Originally Posted by Lula's Mom
See, now, I thought there was something wrong with me because of this! I complained to my midwife at a postpartum visit that I smelled like a damn cat-box, and she didn't know what to say!
I was suprised at how much my pelvic floor hurt when I stood sometimes, during stretchy days, like everything was going to fall out then and there.
I was shocked that my hands turned hot and itchy for the last couple months. Hot, hot, hot.
heartburn - I'd read about that, but must have figured that since I'd never had heartburn before that it didn't apply to me. Ha.
Other surprises.. I didn't know about the poop until I was 4 months pregnant and watched a friend deliever. She'd had an enema but that isn't a guarantee. While she was pushing at the end, a little came out and the OB each time just wiped it and tossed the pad, very discreet... I'd always wondered how one pushed out a baby without pooping. I asked around and discovered it one of those unspokens - most people do a little bit. Personally my body emptied itself thoughroughly in early labor (pretty common) and if there was any poop in pushing it was whisked off so quickly DH and best friend didn't notice.
I expected to be thirsty after delivery, but after 36 hours labor (early and active together, but unable to eat or drink more than a sip at a time) I had no idea just HOW thirsty I could be. I had bottles of Recharge ready, and I drank them all.
I expected the first poop pp to be horrible, but due to spinach and juice it was fine. However, I didn't realize how dehydrated and therefore constipated it was possible to get in the first two weeks of nursing, and had a horrible, horrible experience. *shudder* This next time, I'll drink juice until I'm swimming the first month.
I was glad I'd read Annie Lamott's "Operating Instructions" in which she writes of lying on her side 2 days pp and looking at her stomach lying beside her "...like a small friendly puppy." Exactly. Big and squishy. Felt like a waterbed.