Most of the time when it comes to pregnancy or motherhood our friends and family love to share. They tell us about the sleepless nights and the leaking breast. They will even tell us about their birth experience.
What about postpartum? Do you honestly know what to expect?
I know I didn’t.
I stepped out of the shower and sat on the bed to brush my hair. My first thought is I’m going bald. As I ran my hand through my hair a glob of hair was in my hands. The more I touched my hair the more it fell out.
After pains and bleeding
You thought the worse pain was giving birth. Your friends might have forgotten to tell you about the after birth pains. As your body works to put all your organs back to their rightful location you will feel cramps and period like cramps. For some this pain is worse than giving birth.
Now the after birth bleeding can happen for weeks. Remember all those times you wish the week long cycle would end? You will be wishing that was all you had to deal with. This is where the adult diapers some in to aid in your recovery.
Waiting on the milk
The first thing I want to say is don’t freak out. If you are seeing pee and poop diapers the baby is eating. For some it may take a few days for your milk to come in but you have colostrum and that alone keeps the baby full. Trust me when your milk comes in you will remember my next few words. I went to bed normal with just my colostrum breast and woke up to rock hard breast and a shirt that looked like I was having a wet t-shirt contest.
I promise you I was not.
Just say YES!
The moment you post you gave birth your phone will start going off. All the text, phone calls and SOS messages asking to meet the baby. Say yes, tell them that in exchange for sleep, a clean house, a hot long shower or a meal they can visit. Take advantage of every single one of those visitors who want to get those baby cuddles in to calm their ovaries down.
Postpartum emotional changes
Remember those emotions you felt while pregnant? They may have even been the sign that you were pregnant, don’t be surprised if they return. It is NORMAL! Your body is going through so many changes at your hormone levels are dropping so fast that your body needs time to adjust.
Isn’t postpartum such a beauty? What is something you wish you had known? Follow us on Facebook to join the conversation.