For me the labour was definitely the worst part. I felt pretty good physicaLly after the birth (it felt great losing about 8 pounds so quick) I had ALOT of back pain and really horrible heartburn during pregnancy but they both seemed to disappear straight after the birth.
For the first few weeks after the birth I was on a sort of a high. I had all this energy even though i was only getting like 3 hours sleep a night. At the start I was pretty emotional and I would cry about almost anything but that wore off after a few days.
After both my births i felt brill even thow i was up all night with bouth of them. With my 2nd as soon as he was out and i got draged to get showred i had luch and then went home and started the cleaning i felt realy good only got to bed at 10pm that night i didn't get any sleep the night i went in to labor. the next day i was fine and felt back to normal
Straight after birth I felt fine, really good - I was on the phone talking to everyone within 20 minutes of him being born, having a shower was ok I could stand but it was just a bit tricky as I was bleeding a lot. The first night in hospital was just boring, everyone was asleep, babies crying lots of noise so no chance of me sleeping plus I was on a high and LO was breastfeeding alot so I just sat there and read and did puzzles and ate tooty frooties!
After a few days my stitches started to be a bit uncomfortable but that was it really and the lack of sleep even now is not good but hey I think ive had it pretty easy really.
I found going to the loo the hardest. I had a second degree tear, and literally cried when I knew I had to wee! I was an idiot though, and didn't drink enough, so it stung even more. Pouring big jugs of water on myself as I went helped a lot. Apart from that, I was fine. I was surprised at how long I was swollen for. It was well over a month later that I started to feel more like myself.
for me after labor was the worse. only because i think i some how ended up getting a bladder infection so when i would be it was excruciating pain it burned sooo bad. so before i went pee i had to take an ice cube and numb myself down there lean all the way forward and pee like that. i pray to god that doesnt happen a 2nd time around emotionally it was hard but that was because i was going thru relationship issues so i was taking care of my son by myself
Afterwards was definitely worse for me. 3rd degree tear (after an emergency forceps delivery) meant I was away from my baby in theatre for over 2 hours. I lost a lot of blood (iron dropped from 11.5 to 7) so I was anemic and was so out of breath. Iron tablets helped with the anemia but it took over a year before I felt ok-ish again from the tearing.
I was not prepared at all for how I would feel after the birth. I had a tough time delivering the placenta (but then I was stubborn and refused 'the injection' to help it out, until they threatened me with surgery) I'd never heard of 'after pains' and I had a lot of them, like mild contractions but pretty painful. Of course, compared to the pain of the birth they were nothing, but I was exhausted and weak, I couldn't manage a shower without my mum helping me. After a decent night's sleep (which I was lucky to get as my first night as a mum, she only woke a couple of times) I felt much better, but I still had quite a lot of afterpains for a few days that I wasn't expecting.
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