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post #141 of 354
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Originally Posted by Charles Baudelaire


5. That they give you fishnet underwear in the hospital. Man, I have never felt so NOT like fishnet underwear as then!
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But they were so great to have.

I never knew:
-That walking around dialated to 4-5 cms (with dc #3) for a couple of weeks would be such a mind game and such physical discomfort for me.

-About the awful constipation that I went through with all three pregnancies, during my last trimester, would happen even with stool softeners, fiber supplements, ample water intake (ridiculous amounts actually), and a high fiber diet.

-That hospital pads are really THAT BIG

-That I could have such varied birth experiences.

-That you really do have room enough in your heart and enough love for all of your babies after the first baby

-That I would eat a salad, bowl of soup, cheeseburger, french fries, and a milkshake and then turn to my dh (sipping on his milkshake) and ask "Are you going to drink that? If not, I will" :LOL
post #142 of 354
Oh yeah, I didn't know about pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome. I never noticed with the first as I had it anyway and wore a brace at work, but when I quit/after having the baby, it wasn't too bad, but it came back with a vengance this pregnancy!

The weight thing boggled me. I didn't lose anything giving birth, then I gained about 30lbs the first 6 months nursing by not changing my diet. That was really weird as I was expecting a big drop in weight. I'm scared to see how big I'm going to get this time!!

Just about everything related to my emergency c-section was "I wish I had of known" at the time but I'd never known anyone who had one and the books dont' really say much.
post #143 of 354
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Originally Posted by MamaOui
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-That hospital pads are really THAT BIG

:LOL


And that you really NEEDED them to be that big......

Caroline
post #144 of 354
*LOL*

That they give you fishnet underwear in the hospital. Man, I have never felt so NOT like fishnet underwear as then!

You know DH asked me if I was going to dye my hospital fishnet skivvies black to "match the ones you have at home"?

He was nearly knocked out with a lunch tray
post #145 of 354
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Originally Posted by alaskanteach
Angelo was preemie, and I wish someone had told me that preemies scream when you change thier diaper. I thought I was somehow hurting him.
Ds did this too. Didn't cry when he was hungry, but BOY, look out when you took off his diaper. He'd shiver too, poor kiddo. He wasn't a preemie tho.
post #146 of 354
Oh and those hospital pads? THEY'RE LIKE SKI'S!!!!
post #147 of 354
Um... how about the "baby blues?" Someone should have warned me that I would be psycho for almost three weeks after the birth! I mean, it is just such a tremendous amplification of all your emotions, weepiness, rage, despair - even my sense of humor! I remember watching an episode of that animated show "Father of the Pride" and laughing waaayy too hysterically and feeling like I was stoned, and I haven't smoked pot in YEARS!

Oh! And the painful feeling of my ribs moving back into place for a few days after..ouch!

And yes, someone should have warned me about feeling like I had been hit by a truck for about a month. My chiropractor and stool softener were my new best friends.

It is good though to be able to laugh about this stuff now.
post #148 of 354
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Originally Posted by pumpkinhead
Oh and those hospital pads? THEY'RE LIKE SKI'S!!!!
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I wore Depends Underwear for two weeks 'cause they were more comfortable and more reliable than those crazy pads.
post #149 of 354
Ya know, those hospital fishnet things? They were way too small for me and I'm not even a big person. I felt like I couldn't even get one leg into them.
What I did was buy a bunch of big, cheap undies at Walmart and wore them for the first few weeks after the baby was born. They hold the big pads and it doesn't matter if they get stained.
Also on the pads... I think Always makes a plus sized pad; they're perfect for postpartum.
Take care,
Karen
post #150 of 354
*I had no idea the nurses would want to check my pads. I bet I looked at her like she had 2 heads.

*That they push around on your belly to see if your uterus is shrinking. I thought they had forgotten I'd just had a c-section. Hurt like the dickens!
post #151 of 354
My good friend told me, "don't worry, as soon as the baby comes out the pain stops instantly". YEAH RIGHT! Hmmmf...
I kept waiting and saying, "Why does it still hurt! Why does it still hurt!" :LOL
post #152 of 354
speaking of those fishnet undies.......they gave me a pair, which were too small, until a wonderful nurse came in and said..."those stupid night nurses never give out the larger size of anything." She gave me larger underwear and a larger gown...God bless her soul!
Then later on I put on the bigger undies and put the old ones in the bathroom. This new b**** of a nurse came in and said in a scolding tone, "you know these can be washed out and reused!". I said "Well, if I was able to even stand for five minutes without passing out I might do that, but as long as I can't, I guess you'll have to do it for me!".
Did anyone keep theirs? I bleached my big ones to take to the hospital in case they don't have big ones this time. (I am going to a different hospital)
post #153 of 354
I brought my own undies this time, old ones that were perfectly ok to get stained. Was sooooo much happier with my own and would suggest everyone bring their own undies
post #154 of 354
I'm only 9 weeks into my first pregnancy, but have already been very surprised and annoyed by some things. Now some of these things I'd heard about, but people talk about them in a lighthearted joking way and now I don't think it's funny!

I didn't know I'd be so tired. I really really don't understand how women work during pregnancy. I sleep extra each night and take 2-4 hour naps every afternoon. And no matter how much sleep I get I'm tired. And when I've tried to sleep less (because people told me sleeping too much would make me feel more tired) it just made me super extra exhausted.

I didn't know that I'd lose my sex drive. And poor DF had heard that pg women have more of a drive. But I have almost none now. When I conceived DF were intimate at least twice a day. Now? We've been together once in the past week. DF is very understanding, but it's frustrating to me in a way. I just don't feel like myself.

I didn't know that mood swings could be so bad! I go from being all sweet and snuggly to DF, to crying and feeling like the world is ending, to being angry and yelling, then back again. All within a few hours. :

I didn't know I'd feel like I'm out on a limb with no way of climbing gently back down. That's how pregnancy feels to me. I didn't know I'd be so scared of the idea of giving birth. I guess it's so scarey now because I know that this baby has to come out somehow!!!
post #155 of 354
I didn't know that I'd lose my sex drive. And poor DF had heard that pg women have more of a drive. But I have almost none now. When I conceived DF were intimate at least twice a day. Now? We've been together once in the past week. DF is very understanding, but it's frustrating to me in a way. I just don't feel like myself


IT WILL MOST LIKELY RETURN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was the same way, now DH can't keep up! For him, that is saying something.
post #156 of 354

It's like a train wreck

I'm with Shannon. This is scarey. I can't walk away from the computer.
post #157 of 354
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Originally Posted by NightOwl
I didn't know that I'd lose my sex drive. And poor DF had heard that pg women have more of a drive. But I have almost none now. When I conceived DF were intimate at least twice a day. Now? We've been together once in the past week. DF is very understanding, but it's frustrating to me in a way. I just don't feel like myself.
Whereas in my second pregnancy, with my toddler son still nursing, my dh counts himself lucky if he gets it once a week....no one told me that O'ing can HURT!!!!! when your uterus contracts like there's no tomorrow!

As my midwife told me, the good news is my uterus is much stronger and will be more effective at pushing this baby out. (The bad news is that the afterpains will be much worse...run away! run away!)
post #158 of 354
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Originally Posted by Quirky
no one told me that O'ing can HURT!!!!! when your uterus contracts like there's no tomorrow!
I went through a while in my second trimester (the horny part? HA!) where even my clit hurt! I didn't know that all my bits would get so tender so soon. Darn extra blood. All you ever hear is that "you'll be so much more sensitive and lovemaking can be so much more pleasurable" blah, blah, blah. Pffft.

I also have to mention the cervix-kicking! That was one of the scariest things so far. I thought it was dilating way early when that started about week 20 or so. Still the most painful thing it does. :-/
post #159 of 354
:LOL It has been so fun to read everyone's responses! I think I was most unprepared for how torturous and evil pitocin is and I honestly totally forgot about the placenta and was surprised when I felt the urge to push and something else came out! I was surprised that one of the delivery nurses in the hospital actually told me to lie on my back and push until my face was purple as she counted backwards from 10. I told her that she needed to get the h*ll out of my room.
I also wasn't prepared for my nipples to turn dark chocolate brown (I'm a fair skinned person), or to howl my head off during labor.
I hope it comforts some of you first time mamas that, even after a 36 hour labor complete with vomiting, an epidural (after hard labor on pitocin for 12 hours), and all kinds of interventions that I hadn't planned on, I didn't tear or poop, and didn't need the peri bottle because I felt totally normal pp except for the bleeding, which was just like a heavy period.
We'll see what the cosmos serves up this time around.
post #160 of 354
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Originally Posted by anamama
I also wasn't prepared for my nipples to turn dark chocolate brown (I'm a fair skinned person),
ahh yes, what my husband has termed "the nursing nipples." Mine turned a darker shade of pink, from almost skin toned, but what really surprised me was the size increase! We're talking from quarter sized to, oh... well, much bigger than a quarter. :LOL They seemed to shrink a little after my son cut way back on his nursing, but just last week, my hisband said... "They're baaack." :LOL I hadn't even noticed that they'd grown again.
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