Trying to Get Pregnant

"Postpartum Preparedness" AMA (trigger & tmi warnings)

17891012

Re: "Postpartum Preparedness" AMA (trigger & tmi warnings)

  • YogaSandyYogaSandy member
    500 Love Its Third Anniversary 100 Comments Name Dropper
    edited May 2015
    rparr1984 said:

    Hi! I'm a lurking lurker who just spent the better part of a 2+ hour bath reading this amazing thread and I want to say thank you to everyone for all of the great information! I'll definitely be reading through it again to take actual notes of what to watch/read/take to the hospital/take from the hospital/buy/etc.

    I have a few questions of you ladies are still willing to share:

    1. Everyone talks about unmedicated versus epidurals, and I'm wondering if there are any in between options that maybe take the edge off of the pain but still allow you to be up and about, using a birthing ball/tub/whatever else works for you. I've read about some hospitals allowing laughing gas, and have heard vague references to other pain med options, but not much more than vague. Has anyone here gone an in between route and, if so, what did you do/how was it?

    2. My hubs gets about 8-10 weeks of paternity leave. In your experience, would you have preferred to have your hubby home with you during the first weeks of your maternity leave, or would you have had him take off after your leave ended to extend the time baby was with just parents versus other child care providers?

    3. Did you take any birthing or parenting classes and do you feel that they helped you either in labor or with your new baby (I read a lot, so I'm not sure how useful they will be).

    4. Did you exercise regularly during pregnancy and do you think that helped with your delivery/recovery.

    Thank you again for sharing all of your experiences. You're amazing!


    Epidural vs natural - I live in a very remote area. The nearest city is six hours away. Many women choose to go there (or elsewhere) to have their babies - sometimes because they're high risk and it's a medical necessity in case they need surgery (no surgeon at our hospital) and sometimes it is for the epidural (no epidural a here because there's no anesthesiologist). But, that usually means you have to go wait in the city from 36 weeks. I didn't want that. At our hospital, I had gas - mostly just took the edge off and did nothing for my back. I also had fentanyl. It did a pretty good job. I definitely wasn't numb. It still hurt something fierce, but there was a huge difference from before the fentanyl to after it.

    ETA re: exercise. I worked out all the time while pregnant. Stopped lifting much. Sometimes just walking and swimming. But I'm a yoga instructor, resistance trainer, and group fitness instructor. I don't think it made a difference in recovery. Obviously, it made me healthier, but I still gained a metric tonne of weight (DS is 19 months - still need to lose lots). But due to him eating every two hours until like nine months and the sheer exhaustion and sleeping whenever he slept etc - I still don't exercise much anymore. So maybe I'm not a good example.
    rparr1984
  •     
  • Ok so everyone keeps saying that they were scared to poop....why?

    Because the pressure if expelling stool exerts pressure on your vagina etc. you are swollen & tender. Also, you can be constipated so the whole process can be very painful.
    I was so scared of popping after. I took stool softeners and Metamucil - on recommendation of Dr and nurse. I think I may have went overboard. Like maybe they should have been alternated or smaller doses. Or maybe it would have happened anyway. Bowel incontinence - you don't know you hafta poop until it's on the outside. Not pleasant. It only happened once. I heard people say it happened to them - no idea if they were taking softeners etc. or if it just happens sometimes.
  • Ok so everyone keeps saying that they were scared to poop....why?
    I was afraid it would hurt like Hades with my tear. Plus the thought of pooping when everything down there was already a train wreck gave me anxiety. ;)
    I'm an opinionated lurking lurker who lurks and offers advice and admonition as needed. You've been warned of my lurking nature.

    image

    lovearoolonghurrdontcurr
  •     
  • PumpkinTiPumpkinTi member
    250 Love Its Third Anniversary 100 Comments First Answer
    edited May 2015
    What happens post-baby-getting-delivered (and placenta)???  As in, I assume its not like the movies where you go from super-intense-pushing to "hey look i'm holding a baby and my hair and make-up are perfect!"...  I've heard they massage your uterus to help in contract back to its normal size... is that true?  Are there other things they don't tell you about beforehand?

    eta: thanks so much for making this thread, it's awesome!
    28yo, TTC#2 since 6/2014
    Kiddo #1 = 10 cycles of trying, 1 CP and is now a toddler
    TTC#2 since 2/2017

    cattlebride
  •     
  • PumpkinTi said:

    What happens post-baby-getting-delivered (and placenta)???  As in, I assume its not like the movies where you go from super-intense-pushing to "hey look i'm holding a baby and my hair and make-up are perfect!"...  I've heard they massage your uterus to help in contract back to its normal size... is that true?  Are there other things they don't tell you about beforehand?


    eta: thanks so much for making this thread, it's awesome!
    Not much medical wise if things go without complication if you tear doc stitches you up. A lot of doctors will give pitocin to help contract the uterus to prevent hemorrhage. If you breastfeed they will have you attempt to do that as well as the oxytocin from bfing also helps prevent hemorrhage. Its a great time for mom to bond with baby.
  • mrs3615 said:

    Bump.

    So I'm really hoping that bfing is something I am able to do- I understand it's challenging! Are there some good websites you recommend for bfing info, support, etc?

    Like PP have said, Kelly mom is a wonderful site. However, if you end up joining your BMB the women on there with you might be the most valuable resource you have (internet-wise). I was so fortunate to be on a BMB that had supporting and encouraging members who helped others every step of the way. Even the other FTMs were helpful because we all went through it at the same time and could commiserate. But those BTDT moms were a godsend.
    I know a lot has gone on with the bump this year but i am holding out hope that the BMBs will be the way they used to be when we all get our BFPs.
  •     
  • This is an AMAZING thread!

    Thank you ladies so much for the incredible advice!!!!


    Daisypath Anniversary tickers
    Lilypie Maternity tickers


    cattlebride
  • @BumpAdmin

    I just survived a flood, what's your excuse? Pin this please.
    httpss-media-cache-ak0pinimgcom564x9c95d69c95d674dd5cf4fca6bd9d384e78e24bjpg
    LFAF February Siggy Challenge - "Favorite TV/Movie Couple"


    httpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUpload26b89148c7b33ea94ce2d81113588d17jpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUploadd47bf7ca05f00f6cf5bf636c32d9a75bjpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUpload8eecaf9159c3ef2d76474f4858e0ca7cjpg
    httpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUploada6e4cbc633a118da3abd087f7518f2c8jpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUploadc77e51750c881e1e2ec7bd004e796cd3jpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUpload54f663537b430163ad7fac1203ceb664jpg

    Me: 28 | DH: 29
    DD: 10/17/13
    TTC#2 Actively: 10/14, NTNP: 01/14
    Left-Sided Hydrosalpinx (cause: genetic abnormality, TREATED 11/16)

    http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/396b04


























    slhawkins25Mamabeaglelovearoolonghurrdontcurr
  •     
  • Good evening! Just wanted to also share my experience with this as well.Read this the day it was posted but hadn't introduced myself yet and still wanted to lurk a bit more.

    When i was pregnant with my daughter (12 years ago!)  i just turned 17 at the time i gave birth.I had a lot of braxton hicks before hand and they all felt like the real deal...until i was actully in labor that is! Then they felt very mild to what i had experienced before.I woke up around 3AM and was in so much pain but thought maybe i was just going through braxton hicks again so i waited till around 7 and couldn't handle it anymore so called the doctor and they told me to come in.I was so releaved when she said it was the real deal this time and i was dilated.They just kept watch over me until my contractions where closer together.I can't remember the excact time now but i opted for the epidural (which felt great to me! It popped my back lol) and then they broke my water and then thats when things got moving.I was really out of it.I remember the pressure mostly.My husband said the doctors where afraid i wouldn't make it but did not want to inform me incase i paniced. (I'm not sure what was wrong) but the delivery went smooth.I did tear a bit but of course i couldn't feel it.

    I would say the "message" was horrible and was not warned and also the first poop was horrible! I didn't fully recover for about 6 months i would say.I'm not sure why.The doctor said everything looked good but it still hurt to have sex but i finally got over it thankfully.
    image 
    TTC #2

    What i'm trying: Seed Cycling,Fertility Friend,&Charting.
    image
    My Ovulation Chart

  •     
  • PumpkinTi said:

    What happens post-baby-getting-delivered (and placenta)???  As in, I assume its not like the movies where you go from super-intense-pushing to "hey look i'm holding a baby and my hair and make-up are perfect!"...  I've heard they massage your uterus to help in contract back to its normal size... is that true?  Are there other things they don't tell you about beforehand?


    eta: thanks so much for making this thread, it's awesome!
    Not much medical wise if things go without complication if you tear doc stitches you up. A lot of doctors will give pitocin to help contract the uterus to prevent hemorrhage. If you breastfeed they will have you attempt to do that as well as the oxytocin from bfing also helps prevent hemorrhage. Its a great time for mom to bond with baby.
    Thanks!
    28yo, TTC#2 since 6/2014
    Kiddo #1 = 10 cycles of trying, 1 CP and is now a toddler
    TTC#2 since 2/2017

  • I have a question. I'm sorry if this has been asked already, it's a very long thread lol. I've heard over and over again that it is wise to prepare freezer meals for when the baby comes. Is this assuming that the woman does most of the cooking and will be too tired/busy to do any cooking? I'm just wondering if this is something that I should plan for when the time comes because I'm one of those lucky wives whose DH does most of the cooking.
    slhawkins25
  •     
  •     
  •     
  • I have a question. I'm sorry if this has been asked already, it's a very long thread lol. I've heard over and over again that it is wise to prepare freezer meals for when the baby comes. Is this assuming that the woman does most of the cooking and will be too tired/busy to do any cooking? I'm just wondering if this is something that I should plan for when the time comes because I'm one of those lucky wives whose DH does most of the cooking.

    I'm lucky like that as well. I didn't prepare meals ahead. Sure, it would have been nice to have a few on hand, but not the the extent many people recommend because he took care/takes care of much of the cooking anyways. Now, if he's going to go back to work shortly after baby comes, having stuff that's easy to go to for lunch would be beneficial because it's surprisingly easy to not eat and realize all of the sudden it's 2pm and the last thing you ate was at 8 am.
    slhawkins25taryngonzChaoticWolfbrzvice
  •     
  • I have a question. I'm sorry if this has been asked already, it's a very long thread lol. I've heard over and over again that it is wise to prepare freezer meals for when the baby comes. Is this assuming that the woman does most of the cooking and will be too tired/busy to do any cooking? I'm just wondering if this is something that I should plan for when the time comes because I'm one of those lucky wives whose DH does most of the cooking.

    I'm lucky like that as well. I didn't prepare meals ahead. Sure, it would have been nice to have a few on hand, but not the the extent many people recommend because he took care/takes care of much of the cooking anyways. Now, if he's going to go back to work shortly after baby comes, having stuff that's easy to go to for lunch would be beneficial because it's surprisingly easy to not eat and realize all of the sudden it's 2pm and the last thing you ate was at 8 am.
    Thank you! That's very helpful advice! I'll have to remember that. :)
  • I have a question. I'm sorry if this has been asked already, it's a very long thread lol. I've heard over and over again that it is wise to prepare freezer meals for when the baby comes. Is this assuming that the woman does most of the cooking and will be too tired/busy to do any cooking? I'm just wondering if this is something that I should plan for when the time comes because I'm one of those lucky wives whose DH does most of the cooking.

    My DH does most of the cooking and I still wish I had prepped more freezer meals. My DH only got one week off so maybe this makes a difference. For me, there were days when DH got home and I so desperately wanted to shower. It would have been so nice to pop a frozen pot pie in the oven and hand DH the baby when he got home. Instead, most nights, he'd head straight for the kitchen. Nice but not so nice.
    jnnfrrose6concreteayngelkpaltChaoticWolf
  •     
  • I have a question. I'm sorry if this has been asked already, it's a very long thread lol. I've heard over and over again that it is wise to prepare freezer meals for when the baby comes. Is this assuming that the woman does most of the cooking and will be too tired/busy to do any cooking? I'm just wondering if this is something that I should plan for when the time comes because I'm one of those lucky wives whose DH does most of the cooking.

    You can if you want. We just cooked as we needed.


    LFAF Summer 2016 Awards:



    Lilypie First Birthday tickers

  • As a FTM I am so grateful to hear all of these experiences! I feel like I'm going to be that one crunchy granola mom in the hospital that basically tells everyone to Fcuk Off because hospital policy isn't law. If I'm hungry, I will eat. If I'm uncomfortable I will do whatever the hell I want to make myself comfortable. Oh and he'll to the no with that uterus massage. That will absolutely not be done to me. BFing takes care of that.

    So here's my question: anyone have a doula? Did they help or no?
    BabyFetus Ticker
  •     
  • I must be the exception....I didn't have most of these things you all speak of....no long labor (got to the hospital at a 5), no c-section, no pooping on the table (or none that they spoke of), no stitches (my doc did the massaging), no problems with bm's (take stool softeners), no lengthy bleeding (maybe 2 weeks-ish), no hemorrhoids, and no problems with sex.

    BUT what I did have was no control over my gas while I had the epidural!!! They were the worst and I couldn't help it...plus the ENTIRE family was there.

    Am I alone on this one?
    slhawkins25
  •     
  • Mrs Mommy said:

    I must be the exception....I didn't have most of these things you all speak of....no long labor (got to the hospital at a 5), no c-section, no pooping on the table (or none that they spoke of), no stitches (my doc did the massaging), no problems with bm's (take stool softeners), no lengthy bleeding (maybe 2 weeks-ish), no hemorrhoids, and no problems with sex.


    BUT what I did have was no control over my gas while I had the epidural!!! They were the worst and I couldn't help it...plus the ENTIRE family was there.

    Am I alone on this one?
    I'm sure you'll find every pregnancy & labor is different. Even within the same person.

    No I never noticed gas.
    httpss-media-cache-ak0pinimgcom564x9c95d69c95d674dd5cf4fca6bd9d384e78e24bjpg
    LFAF February Siggy Challenge - "Favorite TV/Movie Couple"


    httpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUpload26b89148c7b33ea94ce2d81113588d17jpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUploadd47bf7ca05f00f6cf5bf636c32d9a75bjpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUpload8eecaf9159c3ef2d76474f4858e0ca7cjpg
    httpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUploada6e4cbc633a118da3abd087f7518f2c8jpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUploadc77e51750c881e1e2ec7bd004e796cd3jpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUpload54f663537b430163ad7fac1203ceb664jpg

    Me: 28 | DH: 29
    DD: 10/17/13
    TTC#2 Actively: 10/14, NTNP: 01/14
    Left-Sided Hydrosalpinx (cause: genetic abnormality, TREATED 11/16)

    http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/396b04


























  • DeeGreerDeeGreer member
    1000 Comments 500 Love Its First Answer Name Dropper
    edited May 2015
    Just read all of these pages. Holy shit. I knew to expect the fundal massage and not eating but I didn't realize a lot of the other terrifying things. Awesome information but definitely not bedtime reading material lol my imagination is in over drive. Freezer meals are genius because my boyfriend can't boil water. How soon after delivery did they make you start walking around? What about a shower!? I can imagine I'm going to be musty mess afterwards!
    lovearoo
  •     
  •     
  • Everycol0rEverycol0r member
    10000 Comments 500 Love Its Fourth Anniversary 5 Answers
    edited May 2015
    DeeGreer said:

    Just read all of these pages. Holy shit. I knew to expect the fundal massage and not eating but I didn't realize a lot of the other terrifying things. Awesome information but definitely not bedtime reading material lol my imagination is in over drive. Freezer meals are genius because my boyfriend can't boil water. How soon after delivery did they make you start walking around? What about a shower!? I can imagine I'm going to be musty mess afterwards!

    I gave birth around 9pm and I started walking around at 2 or 3am, I don't recall the exact time. I took a shower that evening but I had to wait for my IV to be removed, I was still on a pit drip for a few hours to help my uterus contract. If you have a csection it may even be another day before you are up and moving. They encourage you to walk around though, walking is very healing.

    httpss-media-cache-ak0pinimgcom564x9c95d69c95d674dd5cf4fca6bd9d384e78e24bjpg
    LFAF February Siggy Challenge - "Favorite TV/Movie Couple"


    httpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUpload26b89148c7b33ea94ce2d81113588d17jpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUploadd47bf7ca05f00f6cf5bf636c32d9a75bjpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUpload8eecaf9159c3ef2d76474f4858e0ca7cjpg
    httpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUploada6e4cbc633a118da3abd087f7518f2c8jpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUploadc77e51750c881e1e2ec7bd004e796cd3jpghttpdb88884558af2dd1308c-3341812d6775871652d58b599202ab3cr4cf1rackcdncomthebumpvanillaforumscomFileUpload54f663537b430163ad7fac1203ceb664jpg

    Me: 28 | DH: 29
    DD: 10/17/13
    TTC#2 Actively: 10/14, NTNP: 01/14
    Left-Sided Hydrosalpinx (cause: genetic abnormality, TREATED 11/16)

    http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/396b04


























  •     
  • As a FTM I am so grateful to hear all of these experiences! I feel like I'm going to be that one crunchy granola mom in the hospital that basically tells everyone to Fcuk Off because hospital policy isn't law. If I'm hungry, I will eat. If I'm uncomfortable I will do whatever the hell I want to make myself comfortable. Oh and he'll to the no with that uterus massage. That will absolutely not be done to me. BFing takes care of that. So here's my question: anyone have a doula? Did they help or no?
    No, it's just there to make sure you don't aspirate, injure yourself, or bleed to death. Even a doula will recommend the most basic aspects of giving birth and postpartum care.

     
    DeeGreer said:
    Just read all of these pages. Holy shit. I knew to expect the fundal massage and not eating but I didn't realize a lot of the other terrifying things. Awesome information but definitely not bedtime reading material lol my imagination is in over drive. Freezer meals are genius because my boyfriend can't boil water. How soon after delivery did they make you start walking around? What about a shower!? I can imagine I'm going to be musty mess afterwards!
    They wanted me in bed as much as possible until the next day because of my blood pressure issues and bleeding. I wasn't allowed to shower until the next day either, because they were afraid with my BP I would pass out. So basically I was only allowed to get up and use the bathroom (gave birth at 1:45 PM and was allowed to do things the next day). I think for the most part with most postpartum care, they encourage you to move around, though.
    I'm an opinionated lurking lurker who lurks and offers advice and admonition as needed. You've been warned of my lurking nature.

    image

  •     
  • Just read all of these pages. Holy shit. I knew to expect the fundal massage and not eating but I didn't realize a lot of the other terrifying things. Awesome information but definitely not bedtime reading material lol my imagination is in over drive. Freezer meals are genius because my boyfriend can't boil water. How soon after delivery did they make you start walking around? What about a shower!? I can imagine I'm going to be musty mess afterwards!
    I gave birth around 9pm and I started walking around at 2 or 3am, I don't recall the exact time. I took a shower that evening but I had to wait for my IV to be removed, I was still on a pit drip for a few hours to help my uterus contract. If you have a csection it may even be another day before you are up and moving. They encourage you to walk around though, walking is very healing.

    2 c-sections, and both times nurses were in exactly 12 hours later to get me up and out of bed to start moving around. Just to get to the restroom and back to bed, but it's a start. They had to be there for my first 3 times getting up just to be careful, and then they just had me keep track of my urine output after that when I got myself up. It's amazing how much better you start to feel just by getting up and moving a little.
    TheGizzmo
  •     
  • YogaSandyYogaSandy member
    500 Love Its Third Anniversary 100 Comments Name Dropper
    edited May 2015

    I have a question. I'm sorry if this has been asked already, it's a very long thread lol. I've heard over and over again that it is wise to prepare freezer meals for when the baby comes. Is this assuming that the woman does most of the cooking and will be too tired/busy to do any cooking? I'm just wondering if this is something that I should plan for when the time comes because I'm one of those lucky wives whose DH does most of the cooking.

    Both of you will be too exhausted to function. Pre baby, I was someone who always needed a lot of sleep. I was so tired it physically hurt. There was never a point in my day I couldn't take a two hour nap (I didn't often, but def could). I had a million tests. Nothing ever showed up. My dad, brother, and grandpa are exactly the same. This is how I am now (DS is 19 months). Having this background with fatigue did nothing to prepare me. I COULD. NOT. FUNCTION. I was so completely exhausted the first two months. After that it wasn't quite as bad, but still awful. DS ate every two hours until like 8 months or more. Even at night. He didn't STTN until 14 months and it still isn't consistent. That first while, DH (or my mom) and I would just trade off and sleep. I would cry I was so exhausted. My kid also had colic, so that made nights even worse.

    Make the freezer meals. When I ran out of meals, I would eat whatever I could stuff in my mouth. Sometimes supper was cookies. Not often, but sometimes.
  •     


  • DeeGreer said:

    Just read all of these pages. Holy shit. I knew to expect the fundal massage and not eating but I didn't realize a lot of the other terrifying things. Awesome information but definitely not bedtime reading material lol my imagination is in over drive. Freezer meals are genius because my boyfriend can't boil water. How soon after delivery did they make you start walking around? What about a shower!? I can imagine I'm going to be musty mess afterwards!

    I gave birth around 9pm and I started walking around at 2 or 3am, I don't recall the exact time. I took a shower that evening but I had to wait for my IV to be removed, I was still on a pit drip for a few hours to help my uterus contract. If you have a csection it may even be another day before you are up and moving. They encourage you to walk around though, walking is very healing.



    2 c-sections, and both times nurses were in exactly 12 hours later to get me up and out of bed to start moving around. Just to get to the restroom and back to bed, but it's a start. They had to be there for my first 3 times getting up just to be careful, and then they just had me keep track of my urine output after that when I got myself up. It's amazing how much better you start to feel just by getting up and moving a little.

    I don't remember exactly how long before walking around. A short time after, I had to go pee. I got the nurse to come and help me. I passed out due to dehydration (posted about it somewhere above). Got an IV and didn't really get out of bed, except to pee for a long time. I did go learn how to bath DS (that's the only other time I remember walking) but that could have been the next day.

    Also, my doctor was British. He said he never wants to rush anyone home. He said in England mothers often stay at lest two nights, and I could if I wanted. Silly me wanted to go home and be a family. We left on Sunday. DH had to go back to work Thursday (and he often works out of town). So I wanted to go home. If you can - stay. The hospital is wonderful.
  • I was so annoyed when I gave birth to my last baby. When we got to the hospital, the nurses kept trying to turn me away because I didn't look like I was in enough pain and they told me I was having Braxton Hicks contractions instead. So finally they check me and I'm 6cm dilated and the fetal monitor is going crazy as it records my contractions.

    Regarding walking around after birth, I was up and walking within 30 minutes for my first two kids. I slept for a few hours after my third but got right up when I awoke. I had an epidural each time. The epidural helped with my first child when I tore. I didn't feel the doctor stitch me up too much. I was showered and changed after they took the pitocin IV out. The nurses are there to help make sure you can keep your balance after the epidural wears off. As good as I felt overall, my legs were shaky at first.

    The fundal massage isn't fun. It's boarder line painful but they only do it for a few minutes at a time.

    I did not want to stay in the hospital for very long. I found it hard to get any real rest there since someone is always poking you and asking tons of questions every 15 minutes. My roommate did not want to leave the hospital at all. Everyone is different. My youngest daughter was born this past January at 4am on a Saturday and I was discharged by 11am Sunday. I could've stayed until Monday like usual but I spoke to the doctors and we were in good health so they saw no problem with it at all.

    The process of giving birth can seem very overwhelming. But once you're in the thick of it, you kind of go on autopilot. You just want to get it done. You'll be surprised at the amount of pain you can withstand. If you don't want to manage the pain, don't feel badly at all about choosing to medicate. There are no medals for achievement here but you still get to take home a baby regardless.
    ChaoticWolfbrzvicepeonymay
This discussion has been closed.
Choose Another Board
Search Boards