You took the childbirth classes and read all the pregnancy books. You have your birth plan written up and the nursery is all set up and ready for your new baby.But have you looked into what will go on with you and your body during your postpartum journey?
I really didn’t, and I wish I would have. I spent so much time researching and preparing for the actual birth and for how to care for baby, that what would go on with me postpartum never really ever crossed my mind. And it turns out, they don’t cover it in most childbirth classes either.
Things happened postpartum that I never would have imagined; Most of them, not so pleasant. Here are 8 postpartum secrets that no one tells you about and a little insight to my postpartum journey.
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1.) Your hair may fall out (and not just from your baby pulling on it all the time). It may start to fall out at 1 month postpartum or maybe not until 7 months postpartum.
2.) Your first time “back in the sack” might be the most frightening time besides your very first time. Even if you get the “okay” at your 6 week checkup, it may not be for AWHILE after that when you are actually ready for it emotionally. Turns out, breastfeeding kills your sex drive. Your husband may not understand this at first, and he might take it personally. Try to prepare him through daddy baby books, classes, and support groups.
3.) You’re going to have the longest “period” of your life after giving brith. Are you enjoying those 9 months without aunt ruby? Soak it in because you’re about to bleed for a month straight. Fun right? :/
4.) If you breastfeed, you’re actual period may not return for quite some time. Some women don’t get their period until baby is fully weaned, while other women aren’t so lucky and it returns within the first few months. Mine returned at 10 months postpartum while baby was still breastfeeding.
By the way, just because you’re breastfeeding and not having a period, doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant. Do not rely on breastfeeding as a form of contraception.
5.) You may wake up multiple times a night for months sweating balls. I thought menopause was the only time you got hot flashes; guess not. Your husband will probably think you’re crazy having him change the thermostat a million times.
6.) You may have craved too much calcium throughout pregnancy, and now your body is left over with the excess and you get the luxury of winding up back in the hospital with kidney stones.
I will definitely take the pain of child birth again over kidney stones. At least with child birth, you get breaks in between contractions. With kidney stones, it’s just constant, excruciating pain. Not fun.
7.) If you thought the swelling was bad during pregnancy, just wait. A few days after birth, all that retained water you collected during pregnancy will start to migrate down to your legs and feet. Now you really won’t be able to get your shoes on.
8.) I never knew going to the bathroom could be such a difficult, painful task. It may take you hours until you are finally able to pee after giving birth. Load up on a good, preferably natural, stool softener, because guess what; It’s extremely difficult to poop too.
Everyone’s postpartum journey is different, and some of these things may not ever happen to you. But I hope these 8 secrets of my postpartum journey will help you be more prepared for yours.
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