lol, newyorkmommy. this is all very true for me.
Originally Posted by newyorkmommy
yellowdart -- Most of the symptoms you mentioned will probably recede really soon; the heartburn, the swelling, the various aches and pains. Sometimes in pregnancy I think we shift our weight and begin to carry ourselves differently, which in turn can lead to *different* aches and pains once we deliver, but for the most part I think things balance out again fairly quickly.
No way of telling how you'll do as far as healing "down there," or if you have a c-section that's a different thing (though I would say even my experience there has not been nearly as bad as some I've read about -- just follow your doc's instructions to a T and take it *slooooooooooooowly!*
As for the belly -- I have to say that was the biggest shocker of all. I was completely unprepared for how poochy and mushy it would be (and for how long), and one thing no one really mentions is how your belly being so big can make the rest of you look small by comparison ... so when the belly goes away I'm always like, "Oooooh, so *that's* where all those bagels and cream cheese went. Everywhere but my belly!"
You also may have night sweats for a little while, and other random delights.
For me, the bottom line this time is, quite frankly, to try my best to take excellent care of myself nutritionally and to not really look in the mirror (not under bright lights, anyway) for a week or two. Not that there's anything wrong with looking, just saying it can be alarming and really, I have better things to do -- like sleep!
I had uncomplicated vaginal deliveries with no interventions. Most of the pregnancy-related symptoms go away quickly. BUT.
I had lots of sweating and some edema PP (never had it pregnant). Lots of thirst and hunger. Like crazy ravenous hunger more than I ever felt pregnant. Second time around I knew to have plenty of healthy snacks available. I could not sleep comfortably on my belly due to engorged breasts for several months with the first, with the second, that resolved much more quickly.
My mom lined under my bed sheets with towels- and I slept on some more flat dipes and stuff. For me... my breasts leak (I wear a bra with disposible pads even to bed), you are bleeding, and I also was sweating a lot. Its a moist situation in bed for sure. And baby is a pee-and-poop factory too.
Hips are still loose for a while, and while I like to get up and walk around pretty quickly, definitely you will not feel yourself. Taking it slow is good- listen to your body.
As for soreness and swelling "down there"... I had a minor tear and stitches the first time, nothing that required stitches with the second. Still it took a while to feel "normal". With my second the MWs had my mom cook up a HUGE pot of PP herbs which we strained and kept in the fridge. Then I would make a peri-bottle with half hot water and half herb wash, and use that every time I went to the bathroom. It helped so much! Once that ran out, I still used the peri bottle with warm water, and with about 1/5 of it hydrogen peroxide. I think I did that about a week and I swear it helped with the healing greatly.
I think a couple of companies make pre-mixed herbal remedies for post-partum bath, but here is the "recipe" my previous MWs gave me which I will probably try to have on hand for this pregnancy too: 1 oz. each of Comfrey Leaf, Comfrey Root, Rosemary Leaf, Calendula and Lavendar, 1/2 oz. of Golden Seal root, a garlic bulb and sea salt.