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What I Wish I Had Known #1

>> Friday, November 4, 2011

Although I didn't take child birth classes or anything, I felt like I educated myself pretty well on pregnancy and childbirth reading books and articles online. There were some things that I still wasn't informed of, though, that I wish I'd known.

If I was asked which thing I wish I had known the most, just so I could prepare myself mentally, it would be that they will push and massage your stomach after birth to make sure there are no blood clots and to help the uterus contract and go back to it's normal size.

From my perspective, it was the most painful part of the birthing process. I think I may have cried when they did it, but ya know...it's all a blur. But I do so clearly remember how painful it was.

From what I've read online, some people say it isn't necessary. All I know is that they did it after both of my babies were born. I've also read that some people didn't think it was that painful, so I guess it's a matter of perspective or your level of pain tolerance (Although I did birth a baby with out an epidural, so I'd say my pain tolerance is pretty high.)

So there you have it. Now you can prepare yourself mentally for this part, a benefit I didn't have first time around. You're welcome.

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Jess (The Cozy Reader) November 4, 2011 at 6:49 AM  

That's a great piece of info for a new mother!

They did it with my first birth 7 years ago but not with my second 6 months ago. I did deliver at a different hospital with different doctors. I also remember them checking the "flow" after my first one too. While modesty is quickly lost during pregnancy I was hoping to reel it back in after delivery but not that time.

I must say my second birth was so much better than my first. I'd hope all births would be like my second! If I do have another child I'd be hoping for that delivery for sure! :)

Emily November 4, 2011 at 8:59 AM  

I didn't take a class either and I'm convinced I would've been able to push my baby out faster if they let me breathe more. ha.

They did massage my stomach after birth but it wasn't nearly as painful as back labor and the episiotomy.

Melissa November 5, 2011 at 1:47 PM  

Nobody told me about the "afterbirth" pains that happen while nursing.... or that with subsequent pregnancies they get monumentally more significant. After my last unmedicated birth, a 10+ pound baby facing the wrong way, delivered with forceps, I found myself BEGGING for an epidural 30 minutes before each time I nursed! I kept reminding myself, "skinny jeans, this is a good kind of pain" but man alive!!!

Carol,  November 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM  

OMG I still feel the pain too. I started to feel the pain as soon as the nurses walked on my room. I thought that was just my lucky. I had twins and after a c-section that was horrible. Just remember also the pain I felt when I was breastfeeding Oh boy. I'm pregnant again and I'll start prepare myself for the pain :/

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