speaking of poop, I thought I'd chime in with some advice for anyone who might be having trouble - try okra! I've got three plants in my garden, and between roasting the small pods and stewing the big ones, I've had some just about every day since we came home a week and a half ago. I stopped taking the stool softeners I was prescribed several days ago (after tapering them for another few days before that), and things are as smooth as ever, haha! it doesn't seem to affect baby Oliver's poops either, which is a relief. and after several days of eating only hospital-available food and sleeping intermittently, it helped my husband get back on track too. so... okra! it's great.
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postpartum recovery thread - Page 4post #61 of 1418/2/13 at 1:41pmpost #62 of 1418/2/13 at 9:29pmJust thinking tonight of everyone in our DDC..you all have helped me so much, and I wish I had the words to express how much it means to me. I have felt so supported here , & the advice given was worth everything to me. I used to read it over&over but now my time.is more valuable & .it must be stored somewhere in my heart. So I am sending out a big thank you . Sometimes when i didnt know what to say or do, I always thought about what everyone said or thought of those keeping quiet also, as I was looking around me to others experiences as I created my own. So much going on inside me now, with my sweet baby by my side. I am so grateful for you all. I hope the best for everyone.post #63 of 1418/3/13 at 5:55amAnyone have experience with milk coming in late? I'm going on 8 days pp and no milk in sight yet. I've been supplementing with formula since Monday. First with a syringe, then a bottle, and now using SNS the last two days. I'm trying so hard to remain positive that the milk will actually arrive but it's very very hard. Would love to hear any positive experiences with this. Thanks.post #64 of 1418/3/13 at 9:52amThread StarterQuote:Originally Posted by harmonious
Anyone have experience with milk coming in late? I'm going on 8 days pp and no milk in sight yet. I've been supplementing with formula since Monday. First with a syringe, then a bottle, and now using SNS the last two days. I'm trying so hard to remain positive that the milk will actually arrive but it's very very hard. Would love to hear any positive experiences with this. Thanks.
hugs mama--i don't have any experience or knowledge to share--but wanted to send hugs.
inlove2009-- i had that sensation after my last birth and i figured it was some kind of prolapse--it took about 6 weeks to completely go away. just know that lots of people have changes with pregnancy and birth and it can completely go away with time and care. many say 6 months to a year is what it takes for things to completely get back into place, but hopefully it's not that long for you.
this time i have a different feeling--like a rubbing, but i am pretty sure my bladder and cervix are both low--it's getting better, but still not gone--i'm 3.5 weeks pp. i am going to acupuncture to help and doing www.hab-it.com video on pelvic floor to help. last time i didn't do anything except rest. this time i have a 2 year old to run after so i am not getting the rest that i did last time...
what have other moms done who have experienced some kind of prolapse?post #65 of 1418/3/13 at 8:11pmpost #66 of 1418/3/13 at 9:14pmYes, I'm pumping after feeding. I'm not getting anything but I am getting small amts of transitional milk from hand expression. I'm also taking fenugreek. It seems to be getting better, she'll nurse now without the formula tube without getting frantic, so it seems we're on the right track. As for me, I also started doing some affirmations, that the milk will come in, and nursing her with formula and the SNS is giving her more than just food.post #67 of 1418/4/13 at 1:59ampost #68 of 1418/4/13 at 5:28ampost #69 of 1418/5/13 at 6:48ampost #70 of 1418/5/13 at 10:17am
Here is the graphic I mentioned but maybe not on this thread? Has a visual of how much milk per feeding *most* babies actually need. We are so used to images of full bottles of formula, I think this gives nice perspective for those who are pumping...
Heyiyskalista- both Astragalus and Solomon Seal are herbs used for lifting prolapsed conditions. Solomon Seal can be used topically in a salve or oil and astragalus internally as powder or tea- both ok breast feeding. Id try three months of that and pelvic floor therapy before looking at surgery...
Have you seem this lady's website?
http://www.alignedandwell.com/katysays/4-fast-fixes-for-pelvic-floor-disorder/#sthash.dwqfsjox.nZx9KXpC.dpbspost #71 of 1418/5/13 at 10:26am3 weeks postpartum and I'm feeling almost like myself again! My pelvis is so so much happier, hemorrhoids settled down considerably, my back has sopped hurting after the extra 50 lb bowling ball/watermelon has been removed from my belly, a few days of heavier bleeding after total stoppage because I did too much... Going to attempt my first walk in what feels like months.
My body feels good. Could use some more sleep but I'll take what I have right now. Could be much much worse.post #72 of 1418/5/13 at 12:30pmpost #73 of 1418/5/13 at 7:10pm
Wrenmoon, Thank you!! I will look into the herbs and check out the website! I definitely don't want surgery. From what I can tell, its not too severe...things are just shifting (who can blame them after so many back to back pregnancies?!). My bleeding, while very slow, is still there are bright red. It was always gone at this point with my other pregnancies. I wonder if the two could be related! I've been waiting for the bleeding to stop to start my evening walks but its taking forever!!
Glad to hear you're feeling better (minus the too little sleep thing!). Enjoy your walk!!
Rainbownurse- YAY for pooping! The best feeling, eh?!
post #74 of 1418/5/13 at 10:51pmKalista, with my first, I bled bright red and steady, like heavy menstrual flow for six weeks. Then I had a big coughing fit (I picked up the flu at the hospital- yay :-/) and passed a bloodclot the size of a pancake! After that the bleeding stopped very quickly. I wonder if maybe you have a clot to pass too. It just sounds a lot like my experience. This time Im 12 days out and barely bleeding already. It's so different and I credit the D&C for the placenta removal. I think they thoroughly cleaned me out.post #75 of 1418/6/13 at 12:22amKalista, I have/had prolapse issues too. I even went to the hospital one evening while pregnant bc I had a BM and thought my cervix was falling out. Very scary and uncomfortable!! It's definitely a bit better now at 8w PP. I also had weird bleeding. I stopped by 6 days pp then at 2.5 weeks had this huge gush then off/on gushes until 6w almost. It SUCKED!! I don't have advice just wanted to say you are not alone!!post #76 of 1418/6/13 at 6:22ampost #77 of 1418/6/13 at 8:00ampost #78 of 1418/6/13 at 8:02ampost #79 of 1418/6/13 at 5:08pmQuote:
Are you a vegetarian?
If not, beef is especially good at bringing iron up.
I haven't had great luck with Floradix either but I have had success with a beet-based tablet that I think is made by garden of life. It's way cheaper than Floradix too.
Also liquid chlorophyll and nettle alfalfa tea.
Hair falling out can be hormonal too- adrenal exhaustion and/or thyroid crash, any previous issues with that? Could be rearing its head postpartum. I know sometimes the thyroid can go wonky after birth, and go borderline autoimmune. I would check in with your care provider about thyroid panel if iron doesn't resolve the tiredness.
Bone broth every day will help either of those. It would help period.post #80 of 1418/6/13 at 5:38pm
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