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Old Oct 11th, 2017, 01:19 AM   11
KellyW1982
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I'm in the uk- I have never had a water birth but don't worry about delivering the placenta- it's easy. I have 2 children already and never has any midwife tried to massage my stomach. Talk to your midwife to put your mind at rest. Good luck x



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Old Oct 11th, 2017, 08:36 AM   12
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Thanks ladies this has helped put my mind at rest a little!!

Can I also ask about after the placenta is delivered? Like do you go for a shower etc? When you bleed after is it really heavy? Are you expected to wee before you can go home? How does going to the toilet feel after? Does your tummy hurt after a vaginal birth? Did anyone suffer from the baby blues and become tearful?

Thanks ladies...sorry for all the questions.



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Old Oct 11th, 2017, 10:18 AM   13
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I had a shower after my first as was covered in blood and stuff lol but after my water birth no need really! Bleeding lasts a few weeks and is quite heavy at first. You will need very thick maternity pads (which is a blessing as it also acts as padding to that area!!)
I'm pretty sure they need to check you can wee before you go home. As for going for a number 2 OMG that is not pleasant. Feels like you are pushing another baby out! Not painful just really strange lol!! Although you don't need to do that before you can leave hospital. My tummy didn't hurt after my first was just weird and empty! After my second I had bad after pains. They feel like contractions but I think that's only from second babies onwards.
I was a bit tearful but I think it was more tiredness and being overwhelmed by this new life you gave created!
Hope that helps xxx



 
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Old Oct 11th, 2017, 12:58 PM   14
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Shower wise after my first I went in, but I had actually lost a lot more blood than anyone knew and ended up collapsing (naked. In the shower. Covered in my own womb blood. Hauled out by 4 midwives. Talk about mortifying!!!!! I had to have a blood transfusion so not a very common thing, don't worry!) so I didn't even attempt with my second. I accepted a bed bath instead. It all sounds totally horrific, but by that stage I didn't care at all who was poking round the bits!! But yes all being well you can shower as soon as you are feeling up to it.

Toilet wise my top tips are drink as much water as you can, and take loads of dried fruit for snacks in hospitals. Both things help get you moving. I've never found a wee sore after birth, not stingy at all. Probably because I drink so much water. But it feels WEIRD. It's almost like you don't even realise you need to go, and when you do SO MUCH comes out, and trying to squeeze it out just feels peculiar! Not sore, just...odd. To me anyway.

I put it down to the fact that by 42 weeks (I was induced twice) you can only hold about three drops of wee before needing a wee, so to suddenly be able to hold loads again is a change.

For poo- keep eating loads of dried fruit and drinking lots of water even weeks after birth. I never had an issue going at the start with my first, but got complacent after a few weeks and had quite the experience!



 
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Old Oct 11th, 2017, 12:59 PM   15
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Also after my first my tummy didn't hurt at all. And I think everyone's post partum bleeding differs- bit like a period. I bled very heavily with both, but also have very heavy periods. With no2 I was still bleeding - spotting at least - 8 weeks after birth.



 
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Old Oct 11th, 2017, 13:06 PM   16
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Thanks ladies this has helped put my mind at rest a little!!

Can I also ask about after the placenta is delivered? Like do you go for a shower etc? When you bleed after is it really heavy? Are you expected to wee before you can go home? How does going to the toilet feel after? Does your tummy hurt after a vaginal birth? Did anyone suffer from the baby blues and become tearful?

Thanks ladies...sorry for all the questions.
My first was a natural , all over In 4.5hrs , they took baby after he came out to be cleaned up and checked as he was a bit starry eyed after me pushing for 2hr. I was handed baby and given injection to pass placenta . It was a bit sore coming out. Then I handed baby to My mum whilst I was stitched up . After an hour I went to the ward and had a bath. Then tea and toast. I went home the next morning. The after pains were pretty sore , esoecislly when breastfeeding. Midwives came the next day to check stitches and baby . They gently palate tummy to check if uterus is going down . My next was an emcs under GA and baby was in SCBU . I had laboured for 12hrs so felt gross , as soon as i came up from recovery a lovely midwife gave me (after asking if I wanted her help) a lovely bed bath. I was up five hours after my csec , but in a wheelchair s was still wibbly from the GA and painkiller. After pains were bloody sore but after few days I was dressed and walking around reasonably pain free . Had minimal bleeding , but passed large clots . Day 5 they took my stitches out , was painless. My last baby was an elcs . So much more organised and calm. I had a spinal rather than epidural so was up and about much quicker after my csec . After pains were still an absolute bitch but they go after a few days .Hardly bled after her either which was a bonus. Most maternity units will happily have baby for a short while if you need a shower or power nap if your baby is restless and your exhausted .xxxx P's it's the kotex pads that are the best . They're really thick and softer than regular always etc xxxxx



 
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Old Oct 11th, 2017, 14:23 PM   17
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Thanks ladies this has helped put my mind at rest a little!!

Can I also ask about after the placenta is delivered? Like do you go for a shower etc? When you bleed after is it really heavy? Are you expected to wee before you can go home? How does going to the toilet feel after? Does your tummy hurt after a vaginal birth? Did anyone suffer from the baby blues and become tearful?

Thanks ladies...sorry for all the questions.
I had an epidural so wasn't allowed up to shower for a day or so after birth. It was the best shower I've ever had!
I didn't bleed overly heavy and it had stopped after about 4 weeks and had my first period about 8 weeks after giving birth.
I had to wee twice before they would let me go home. As PP said, I didn't realise how much I needed to pee until I did....and then it wouldn't stop!
I didn't find that a No2 was weird or painful or anything. It felt normal and a wee didn't sting either.
I didn't have pain in my tummy BUT I did have LOADS of wind as my insides moved back to their original positions
I was lucky enough to not suffer from baby blues or to be tearful, but it is very common xx



 
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Old Oct 11th, 2017, 15:22 PM   18
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I had a water birth last time. Once he was out they waited for the cord to stop pulsing and I then opted for the injection to help deliver the placenta. I seem to recall them gently pulling on the cord to see if the placenta would deliver and it did. It wasn't anything that I took to be out of the norm for them to do.

They then got me onto a bed and I had skin to skin with baby for a good hour. They said it needed to be at least and hour since your skin is very soft after being in the pool, and after that time they could check if I needed stitches.

That hour was amazing, they fetched tea and toast and I had lovely cuddles with baby while dh called family to let them know he was here.

I did need stitches so they did those. They gave me gas and air to have while doing it, but I didn't have much, just when I really needed it as it made me feel a bit light headed then. They also gave an injection down there (I think!) to numb the area before stitching.

I then had to go and try to do a wee. They gave me a cardboard bowl to go in so they could see how much I had passed. All was fine and I then had a shower.

I remember the next morning when the midwife checked me over she pushed on my tummy to feel my uterus, and they also did when they came to see me on home visits, but it wasn't painful. No different really to when they measure fundal height, just with no baby there for them to feel around.



 
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Old Oct 11th, 2017, 21:09 PM   19
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I'm in the US but they did press hard on my stomach several times after delivery to push blood out. I guess that's why?? I did find this to be painful.



 
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Old Oct 12th, 2017, 00:10 AM   20
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I've never had a water birth, so can't answer that - would have loved to though!

I'm in NZ and the midwives come and push on your stomach to make sure your uterus is starting to shrink after the birth. I think they worry about too much bleeding if your uterus isn't going down. It doesn't hurt, honestly, you just feel empty in there after baby is out!

I had an emcs with my first and a VBAC with forceps birth with my second. Because I'd had an epidural and catheter both times I was not allowed to leave until I had peed and pooed. The second time they actually measured how much I peed because I'd had a third degree tear and episiotomy, so they wanted to make sure nothing was damaged in there. I had to pee in a jug and leave it by the toilet for the midwife to check.

Everyone has been saying on this thread that they peed so much after the birth and were surprised by it. There is a reason for it - as soon as baby and the placenta are out you don't need the extra blood volume your body created to carry oxygen and nutrients to your uterus, so your body starts getting rid of the excess fluid as wee as soon as birth is complete. This is why you wee like a horse after having a baby.

My tummy did not hurt after my vaginal birth. You do bleed pretty heavily for the first few days so stock up on maternity pads.

Yes, I had baby blues both times and my most memorable moment was being in tears after the birth of my second because he was asleep in my lap while I ate lunch and I dropped food on his clothes. I was devastated and couldn't stop crying.

Oh, after my vaginal birth, the placenta literally just fell out. I had the injection and then the midwives yelled, 'Push! Here comes the placenta' and I just gave a suggestion of a push and it fell out. No one pulled on anything, it came out in like 5 mins on its own after the injection.



 
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