For those of us who have given birth, what's something you wish you could tell your end-of-pregnancy-miserable-self now that hindsight is 20/20? Uplifting stuff that you think might have cheered you up to hear before the birth.
I thought that some of you uncomfy mamas at the end of pregnancy would enjoy hearing some thoughtful tidbits of this sort & see if any of it helps at all.
Here's my 'good news tidbits' that I would have enjoyed hearing during my final weeks:
* Don't stress so much about feeding the freezer or post partum housework and meal prep in general, because I'm only on day 2 post partum and I actually enjoyed standing in the kitchen for twenty minutes assembling a dinner into the crock pot in the morning while my DF held the baby this morning, and it felt even great to empty the dishwasher and clean up in there, because I can pick up things off the floor and bend over and stand at the counter without a belly in my way. No big deal. Feels good to be up and moving around a bit, not trying to overdo it or anything, but I move around light on my feet like twinkle toes compared to earlier, so I don't know why I was freaking out about wanting to outsource all meal/domestic duties during this period when I feel fine, I can do my share. I feel human again! Of course everyone experiences post partum recovery differently, this is just my experience healing from a straight forward, uncomplicated vaginal birth.
* First poop can be fine. Psyllium husk powder mixed into water, prune juice, magnesium supplements, etc, can help but may not be necessary.
*Old piles from previous births may NOT be inflammed during the birth and you may get ZERO new hemorrhoids. Basically your crotch may come through the birth exactly fine, and besides some heavy bleeding and general tenderness, evacuation may go quite well after 12-24 hours (I even had 4 stitches but still, only the first pee burned, after that everything feels comfy down there!).
*You can lose a bazillion inches from your waistline in moments, and after 24 hours it can be an absolute transformation, not even looking pregnant anymore, just a bit fluffy in the middle, like a deflated balloon that isn't finished deflating yet. I was prepared to look pregnant for weeks (figured my previous fast recoveries was due to being in early twenties). I don't!
*Your older siblings might surprise you by the fierocity of how much and how fast they fall in love with their new baby sibling and it can be the loveliest thing you've ever witnessed.
Ok, I could go on with how awesome things become after pregnancy is over and baby is here, but I'll stop now and let someone else jump in. I know there aren't very many of us who can contribute to this yet, but the few of you who can, please fess up! And as the rest of you cross over to our side, contribute yours!