Just wondering how others felt after having their babies? Physically and emotionally? I feel quite up and down still, (12 days pp) not as bad as I was though. Sometimes physically I'll feel ok but then suddenly, I'll be hit with achiness/tiredness/feeling cold in the evening, but I think that could be to do with lack of sleep. Dreading my OH going back to work I felt very weak for the first few days but I think this was worsened by side effects of taking iron tablets maybe. The midwife said I could stop taking them as my iron count wasn't that low before.
How long do you think it took for you to feel normal again?
I also feel a bit sad I've been discharged from midwife care :S for some reason.. it was reassuring knowing I always had an appointment in a few days with a friendly face.. I have got the health visitor coming on monday though... will this be very different from midwife appointments? x
Physically I had really sore bits for 10 days, aching muscles and throat for 5 days and generally knackered like I'd run a marathon for a couple of weeks.
Emotionally I had my really rocky patch about 3-5weeks pp and am just starting to stop crying at every turn now.
I just about feel "back to normal" except for my complete change in lifestyle now, from a career woman to mummy, has been a bit of a tough transition!
I was the same about my midwife appointments, felt like my safety net had gone when I'd been discharged, the health visitor visit is pretty much the same, but they only visit once round here...and I find them a bit crap (sorry! )
I personally had some PND and also bonding issues with LO but we had our own issues. I didn't get to see or hold or even touch my LO till almost 48 hours after she was born. Then when brought her home 4 days later I was exhuasted, had no appetite so ate hardly anything, and in lots of pain due to my section incision. Nights were deffinitely worse for me though. I would get a very down dreary odd type feeling when the sun started going down than I would have during the day.
Physically my main issue was a sore episiotomy scar which stopped hurting just after 2 weeks but pelvic floor still felt very different when walking until probably 4 weeks pp.
I felt tired, like after hoovering the house I would feel exhausted. 9 weeks pp now and still feel like I'm lacking energy sometimes but I lost a lot of weight while preg/immediately after so being underweight might not help this.
Emotionally I was worst at 3 weeks pp, cried at anything. As you say it's probably mainly tiredness as well as hormones.
For me, I started to feel massively better and more like myself at 6 weeks pp.
Emotionally I felt totally fine....very even keel and not sad or depressed at all. Before and during pregnancy I've never had hormonal ups and downs, so it was nice to feel like myself still. Physically, I hemorrhaged and was very weak/dizzy/tired for about 2 weeks after birth. I also had thrush in my boobies, sore nipples, blocked ducts, and a uterine infection, so I was a bit down and out. My lady parts felt like someone kicked me with a steel toed shoe! Owwee! But I would say by 7 weeks when I finally stopped bleeding I physically felt pretty good.
I had a c-section and lost a bit too much blood (due to placenta previa and going into to pre-term labor), so also low iron and had to take pills for a while after I got home. Honestly, between the hot/cold flashes, hormones, healing, and just overall newness of it all... LOL... I would say I really started to feel pretty good about 3wks after. The healing wasn't too bad- although some rough moments... but there were a few times that first week or two I just cried and wanted to feel "normal" again. But every day got better and better and it's all a faint memory now
Actually, those first few days right after I got home I felt pretty darn good all things considered... but then it all just kinda hit me at once and had a really rough few days... then it got better from there... it will happen hun!!!
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