What’s the big deal about keeping secrets? Why aren’t there more woman talking about what they experience after giving birth? Well, I am here to share my experience. While it was the best time of my entire life, it was also the worse. Everything postpartum sucked and wasn’t a walk in the park and it lasted for some time but it does get better and soon you’ll be able to do all your normal stuff again.
1. After pain
I didn’t realise that I would experience any pain after giving birth. The after pain contractions for me were worst than the ones I experienced during labour. I took pain tablets but it didn’t help relieve the pain. Every time I breastfed I would feel strong pains in my stomach and around my lower back. It was just so painful. I cried a lot. You’re uterus will also been shrinking back to size and this causes “contraction” like pains too.
2. Engorged Breasts
I didn’t know that when my milk came in my breasts would get really hard and really painful. I cried a lot too. Just remember to express as much as you can and massage your breasts while having hot showers. You’re boobs will go back to normal (mostly) eventually and you will feel fine again.
3. Using the toilet
As gruesome as it might sound I was really scared to pass stool. Yip, lucky number 2. It was really strange trying to push! Everything down there was just so sensitive. I made sure I ate foods high in fiber and used a stool (not poop) to step on while on the toilet to help ease the pressure.
It’s not easy. I thought it would come naturally but it was really challenging for me. I didn’t know that my milk would only come in a few days later so I was pretty stressed that my baby wasn’t getting enough milk. Also, getting the “latch” correct is so important something I didn’t know. I always assumed that the baby sucked on the nipple but they shouldn’t – and I learnt that the hard way! I would definitely recommend getting a lactation consultant. Breastfeeding also takes a lot of patience and perseverance to achieve.
5. Belly line
I thought it would disappear afterI gave birth but it didn’t so if you have this dark line on your tummy then get use to it because even after birth it will stick around for a while. Mine has only just faded and it’s been almost 11 months.
There are a lot more things that woman experience postpartum but I’ve only touched on the things I didn’t expect and things that no one told me. If you want an extended list then let me know and I will write one up!
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