As with any woman during her first pregnancy, I read just about every book, magazine article, and scoured the internet to gather as many facts about what to expect when I go to the hospital to have my baby. I learned the hard way that there are many things nobody tells you about labor, delivery and recovery. From my experience, here are the two major things I found out…
- If you are being induced and know that you are going to the hospital soon, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT go out to have your last meal of a greasy cheeseburger, french fries and a milkshake! Have something light but filling because it will more than likely come to revisit you later. Yep, nobody told me that I would start throwing up right as it was time to start pushing but apparently it is pretty common so keep that in mind when choosing food.
- If you have to have stitches after delivery, trying to go potty will not be pleasant for a while. For me, it was a couple weeks. Stock up on Dermoplast pain relieving spray (they will give you some at the hospital too) and witch hazel pads! Also, bring home your perineal cleansing bottle from the hospital and fill it with warm water before you go to the bathroom. These 3 things will save your life until everything is healed!
And just a tip… if you have a big family or a ton of friends, have them wait to visit until after you get home. After I had my son, it seemed like I had a visitor every 30 minutes. I never got an ounce of sleep and ended up going home, with an infant, EXHAUSTED! I plan on having our parents and siblings visit baby and I at the hospital but am holding off everyone else until we get home and recover a little bit.
I’m sure I just made you even more scared or nervous but remember, it is so worth it and you quickly forget about the unpleasantries of giving birth. How else could we have multiple children? Now stop worrying, get off the computer and go outside and enjoy this beautiful weather! Or, if you are nesting, go re-wash and organize baby’s clothes for the 10th time! He or she will be here before you know it!
From Brookie-Lee: I had tears with my first born and can commiserate about the burning when peeing. I loved my sitz bath and warm water in a peri bottle. Birth doesn’t have to be unpleasant though. My second and third births were amazing and empowering once I learned to breath and relax through contractions. Hypnobabies was huge in helping me learn how to do that. I’m excited for my birthing, just wish I wasn’t so uncomfortable as a preggo.