This is for all my soon to be mommies out there. Now I’m sure by now you know there’s absolutely no way of preparing you enough to send you into the delivery room with 100% confidence, BUT hopefully, by the end of this post, you’ll feel a bit more ready. Not only does everyone have different experiences, but they can also be very unpredictable and things can easily change in an instant. But, regardless, this is to help you soon to be moms in the best way I can. During my pregnancy, I also read tons of articles online to gain as much knowledge possible about what was about to happen before, during, and after giving birth. I realized soon afterwards there were some things I never read about that happen to me after giving birth. I believe some of these things would have been nice to know before hand. So now I’m sharing them with you to help ease your mind a bit.
- If you decide to get an epidural anytime during your labor know that you will have to lie down perfectly still for the anesthesiologist to do their job. When you finally receive the epidural it may take 10-20 minutes before it finally kicks. It actually feels pretty nice because you get a supercold tingly sensation down your whole back, kinda cool.
- Right after giving birth to your baby and after delivering the placenta your nurses will begin pushing down on your belly to help shrink the size of your uterus which can be very painful. They do this throughout your entire time at the hospital so don’t be surprised.
- Once your epidurals removed you will get EXTREMELY itchy all over your back and legs. It’s really bad, it feels like you’re breaking out in hives and since I had no idea this was a symptom I thought something was wrong until the nurse assured me it was completely normal. I also had my mom there as my personal back scratcher lol.
- Also after having the epidural removed, they wait a while till they get you back on your feet, for obvious reasons. BUT you may experience really bad shivers afterward, which again is also normal.
- If you’re planning to breastfeed exclusively just know that if you send your baby to the nursery he/she will be away no longer than an hour or an hour and a half. Newborns stomachs are the size of a cherry at birth, so they need to eat often. I say this just so you’re well prepared that you’ll be getting little to no rest. Nurses and doctors are also constantly coming in and out of your room, no matter how late or early it may be.
- You also will still be having contractions, as your uterus tries to go back to its normal size. Of course, these aren’t as painful, but you may be offered drugs to help ease you with the pain.
- Again, I can’t emphasize enough. You will be getting little to no sleep.
- Diaper ice packs will be your lifesaver! They feel absolutely amazing so make sure you use them! You can even make some at home, so you can have them ready for when you come back home from the hospital. I personally used this DIY that I found on Pinterest https://prettyprovidence.com/diy-padsicles-postpartum/ They are super easy and fast to make. Personally, I used these products.
- Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera, 12 oz
Amara Organics Aloe Vera Gel from Organic Cold Pressed Aloe, 8 fl. oz.
- Not going to lie, going to the bathroom for the next couple of weeks will be such a hassle. What once took you one minute to pee will easily turn into the very least ten.
Remember, you just did something absolutely incredible and beautiful with your body, you brought life into this world. Don’t over push yourself, you need time to rest and recover. Take it day by day and don’t be afraid to take your family/friends offers of helping you for the next days, weeks or months to come.