Pushing Through Postpartum Truths
You can consider this post as a lesson in "things they don't tell you about pregnancy."
Hola hola Richsters!
I was blessed to have a pretty fabulous pregnancy, and fortunately for me delivering Jaiyce into the world wasn't any different. God really answered my prayers of having everything go smoothly. This time, the entire process from start to finish only lasted 10 hours-- and with less than two pushes Jaiyce made his debut! :)
While my labor was great, I must admit that the postpartum process hasn't been quite as nice and forgiving. On some real, I am less than in love with my body. I would say hate-- but in a spirit of gratitude, recognizing my blessings, and the fact that I'm living in a body that's healthy, and fully functional, I won't.
With those things said, in both of my birthing experiences-- out of the entire pregnancy experience-- postpartum is THE WORST! Oh, let me count the ways:
1. Engorged boobs - I experienced engorgement after my first pregnancy (you can see more about that here), so I wasn't unfamiliar with it-- but this time it came back with a vengeance. It was so much worse than the first go-round. In my research to relieve myself of my inflamed boob-age, I'd read that if you do get engorged it's supposed to get better with each pregnancy. My body obviously didn't get the memo.
I was producing on average at least 4-6 ounces of milk in each breast, but because they were so full, my skin was pulled and stretched to its limits. This resulted in my nipples flattening (which made it difficult for Jaiyce to latch on), and pumping wasn't taking out enough of the milk. All of these elements together resulted in a horrible cycle of pain, discomfort, and a hangry baby boy-- and ultimately, a frustrated mama (me). lol
2. Swollen feet and ankles - Luckily for me, my ankles stayed relatively cute and I avoided the curse of pregnancy cankles throughout both of my pregnancies. Unfortunately, somehow the cankles situación always manages to catch up to me after I've given birth.
After delivering Arria, for a good week both of my ankles looked like they'd been attacked by a hive of angry bees. No matter how much I elevated them, the swelling wouldn't go down; then one morning I woke up and it was like nothing had ever happened. So weird. This time around, the cankle curse made an appearance about 2 days after I left the hospital (5 days after delivery). Wierdly enough, this time only my left foot got swollen. Go figure...
3. Sudden inner-thigh and lower abdominal aching - I can't remember if this happened with my first pregnancy. Twenty-four hours after delivering Jaiyce, I was doing laps around the Labor and Delivery ward. I can't lie, I was feeling myself. The first 3 days out of the hospital I felt like a rockstar mom. Then on the fourth day, out of nowhere, I felt like I got hit by a truck while doing a straddle split. I was so achy, and tired. I could barely lift my legs to get out of bed-- I had to literally pick them up with my hands and slide out of bed. I was taking Ibuprofen (which I didn't need to do after my first pregnancy), and even with that everything hurt, and continued to hurt for a solid week.
4. Back pain - This may have been due to the epidural, but my back was always achy; so I always feel the need to prop a pillow up behind me. ...But now come to think of it, this discomfort could also be on account of my newly engorged melon-sized boobs. :-/
5. General tiredness and fatigue - I'm the mom of a toddler and a newborn, so I guess this one is pretty straight forward.
This image pretty much captures how I feel most days now as a mom of two.
While all of this uneasiness got the best of me (for the first week or so out of labor), these discomforts were totally worth the blessing of bringing another soul into this world. Jaiyce is absolutely beautiful and a perfect baby. Hopefully he'll continue to be kind to me throughout my rest and recovery period-- and he won't come for my edges (resulting in postpartum shedding) like Arria did, later on. lol
So I'm going to leave you here, eventually I may put together a new video sharing a couple of postpartum truths that I wish were shared with me when I discovered I was pregnant. Please keep in mind every woman and every pregnancy is different. I'm just sharing what happened after the delivery of my two children. I'd love to hear what some of your postpartum experiences were like. Did you have any of the same symptoms, or experience the same annoyances? Comment, and share below!
#LiveRi¢h, and Happy Dream Chasing!