I am currently trying to address some questions/fears I have about labor so I won't be so nervous this time around. Maybe you all can explain something to me?
I read all these birth stories about people delivering the placenta and it seems rather easy. Push and out it comes. However, when I gave birth to my son, I barely remember delivering the placenta. What I do remember is the doctor (I gave birth in a hospital) telling me that they had to make sure all of the placenta was out of me. So he had to clean me out, I guess...and that involved what felt like his entire hand inside me scraping me down. It really felt horrible. That was worse than anything I felt during labor, and (dont know if this is TMI, but anywho) really put me off sex for a while. I wanted NOTHING going in there ever again, lol. I'm scared of this part happening again, although if I am prepared for it, I won't be as shocked. I just remember saying afterwards, "WTF was that? I don't remember reading about that anywhere!"
My mom told me they did the same thing to her when she was in labor and that it was normal. But I haven't read any stories where people talk about this. Is this normal? Do I need to be scraped out after? What would be the need to do so? Is that why I might have bled so much after?
Any input would be much appreciated... thanks!