Mama to DS (5) and DD (2)
By the time I got to my regular room, though, I was pretty dead on my feet. The first time I got up to go to the bathroom, I could barely walk, and pretty much for a week after, I couldn't stand up without intense pain and pressure. I had a third degree tear, so I really think that had a lot to do with it.
Not sure if this helps, but my birth was pretty much a natural birth with just a bit of an epi for literally just a few minutes. I really think it depends on how much damage has been done to your perinium and how long and hard you pushed for. I didn't push long, but I had some serious damage to my perinium, and it really wasn't happy with me standing until it was much more healed.
for that and other reasons, i strongly recommend drug free birth if you can take the pain of transition, it's not bad! and the recovery is great!!
I remember the ped that was coming to check my son couldn't believe I was the mom as he had never seen a mom walking around like that. I felt great after the birth.
I also had a bowel movement a couple hours later. Sorry, but I'm mighty proud of that
Homeschooling Mom of 5 dds
Planning my fifth natural birth using Hypnobabies for baby boy coming in June 2012!
I remember feeling higher than a kite...from all of the endorphins flooding my system. It was awesome! I able to walk around easily the next day.
My second was a homebirth. I tore a fair amount and had to have about 10 stitches, so I was on my back for awhile with that and then nursing, but I was able to get up and go to the bathroom and to take a shower after that. I felt steadier on my feet, but I stayed in bed that night because of the tear. The next day I got up, got dressed and came downstairs. Everytime I had to go to the bathroom, I would go upstairs to my bedroom, because of the stitches made the whole bathroom thing a trick, and I had my peri bottle and other things there, so it was just easier to use the upstairs bathroom. I was told to stay in bed and keep my legs close together, but honestly, it didn't feel like a problem to go up and down stairs. I think mentally I should have stayed in bed another day, though.
i got up and peed on my own within a half hour of delivering. i was so back to normal so fast that people said "you don't look like you just had a baby at all."
I took a nice long shower about an hour after DD was born. I climbed the steps to the bathroom with no problems at all. I felt good after my homebirth, tired but perfectly fine.
Oh my God....women are the COWS of PEOPLE!! --Reese, Malcolm in the Middle
One of the biggest reasons I'll never do pain meds is because I refuse to be 'stuck' in bed. Drives me batty!
Humanist Woman Wife , & Friend Plus Mama to 6 (3 mos, 2, 9, 13, 17, 20)
My first was at a birth center and I was able to walk around physically shortly after, but I didn't have the energy. Labor had started in the morning and I just couldn't get myself to eat, so my last real meal was dinner. I had my son a bit after lunchtime. This time I'll definitely force the calories one way or another to avoid the low blood sugar.
Because of the tear and some blood loss, I was really slow getting up and around. I didn't go downstairs in my house for like two weeks. My partner brought provisions upstairs and we had everything else we needed.
I did shuffle around a bit here and there, but no stairs or anything. I'm confident it would have been much worse and way more traumatic in the hospital. So glad to be at home and drug-free!
I've heard that getting up and being too active can contribute to Pelvic Organ Prolapse, so I really believe in taking it easy and enjoying the babymoon as much as possible after giving birth.
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With ds, I walked from the birth pool through the house to the bed within five minutes of birth.
and Brigid Eleanor (11/20/08)
The one aspect that, predictably, has gotten more difficult with each birth is the pain with nursing, or afterpains, as my mother used to call them. I had to stop nursing my most recent one (baby #5) in the middle of his first nursing session because the contractions were pretty darn painful - much like labor. It wasn't until later that I discovered percocet lol. Next time, if the birth is without meds again, I'll request a percocet the moment that baby is out, to prepare me for that first nursing (I can't take ibuprofen when I'm about to start coumadin, and the tylenol didn't touch this pain). The afterpains were that bad for about three days, gradually improving after that.
Mama to DS (6/07) , DD (6/09) , and DD (07/12) ..
Sami , wife to , mama to Tate 10/14/05, Kaleb 12/17/07, Bram 3/13/10-11/17/12, Alden 2/1/12, October 2014
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