Honestly I think continued bleeding at 4 weeks is normal. I had a D&C, so my bleeding was less than it normally would have been, but I was still having light bleeding/discharge at 4 weeks. Also, taking Dahlia's comment into account, the clit thing sounds normal, because I've been experiencing that too. It would just throb and feel overstimulated anytime I stood for more than a few minutes. That feeling has reduced a lot, but it's still slightly there at almost 8 weeks PP. My perineum is still healing too. It still feels firm and somewhat numb/strange feeling. It is what it is. It's slowly getting better.
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Post-partum check in here! - Page 11post #202 of 32812/2/13 at 5:30pmpost #203 of 32812/2/13 at 6:30pmHad my one month post partum today! It went great except for the fact my son accidentally took my diaper bag to school! It's a dark backpack style one and he has a black back pack at school, so when he jumped out of the car he grabbed the wrong thing... Which I didn't notice until I tried to pay a parking meter 30 minutes later at my appt. anyways long story short I ended up having to beg for quarters from a stranger and my sweet baby screamed almost the entire appt because she was hungry (she won't take the breast so I pump and bottle feed, bottle was in the diaper bag). But I love my dr, he just scooped her up and cuddled her while she howled and told me how beautiful she was and all that jazz. Gosh i looooove my dr. And the best part of the appt was that he told me the crazy mean nurse I had during delivery was fired! Yay! I guess I wasn't the only one who she was mean to.
Things definitely aren't back to normal downstairs for me either yet. But that's okay. I think some pain and bleeding at 4 weeks is very normal.post #204 of 32812/2/13 at 9:28pm
superbeans - oh no! What a comedy of errors, lol! I would have panicked myself, I haven't nursed yet in public and I'm not sure I'd want to start out like that for my first time, although the doctor's office is better than the mall or some place like that. :) I still give pumped bottles when we go out, although we mostly nurse at home.
slammerkin - I also still get the throbbing thing if I've been walking a good amount that day. My particular lingering issue (besides peeing a bit when I sneeze once a week or so - that's gotten WAY better with kegels but it's still not 100%) is my hips. My right hip is still not fused back where it should be, I had some massive separation that started during my pregnancy and still isn't right.
I also was still spotting at 4 weeks PP. I think that really varies from woman to woman.post #205 of 32812/3/13 at 3:22pmpost #206 of 32812/4/13 at 5:33pmpost #207 of 32812/4/13 at 5:58pm
My husband and I were just talking about this. We still haven't tried sex, and I'm 7 weeks pp.. I'm just too nervous still, plus still having a tiny bit of discharge. I'd prefer to not have any more postpartum discharge, just because I feel so not sexy with it going on. I'm sorry it ended up being painful for you! :(post #208 of 32812/4/13 at 7:05pm
We haven't tried sex yet either and I'm 8 weeks PP. I'm thinking maybe this weekend or next week. I have my shiny new diaphragm and have spermicide and new lube arriving in the mail tomorrow. I'm nervous, but I do want to try. My husband subscribes to a weekly email from http://www.lucieslist.com/ and I think the six-week email talked about PP sex - it said that the average time couples manage to have successful sex for the first time is 11.5 weeks, frequently with painful/unsuccessful attempts before then.post #209 of 32812/4/13 at 8:49pm
7 weeks pp here. Feeling well physically. Emotional rollar coaster and ppd. I had the blues with my first but its more intense this time. Very weepy and anxious and overwhelmed everyday. Im doing all I can to work through it and just enjoy my squish as much as possible. Its been harder to bond with this baby. Breastfeeding and babywearing have been much more difficult and so has co cosleeping. I hope this gets better soon.post #210 of 32812/4/13 at 9:04pmUntilForever,
I feel you. PPD has hit me this week. I went to my naturopath today and got some herbs and will meet with my therapist next week. I realized I need help because I am being so mean to DS1. :'-( I just have no patience. It's awful and I so understand.
The good news is your LO is totally darling. Hang in there! HUGS
Daliapost #211 of 32812/5/13 at 5:53am
I've been and am in the PPD boat with both of you. I sought help when I got ridiculously irritated and angry with my middle son one day a couple of weeks ago. I had had days sort of like that before, but this one was over the top, and I knew I needed help.
We've gone the natural path with treatment, with lots of exercise and physical contact and homeopathic remedies. I was actually prescribed pit viper venom. That made me smile.
You are not alone! And it will pass. I'm already feeling a teensy bit better, and I'm hoping the depression and anxiety will ease a little more as Jasper moves out of this colicky/extremely fussy stage that he's in. It's hard to think positively and move beyond the PPD when I'm being screamed at for hours on end in the middle of the night. *sigh* Oh babies.post #212 of 32812/5/13 at 7:23am
PPD sounds awful.... when does that typically hit? I definitely had the baby blues from about day 3-10, but it went away thank god. Im reallly hoping to dodge the PPD... i just have one baby and I don't have to go back to work or have any additional stresses like that so I'm feeling grateful and hoping that prevents it... almost 5 weeks postpartum now.
otoh... i got my medical records from the hospital and i'm a little enraged. They gave me pitocin even though I explicitly said NO PITOCIN, and it's even written in the dr's notes that I refused it but they gave it to me anyway- I was fully conscious and interactive the whole time I was there so they just put it in my IV against my refusal. There as no medical reason for it.. other than the dr. wanting to hurry up and go home on saturday night (She was on call). oh yeah and in all caps in the diagnosis section they wrote "failed homebirth". and a slightly less serious grievance I have against the hospital people is that they charged us for two vials of mineral oil (that they used to rub all over my vag and baby's head) even though when the baby was crowning and I heard the word mineral oil I said NO MINERAL OIL USE WARM COMPRESS ON MY PERINEUM. I was very explicit in what I wanted/didn't want- and they went against that and did it anyway. feels really violating.post #213 of 32812/5/13 at 9:10ampost #214 of 32812/5/13 at 9:19am
5 weeks pp today, havent had the time to really check in though Ive been reading how everyone else is doing. Still adjusting to having 2 kids now and it sure isnt easy! How do you Moms do it who have multiples? When does this get easier??? Still having troubles nursing now and again, still having our fussy evenings, I have less and less time with my 2 and a half yr old, really miss putting him to bed since his Dad took over that and there are times he really needs me when I simply cant be there the way he wants me. I feel us growing apart and it scares me....not sure what to do but wait this out and know that Izell is growing so fast and this is such a short time in our lives, as soon as things change and get easier there will just be other challenging obstacles around the corner.post #215 of 32812/5/13 at 9:53amI'm thinking of all of you dealing with ppd. I've had a couple days that ended in tears but for the most part I've been okay.
Irielyn- I'm in the same boat of trying to figure put how to be a present and effective parent to two now. It is so overwhelming most days and every tearful breakdown I've had has been directly related to that. The other day ds1, who has been sick, had explosive diarrhea on the bathroom floor about 40 minutes before my husband was due home from work. He was crying uncontrollably because he was so upset about going in his pants and on the floor and my fumbling attempts to clean him and eveything up while porter was screaming in the other room brought me to the edge. I knew it would be too long to wait for DH's help and I just had to deal. I love watching porter grow through all these stages but I'm also so anxious for when he is a bit less helpless and I can give both boys more equal attention.
Well, I thought I was having my period last week (at 8 weeks) but it was just spotting that went away after a couple days. Don't know what that was all about. Lochia stopped weeks agopost #216 of 32812/6/13 at 5:16ampost #217 of 32812/6/13 at 5:56pmI have had severe ppd this time. I have been reading but not replying lately. I am getting proffessional help. Not doing meds just yet. But the ppd has been very bad From week three. Somedays just sitting and sobbing and barely functioning. Feeling like Ive wronged my two yo. Feel like we are not as Close anymore and I feel like im not there for my new baby enough. It was such a smooth and easy preg and birth but the postpartum time has been so rough. Having a hard time adjusting to having two babies too. But here is a happy pic of me tandem babywearing both! Love it.post #218 of 32812/6/13 at 7:42pmUntilForever I totally know what you mean about adjusting to having two babies. I feel so conflicted all the time about dividing my attention between DS1 and DS2. I knew I needed help when I totally snapped at my 4yo. It's happened more than once. All I can say is HUGS to all you ladies that are suffering.post #219 of 32812/7/13 at 1:00amI still feel ptsd when remembering how hard it was when my second child was born. It was an awful time since I had no help, a workaholic partner, no breaks. I was hating my life, lots of tears, missing the nice relationship I had with my first child, feeling stretched thin, wishing to luxuriate in the loveliness of my new baby but never having time just alone with him to gaze and bond. I'm sending tons of empathy to you ladies going through this. Unless there is a very big age gap, a second baby is such a huge adjustment, and it's miserable at times. Multiple small children is just such a tough juggling act for mom-nothing like just having one. I remember looking at women with only one child wondering what they got to do during naps and feeling jealous! The sibling squabbles are pretty awful too.
All that considered, a sibling is the best gift you can give your child. After we are gone, they will still have family, someone in their life who share all the lifetime memories... And as an only child I know how lonely that can be when there are no kids to play a board game or pretend games with. My mom was very attentive but I craved other children pretty badly.
So it's tough, very tough for months, and still challenging for years to come, but you do get better and better at it, and once they start playing together it's pretty heartwarming. at that point you can't imagine your family any other way.post #220 of 32812/7/13 at 7:00amAgreed, Serafina! After DS2 was born, DS1 had a very hard time adjusting. He ignored me for a while, which was heartbreaking! He ignored his brother for months. Things got better. It took time and it was hard, but our relationship recovered and those two boys have one of the closest and sweetest relationships I've ever seen between siblings...they still have their quarrels, but they love each other to bits. I didn't think DS3 was having a problem adjusting to Ivy, but I was wrong. He adores her and is still very affectionate with me, but recently he's been more difficult than usual. I'm hoping that soon I'll have more time to spend with him instead of just the odd cuddle on the couch when my arms are free. I miss him.
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