when the 15th random doctor comes in to check how far you're dilated.

After kids, you have more important things to worry about—like shaving your legs before the toddler gets bored and decides to hop in the shower with you.

Before Kids: You shower alone with the door locked.

After Kids: You shower with a toddler constantly popping her head behind the curtain to ask how much longer you're going to be in there.

Before Kids: Trips to the drug store to pick up feminine products are quick and discreet.

After Kids: Trips to the drug store sometimes involve your kid asking loud questions in the checkout line about your "funny toothpaste" while holding up a tube of Vagisil.

Before Kids: Public restrooms are a convenient spot to pee.

After Kids: Public restrooms are a convenient spot for your toddler to loudly ask why your butt is so jiggly.

Before Kids: You'd never flash your boobs in public (except for that one time during Mardi Gras).

After Kids: Your breastfeeding kid lifts your shirt in public at least 20 times a day.

Before Kids: Tampons are kept hidden discreetly in your purse.

After Kids: Your kids use tampons for sword fighting. At the dinner table. When you're out at a restaurant.

Before Kids: The greatest danger to your self-esteem in a changing room is unflattering lighting.

After Kids: The greatest danger to your self-esteem in a changing room is your kid grabbing your exposed tummy and gleefully exclaiming, "It's like Jell-O!"

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Yes, you get used to it. But better yet, most of the time it doesn't bother you nearly as much as you might have expected before kids. Maybe because after kids you have more important things to worry about—like shaving your legs before the toddler gets bored and decides to hop in the shower with you.

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