I didn’t know…

  • One side effect of getting an epidural is shivering, teeth clattering and your body shaking. I was shaking so badly.
  • After delivery, the swelling in your nether regions will be bad enough to move your anatomy to different places.
  • A hospital discharge requirement is that you be able to pee on your own…don’t take this for granted. Also don’t take for granted that you can hold your urge to pee.
  • Just because the stitches have dissolved and the wound is closed doesn’t mean the flesh under the stitches is healed. Careful how you get on and off soft surfaces…like your bed.
  • You will bleed for a month afterwards.
  • Choices like “Should I eat or sleep” will be about as complicated as things get….choose sleep by the way.
  • You show all the water you’ve retained with super swollen feet. Think club foot and cankles.
  • You will then lose a lot of water from your body post partum. Peeing & sweating tons. Tons. It could also be all the ginger I’m eating as part of the Chinese confinement diet.
  • Your hips will still be loose and wobbly…not sure how long it takes for the ligaments in your pelvis to return to normal.
  • Getting carpal tunnel is super common after having a baby from the stress of bending your wrists holding/carrying/burping/patting baby all the time. I don’t have it yet…but I can feel the soreness!
  • About cluster feeding….it’s where the baby is super hungry and feeds hourly for a stretch of time before finally going to sleep. It’s exhausting. But, I’m thankful she does this before midnight.
  • Between breast feeding, which burns a lot of calories a well as help your uterus return to its original size faster, in combination with sweating lots, I’d only be 8 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight….and have done nothing but eat, sleep, feed. Woohoo! BUT…I do have this soft belly that can almost be tucked into my pants.

Anything else you Moms learned after having a baby? =)

2 responses

  1. Yup. Hemorrhoids from pushing take a while to go away. But after you’ve gotten them, your more prone to get them. Even with the smallest issue.

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