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6 Surprising Things That Happened After Delivery{birth} by JOKLEVIZ(m): 3:44pm On May 19, 2013
6 surprising things that happen after delivery{birth}

For nine months, we pay careful
attention to taking good care of
our bodies and unborn child. We
decorate the nursery, make sure
we have all the gear, take
birthing classes, and mentally
prepare ourselves as best we can
for the grueling hours that we
will spend in labor and delivery.
But what a lot of people don't
talk about is the things that
happen after the baby has
arrived. Sure, we all know that
there will be sleepless nights,
nervous moments wondering if
we're doing things right, and
there's a good chance we won't
be getting anything done beyond
taking care of the baby, but what
about the things your girlfriends
aren't telling you? Warning: Most
of this is not pretty.
1. Insignificant Weight Loss. You
just gave birth to an eight pound
baby, a placenta, and a whole lot
of fluids left your body. You must
have lost at least half the baby
weight you gained, right?
Wrong! Do not, I repeat, DO NOT
step on a scale for several weeks.
It seems like a fun thing to do to
see how much weight you just
shed after giving birth, but your
body is hormonal, other parts of
it are getting bigger (i.e. your
milk is coming in), and you'll still
be retaining a lot of fluid. It takes
several days for your body to
shed all the extra water weight
and fluids you've been carrying
so not only will you not have lost
as much weight as you'd think
yet, but you'll be carrying it very
differently than if you just packed
on an extra ten pounds. You
aren't going to like the reflection
you see in the mirror when you
step out of the shower, and
stepping on the scale is not
going to do anything to make
you feel better so it's best to just
stay away.
2. bosom Pain. Many women
expect bosom feeding to be
painful, but there is more to it
than just the latching on and
even if you don't breastfeed, be
prepared to be in pain as they
engorge. As in, do-not-so-much-
as- accidentally-brush-a-tissue-
lightly-across-my-chest pain.
Things like sinking into a bath
will be much easier than dealing
with the pain of the drops of
water from the shower. The
easiest way to handle it if you
aren't breastfeeding is to wrap
them up as tightly as possible
until the milk comes and goes.
Otherwise, the pain will ease up
in some ways and become worse
in others. Stock up on lanolin.
3. Bleeding. I don't know why
this was surprising to me other
than that nobody ever really
talked about it. But if you give
birth vaginally, there is bound to
be some bleeding. There are lots
of things internally and possibly
externally that are going to need
to heal and it's not necessarily
going to happen quickly. Be
prepared to spend anywhere
from a few days to a few weeks
healing, and don't bother
packing those pretty panties you
think you'll want to wear when
you get released from the
hospital. The hospital will provide
you with plenty of less than
attractive, but functional, pairs.
4. Bathroom Complications.
Sure, no one wants to talk about
the potty, and it certainly varies
from one person to the next, but
most people are going to be
dealing with it on some level
whether it be hard to get to the
loo on time because your mucles
have weakened, you're holding a
newborn, and happened to
sneeze -- or you are having the
opposite problem. Whether you
want them or not, there's a good
chance your doctor is going to
be sending you home with
things like Tuck's pads and stool
softeners.
5. You Can't Drive. This is not the
case for everyone, but many
doctors will say that new
mothers should not drive for at
least two weeks. This is definitely
the case for those that have a C-
section or any other procedure
as part of their delivery such as
an episiotomy. Doctors consider
these major surgeries and don't
want to risk you being behind
the wheel when a stitch bursts
or another complication arises in
addition to worrying about
delayed response time or knee-
jerk reactions that could create a
problem. In my personal opinion,
it's completely inconvenient, but I
also think that there were many
times in the first year (never
mind two weeks) of my
daughter's life that I shouldn't
have been behind the wheel
because of the lack of sleep I was
getting.
Nobody ever said giving birth
was easy, but there are certainly
a lot of parts people like to leave
out when discussing it. The good
news is that even though you
will dread these things when
you're in the thick of them, they
will indeed become a distant
memory. And the best news is
that every single ounce of pain
and discomfort is so worth it
every time you hold your baby.
And that's why so many of us do
it over again!

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Re: 6 Surprising Things That Happened After Delivery{birth} by angelTI(f): 3:57pm On May 19, 2013
insightful post.hope to av my baby soon
Re: 6 Surprising Things That Happened After Delivery{birth} by Yvete(f): 4:49pm On May 19, 2013
Great read!
Re: 6 Surprising Things That Happened After Delivery{birth} by Temismith: 8:00pm On May 19, 2013
Thanks @ op, i was looking for d 6th point.
Re: 6 Surprising Things That Happened After Delivery{birth} by Nobody: 11:38pm On May 19, 2013
Good to know...for when wifey shows up, that is. smiley

Nice one, op
Re: 6 Surprising Things That Happened After Delivery{birth} by JOKLEVIZ(m): 3:24am On Sep 10, 2013
Ihedinobi: Good to know...for when wifey shows up, that is. smiley

Nice one, op
hope vry soon
Re: 6 Surprising Things That Happened After Delivery{birth} by JOKLEVIZ(m): 3:24am On Sep 10, 2013
angel TI: insightful post.hope to av my baby soon
hw soon mr.man

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