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post #81 of 99
I got up and walked to the bathroom a few hours after birth. Err, rather, I hobbled to the bathroom. I was very weak and tired because I had been laboring all day on very little sleep, had pushed for a long time, and my tailbone had broken so I was in tremendous pain from that. I did manage an old-lady shuffle though. I spent the next week in bed, only getting up to hobble to the bathroom. I couldn't stand up for a shower, I had to lay down in the tub.

It struck me as funny because I was in the same shape after my C-section, barely able to walk (once the meds wore off and they took out my cath, that is!), and I was expecting different after having a natural birth, sicne I had heard of women getting up and walking around like nothing happened! Boy was I wrong!
post #82 of 99
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Originally Posted by liliaceae View Post
With my first birth I had an epidural, so I had to stay in bed for a while after I gave birth. If you have a natural birth, should you take it easy and lie down for a while afterward, or can you get up and get moving immediately?
I was up almost as soon as the doctor finished stitching me up and left. I had to pee, lol, dh didn't think it was a good idea I didn't see the issue, I was fine.
post #83 of 99
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Originally Posted by Kidzaplenty View Post
I have been shoping the day of giving birth. But I am a strange one.
well, lol, now that I think about it, I don't really like shopping under the best of circumstances, maybe that why its hard for me to imagine doing that first thing off the bat with my brand new baby.
post #84 of 99
I had to walk from the birth tub to the bed (OUCH and DREADFUL!). Then after getting stitched up, they made me (mean midwives) go to the bathroom. But I did tear and that's probably why it hurt so much!
post #85 of 99
Well...uh...I had a natural birth -- a waterbirth at home. I did not know I was in labor until transition hit (at which point I thought I was dying), so my labor+birth took about 2 hours (probably less) from awareness to delivery.

During the time directly before transition, I went out shopping, ate lunch at a restaurant, etc. etc. Man, was I clueless!

After the birth, I cooked dinner for everyone (self, partner, midwife & her assistant). It did not occur to me at that time to take it easy and rest.
post #86 of 99
Within an hour after the birth (after the midwives cleaned up) I went to take a shower and use the bathroom. I was dizzy and lightheaded as though I had the flu, but otherwise fine. I had honestly expected to feel a lot worse after childbirth than I did.
post #87 of 99
You can walk around pretty much as soon as you feel up to it. After I had my son a lactation consultant came in to try to breastfeed. I tried to walk a little after that, but had bad pains in my vagina. I had a bloodclot and had to have surgery for it, so I didn't do any walking until the next day, bright and early.
post #88 of 99
after I was stitched up and nursed my babe, I walked to the bathroom. The wanted me to pee before moving me to my pp room. It was probably about 45 min later. I could completely move around, just a bit lightheaded... but that's how I get when I'm excited - my bp drops and my breathing rate slows... so they wanted me up and about.

But truthfully, maybe because I had a 2nd degree tear, it took 2w before I could walk my normal 'fast' pace to the mailbox... maybe I was a bit of a wimp... but it was such a weird sensation and I didn't know if I would tear the stitches, etc...
post #89 of 99
I stood up and walked to the bed as soon as I had toweled dd off. I felt fine just hungry and tired (it was really late). I kept walking and getting up trying to push the placenta out and the MW couldn't believe it and wanted me to go rest. I don't have stairs but walking was no problem... sitting was what was hard the first few days.
post #90 of 99
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Originally Posted by misswerewolf View Post
Well...uh...I had a natural birth -- a waterbirth at home. I did not know I was in labor until transition hit (at which point I thought I was dying), so my labor+birth took about 2 hours (probably less) from awareness to delivery.

During the time directly before transition, I went out shopping, ate lunch at a restaurant, etc. etc. Man, was I clueless!

After the birth, I cooked dinner for everyone (self, partner, midwife & her assistant). It did not occur to me at that time to take it easy and rest.

That's so funny. I knew I was in early labor but I still ate lunch at a restaurant, ran errands, picked up dinner, etc. too.
post #91 of 99
It was probably about 15 minutes or so after my first baby, less than that after my second (btwn 5 & 10), but more than 24 hours after my twins b/c I had pph that time and couldn't walk w/o feeling like I was going to vomit/pass out, but that's not a typical thing (unless you have pph). It's good for you to get up and walk after the birth too - helps you get rid of blood clots and all.
post #92 of 99
I walked to the bathroom maybe 20 min or so after the baby was born. I had one of those absorbant sheets between my legs, they wanted to have me urinate but I couldn't (because I probably had already peed myself), I was wheeled to the postpartum room, but I got up to use the bathroom pretty soon after, maybe an hour or so, changed my pad and "underwear," and yearned for a shower.
post #93 of 99
I got up to pee about 20 mins after the birth (I had to be stitched a bit) and took a shower about an hour after. No drugs, natural birth.
post #94 of 99
All of mine were born in early AM hours, so I hadn't slept yet (except for the 4 hour nap I took in the midst of my second birth). Even so, I was totally energized by the births, and able to do what I felt like. With my first (hospital birth), I was too absorbed with DS to go anywhere for the first 45 minutes or so, but I hopped right up and went to the bathroom as soon as I felt the urge, then got a nice, long shower when he fell asleep at about 2 hours PP.

With my second, I was in a birthing center, and I got up to use the bathroom about 10 minutes after DS arrived, then spent the next couple hours snuggling him with DH. Once they both fell asleep, though, I took a nice bath, made a bunch of phone calls and packed up our stuff so we could leave as soon as they woke up. The nurses thought I was a riot, be-bopping happily around the room while my husband slept.

With my third, I was home and birthed in a tub. The water was too cold for the baby, so I stood up within 2-3 minutes of his arrival and walked across the room to a couch. I wasn't shakey or anything after any of my births, just much more absorbed in looking at my baby than taking a stroll.
post #95 of 99
Immediately after, I couldn't move. My muscles had done all they could, to the point where I could not even unsquat to sit down. Reminded me exactly of running a marathon.

But a couple hours later, I was really tired but still able to walk around and move. I slept all day/all night (well not solidly... I did have a baby haha).

Then the next day I was able to go out and about. I think the first week PP was actually crazy busy...I visited my family, DH's family, the ped, the hospital, went grocery shopping....now that I think about it...I had this weird feeling like our home was a cave and I had to get out. I wonder if it was b/c labored for 3 solid days inside.
post #96 of 99
I was literally bouncing off the walls after my first was born. I was up and walking around before I delivered the placenta (I don't remember it feeling strange, but it was my first, so I didn't know what I was supposed to feel). My partner yelling "Tanya, come back here! You haven't delivered the placenta yet!" is something I'll never forget. I ended up delivering the placenta on the bathroom floor, lol. Then I showered, dressed, and insisted we take the baby over and show her to some friends. I actually wanted to walk over (it was only 6 blocks) but my partners insisted on driving me. So I was over at my friend's within two hours of giving birth.

My second birth (twins) knocked me out. I lost a LOT of blood. It took a couple of days before I stopped feeling light-headed everytime I stood up. I was back to normal within four or five days, though.

I was an emotional wreck after my third birth, but could probably have done the same things I did after my first if I'd had the motivation.

I was up within five minutes of having Jesse and Davin, then drove my older twins to gymnastics the next afternoon. The reactions of the people at the gym when they found out I'd given birth 15 hours ago were amusing. I particularly loved the other mothers asking me when I'd gotten out of the hospital. Me (looking very confused): "Why would I have been in the hospital? I wasn't sick."

My births are relatively quick, though, and I've never torn, so I'm sure that plays a part in how fast I'm back on my feet.
post #97 of 99
I was able to walk around the house immediately, but ended up having to have a spinal block & manual placenta removal, so was in bed for maybe six hours after that.

The thing that surprised me on our first trip out of the house (seven days pp, normally a 10 minute walk to the local supermarket) was how sore my pelvic floor was! I could, and did, walk that far, but it hurt!
post #98 of 99
I stayed in bed for a bit, holding my naked little baby and nursing for the first time, but I imagine I *could* have walked right after (although my legs were shaky). After I got stitches (I had two tears - one in my perineum, one horizontal one in my labia), I walked to the toilet (with the nurse, who showed me how to use the little water bottle for cleaning) and back to the bed. Honestly, I felt better walking around just then than I did in the next few days. If I hadn't had the tears and stitches, I would've felt good otherwise, though. I shuffled along for a couple of days, but by 3-4 days afterward, I could go on short walks, shopping, etc.
post #99 of 99
I had a natural birth in a hospital and was up and walking around (and showering) within an hour of giving birth. The nurses were didn't believe I had just had a baby lol.
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