^Branching off of the nursing pads thing- Bamboobies are the best freaking nursing pads ever. Even if you don't leak milk, you may find yellow crusty stuff on your nips too- that's colostrum and totally normal.
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@sammyl1221 I have 40Ks. I could only use the football hold, and had to 'double hand the sandwich' is what my LC called it. Something that is an issue is inverted nipples, and nipple size. You might have to use a shield for those.
@penelope4612 UO here, but I think maternity underwear are sent from heaven. I bought some when I was pregnant with DD and they were amazing! I got mine from Motherhood Maternity. They are low cut. I think most of them were the Jessica Simpson brand. They are super cute so it helped me to still feel pretty and not just like a beached whale. If you're going to buy them this early I would get a size larger than you typically would. It could just be me, but by the end of my pregnancy my butt seemed to have doubled in size.
Where did you buy maternity underwear and what type (fold over? Low cut?). I need some new underwear and don't want to invest in something to have to buy new underwear in a few months so thinking of picking up a few pairs now.
My afterbirth cramps were not bad at all, but I'm probably in the minority. I think I also just had postpartum euphoria from finally not being pregnant anymore. I didn't care what you threw my way; I was happy!
My lady bits, though, yea they hurt a bit. Every time I stood up, I felt immense pressure at my vagina like the rest of my organs were going to come sliding out of that big old hole now too. It got better over a week or so though. I will say that the pain made me not want to have any visitors initially. DH wanted to invite everyone over to see the baby, but I couldn't socialize while I felt like a patient with all that vaginal soreness. I needed a few hermit days to deal with it before I could see people.
Also, don't expect your vagina to look "pretty" again. After a month or so, I held a mirror down there and was horrified. Let's just say that sometimes parts of your labia minora get ripped off in the crossfire of a vaginal birth, and nobody mentions it because plenty of other crap is going on that's worse.
Lastly, I think it's been mentioned before, but sex after birth might hurt...a lot...even after the 6 weeks timeframe...even with a lot of lube. It took me maybe to 10 or 12 weeks to have good sex again. And at first I was really freaking out that I would never enjoy it again. It just takes time.