One week post partum & recovery

Monday, May 4, 2009

As I think we can all agree, there is a gross lack of information regarding post partum recovery. Whether it is solely because most new mother's hole up until their child is older, thus depriving society from their no longer pregnant body or because we're inudated with images of celebrities mere weeks after delivery in tip top shape, it is clear that Americans have severely unrealistic expectations.

So in my attempt at continued honesty, my one week post partum belly pic.(For the record the linea negra will remain for months to come, luckily I don't mind it, but some women hate it!)

If this subject intrigues you or you yourself are pregnant and would like to better prepare yourself for you soon to be reality, please check out this site {not suitable for work}. I think it's contributors do a fantastic job of presenting many truths regarding the new mother's body.

Your body after the baby . . .

Literally seconds after delivering I did not care who or what was going on in my lower half. I felt nothing, other than the shakes. There was no residual pain {thank you Lord for this amazing body}. I laid with my feet still in the stirrups for a good 15 minutes until the doctor finally arrived to do the clean up.

I had a "just barely" 2nd degree tear, for those of you who are new to this, the scale is 1-4, 4 being the most severe. I thought the amount of time the doc spent stitching me up felt extraordinarily long given that it was only a 2nd. Absolutely ridiculous, but after having a 13 1/2 head make it's way down, causing the pain that it did, I was more scared about the doctor injecting the novacaine to numb me up! The stiches will dissolve and do not require too much care. Initially I felt some burning or stinging throughout the first day, but I only took one dose of ibuprophen. I kept forgetting, so it really wasn't that bad!

The first time I got up to got to the bathroom I peed my pants {err gown}. I didn't even realize I was going. Delivery causes a bit of havoc on your bladder, sensation and muscle control. Kegels are my best friend and I haven't had a repeat occurence.

Breastfeeding has been the challenge I was told to expect, but extremely rewarding. The day before my milk came in was definitely the most difficult. I was literally feeding him every hour. I was told that his latch looked great, so I think it was just the frequency . . . but the boy did A LOT of damage! Tony wanted to cry for me looking at my nipples. Thankfulyl we're past that!

Post partum bleeding is not fun and neither is trying to establish what is an acceptible flow and what is too much! I'm hoping it will taper off soon, I'd rather there only be one in our family wearing diapers. :)

I've also had a bit of the baby blues. Yesterday we had a full house, which should equate to my feeling very loved, right? Or the worst night ever emotionally, when Tony had to leave for softball. I was a teary mess when he came home. He's still my rock though and has been a great comforter.

Um, I think that's it? Any specific questions you guys have? If you want you can email me, so that it doesn't have to be broadcast that you want to know?

32 comments:

Kristal said...

Leah, you rock. Thank you for posting this.

First, you really do look amazing. You skin looks really taut, which I think is awesome. And no stretch marks? That's just incredible.

I feel like your linea negra is darker now than it was when you were pregnant...I don't know if that's because I didn't see it clearly beforehand (since your pictures were at the side) or because your skin was more stretched out before (being that there was a baby in there and all). I'm glad to hear it doesn't bother you - I've always felt like they were a cool tattoo. But I'm a little weird, haha.

Second, I've looked at that site many times, but I feel like it still doesn't give me a good compass. I feel like most of the women on that site are either terribly overweight and still have baby weight a year later or are pin thin and look like they did pre-pregnancy the day after giving birth. I'm neither. I'm a normal weight and I'm athletic. And I don't feel like there are a lot of those examples on that site. JMHO.

I didn't realize you had a tear. I'm glad to hear recovery from that is easy for you. And I was definitely unaware of the bladder control issues. I'll be starting kegals now. :)

I think post partum bleeding and cracked nipples are the two things I know the most about, and therefore am also dreading the most.

And I really appreciate your honestly regarding baby blues. I think you being honest about the way you are feeling will make it that much easier for you to move past it.

Looking forward to more updates, girl!

Melissa said...

Thanks for posting this! It will help out when it comes my turn...

Brittany Schell said...

Thanks for the very honest look at what your body goes through after birth. It takes courage posting that but it is quite educational and helpful!

Jeannie said...

Leah, your awesome for posting this. You are right, there is not enough info about the 'after' and the reality of it all. It's nice to be prepared (as much as you can) for what is still to come. I really appreciate your honesty!

Erin said...

Thank you so much for posting this!

d.a.r. said...

Can I just tell you that I love you for this??? I am so scared of my body morphing into this baby producing machine and (I guess I am still to selfish to have a baby) what it will be like "after". Like terrified. I love your honesty and details, thank you so much!

Lisa said...

Leah, just like everyone else I have to say how unbelievably AWESOME you are for being so open and honest about all of this. It is so unbelievably refreshing and helpful. And, I have to say that I think you mid section looks fantastic!! You can so tell it's going to go right back to pre-baby form. Once again, you rock :).

Heidi said...

I'll jump on in with everyone else, but thank you for posting all of this. I really have no idea what happens post-baby. It seems like we always hear these wonderful birth stories and that's the end of the fairy tale. I'm really curious as to what happens to Momma Bliss in the next chapter.

Katie said...

yay leah - this post was so informative...I had no idea stuff like that happened...but this is coming from someone who is scared to death of pregnancy and never likes to think about it :)

Bluebird said...

Leah,

You are so brave for posting this! Thank you. It is so informative, and reassuring. I know that a lot of women are afraid of what it's like to have a PP body, and even though we know that all mom's deal with it, it's nice to actually *hear* about it!

I think you look great. Best of luck with the rest of your recovery! Take it easy and enjoy your new family :)

C said...

I absolutely love your honesty. It's such a blessing in so many ways! Thank you for giving us a look into things. It's so helpful. You look wonderful & I'm sure it will only get better!

The Wellingtons said...

You are so thoughtful to post this! Thank you for your honesty! I stumbled upon your blog through a friend of a friend a while back...and found myself checking back often as I am 30 weeks pregnant with my first and it's great to hear from other women who are on this same journey the Lord has blessed us with! Your little boy is adorable and reading your posts makes me all the more excited about meeting my little man in about 10 weeks. I'm sure your time online is much more limited now, but if you find yourself bored in the middle of the night or something :) feel free to stop by mine: www.bump2bum.blogspot.com

Take care!
Melissa

Mary said...

Thank you for being so candid about the postpartum body. It does seem like most women focus on talking about the baby after delivery (nothing wrong with that!), but I really appreciate hearing your perspective about what's going on with your body. For the record, I think you look amazing and I really respect your willingness to share ALL of your story with your readers.

Chelsie said...

You are awesome for posting this. So totally honest...I love it.

You do look great for one week later. No stretch marks and your belly looks like it will just pop back into place.

So sorry to hear about the tear. I think that is what I am most scared about.

Erin said...

Add me to the list of thankful readers. I have to (get to!) go through all this in five months and I, like most people, have no idea what to expect postpartum! Your belly does look great from the front, like it's just going to snap right back into shape soon, that's really awesome!!

Thanks for sharing, and hope little Isaac is doing great!!!

Meredith said...

People never really do talk about post-partum issues, and so I'm thankful for the straight-up, honest take.

I saw the Shape of A Mother website once before, and honestly, it absolutely terrified me. I know that I SHOULD find it beautiful, but it honestly scared me half to death!

Abbie said...

I want to thank you for being honest about this and for posting that website. You are right that it is not talked about and when it finally is my turn I am thankful for the information you gave.

abby said...

I can't tell you how grateful I am to have a friend so willing to share the highs AND lows of bringing a baby into the world! I only hope that you were so lucky to have a friend do the same for you.

Having a house full of people is exhausting, so I can totally understand why you felt that way. I hope you continue to get the support that you need.

And after reading this I started doing kegels immediately :)

julie said...

Leah, you are amazing for posting this. Lately I have had all of these fears about everything you just wrote about. It was like you wrote this just for me! :) Thanks so much! I am so glad that your post-partum recovery is going so well.

Aimee said...

You're very brave to post this! I want to thank you as the many other ladies before me did. I had no clue about some of the things you mentioned!! Thanks for being so honest and enlightening some of us who have yet to have kids! It's good to know what I'm in for in (hopefully) a couple of years or less. :-)

Julia said...

your honesty is much appreciated, Leah. I'm glad the blog is a resource for you still even after the birth! Hang in there.

fallgirly said...

Youre so awesome!! Thanks for posting this. I was worried about the loose skin and if I'm anything like you, it won't be bad at all!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

thank you so much for posting this! i love your honesty. i'm terrified, but i love your honesty! :)

Dr. Erin and Mr. Heath said...

Thank you for posting that! You look great - seriously! I can't wait to follow your progress.

Question: how was the first poop? I heard it's bad. Gross and random. Just curious.

Someone might have asked that but I'm too lazy to read all those comments, Miss Popular! ;)

Mrs. Cup said...

I agree with everyone else...I am so glad that you posted this! Keep it up! :)

fah said...

I think you look amazing! Thanks so for posting this. Hope you continue to recover well!

M and G said...

I think you look great...and I hope to look that good pp!!

When did you get your linea negra? I'm at 25 weeks and still waiting... But my belly button is about to pop out. Did yours? If so, when did it go back in?

Becky said...

Wow..that is the most honest post I've read about the after effects of having a baby...honestly I always wondered. I mean I know everything doesn't just snap back into place. It sort of scares me, but it helps hearing you talk about it because then I won't be freaked out later! (that is when I have a baby someday!) You are so brave to share this...thank you! You are an amazing Mommy so far and I thank you for sharing your journey. Becky

hopeful #1 said...

This is a post that I've stared for future reference.

Thank you for continuing to keep it real!

Madeline said...

As a girl not in the "mom" club yet, THANK YOU for posting this!!! I love the fact that you are posting the good and the bad both pre and post baby. I feel like when the time comes, I won't be blindsided!!
I know you will bounce back soon though!!

Amber said...

You are just awesome!!! Thank you for for posting this! You are such an inspiration!

faith said...

I found your blog through We Are the Law and I thank you so much for posting this! You're amazing. I'm hoping my stomach looks like this one week postpartum. BTW, your son is one handsome lil' boy!

 

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