The Inside Scoop: I’ll Do What After Delivery?!
There’s nothing as life changing as giving birth for the first time. Not only are you now the parent to a brand new, tiny baby, but your body also just underwent some marathon level stress and accomplished what probably felt impossible while you were doing it. While lot’s of people mention how life changing labor and delivery are, few people dare to talk about the hours and days after delivery – that immediate postpartum time when life is a whirlwind, everything feels big, and your body is starting to recover. If you’re looking for the inside scoop on what happens after delivery, look no further. Check out what these experienced moms had to say about what they did after delivery that surprised them most!
I embraced the hospital underwear – Julie
While it’s not at all fashionable, the mesh underwear most hospitals provide women for their after-delivery days is often is practical and comfortable. “When a friend told me about the mesh underwear they have you wear after delivery when I was still pregnant I laughed and was sure I’d never wear something so big and ugly. As soon as the baby came, though, I couldn’t care less about what I was wearing under my gown. I even snagged a few pairs to bring home with me when I left!”
I begged my nurses to take my baby to the nursery – Ami
“In my birth plan, I stated that I wanted my baby to room in with me at all times. After a long labor and an emergency c-section, though, I was exhausted and needed to rest in a way I couldn’t with him in my arms. The nurses were great and happily took him to the nursery for a few hours so I could get a little bit of much-needed rest.”
I refused to let anyone take my baby out of the room – Holly
“I was sure that I would want my baby to go to the nursery when I was at the hospital – everyone told me that I would be exhausted and should take advantage of the help while I had it – but once my baby was here I didn’t want to let her out of my sight and kept her snuggled up in my or my husbands arms the whole time we were at the hospital.”
I needed my husband's help to make it to the bathroom – Mary
“I knew that labor and delivery would hurt but I had no idea how much pain I would be in afterwards. I thought that I would be one of those women who walked happily out of the hospital but I needed a long time to recover. Those first few days I even needed my husbands help to get to the bathroom.”
I almost refused to go home – Janine
“I was so tired after I had my baby and so unsure of how to do the basics that I was terrified of leaving the hospital and heading home. The nurses at the hospital showed me everything and were so nice. When it was time to head home I wanted to refuse and stay to get more help!”