I didn't know that Stadol would stop my contractions.
I didn't know how much Pitocin contractions would hurt..OMG! I almost couldn't breathe!
I was really scared of getting the epidural, but I barely felt a pinch.
Not having a doula was a huge mistake, DH was no help at all.
I didn't know they'd turn off the epidural for pushing
I didn't know that the baby coming out would hurt much less than pitocin contrax.
Once the baby was out, I didn't really care, I was just glad it was over and could barely open my eyes to look at him. I thought there'd be an instant bond, but there wasn't. I was just too tired and physically traumatized.
After reading all the placenta horror stories, I'm glad mine just fell right out after the baby!
The doctor caught it in a bowl, and the plop splattered blood everywhere!
I didn't know BFing would be so excruciatingly painful. I was embarrassed that it was so difficult and painful. I wanted to be alone to BF, not for modesty, but just because it was so painful, I would sit and cry and shake just to get through it.
I never knew that was normal, I thought there was something wrong with me. It was so horrible, I began to resent my son, and I had thoughts of abandoning him.
At the hospital, the lactation nurse said the pump would be more comfortable, so she strapped it on me and turned it on. OMG! I immediately burst into tears and started sobbing. She turned it off and left. I never let her back in my room.
When my milk came in, I was shocked that my breasts were like three times bigger than my baby's head!
I didn't know you could have too much milk! I could pump like 20 ounces every three hours - sometimes by hand!
I didn't know about milk banks back then, or I would have donated.
I didn't know I could relactate after quitting, but I did it!
I didn't know it would take a good three months before BFing was comfortable. I had adhesions in my nipples that needed to be broken/stretched out, and one was inverted.
Having a bowel movement PP was scary, but it actually didn't hurt at all! Peeing didn't hurt either.
But for the first 12 hours after birth, I was so swollen that I couldn't pee. That freaked me out.
I shouldn't have taken a tub bath in the PP period, because I think that is why I got a uterine infection that made me septic.
Several days PP I passed a humongous clot, like the size of my baby's head. I called the doc's office, and they said it was normal. Well then why do the OB nurses tell you to inform them if you pass a clot bigger than a quarter?
I didn't know that I would give birth to the most beautiful and perfect baby the world has ever seen!
My son was the standard of cuteness by which all other babies were judged.
Even now, daily I wonder why I was lucky enough to give birth to exactly the child I wanted. - His low-key nature, his happy-go-lucky temperament, his beautiful face, his robust health, his golden hair...
In the hospital, I couldn't sleep because I couldn't take my eyes off my beautiful son. I had never seen a cuter baby.
Those maxipad ice packs are a godsend!