Six Things No One Tells You About Postpartum Recovery

September 17, 2015
I thought I was prepared for what my body was going to go through after having my son!  Boy was I wrong!  There are so many things no one tells you about postpartum recovery!  Click through to get the real down-low about postpartum recovery!

My little man is ten months old today and I’m finally beginning to feel like my body is just about recovered from the pregnancy and his birth.  While I was pregnant I was told that I should expect a long recovery.  I was told that it takes nine months to make my little guy so I should expect around that long to recover.  That’s where the information about postpartum recovery stopped.  No one filled me in on the horrible, terrible, no good, very bad reality that is postpartum recovery.  I’m going to change that.  I’m going to let you honestly know what to expect AFTER you bring home your precious bundle of joy.

Hemorrhoids, Afterbirth, and Stitches Care

You can safely assume that after you push a baby out of your vagina, your nether regions aren’t going to be looking or feeling too good.  But seriously, does anyone inform you that it’s not abnormal to have ginormous hemorrhoids that make pooping almost impossible?  I’d venture to say that golf ball sized hemorrhoids are not an exaggeration.  Beyond that, many women require stitches to get them all fixed up after birth.  Stitches mean absolutely no wiping which means you have to have a spray bottle to get yourself clean.  Add to that the fact that you’re expelling tons and tons of blood (as in having to wear the hugest pad you can possibly think of) and cleaning yourself after using the bathroom is a mess.

Body Odor and Sweat

The first night after having your little angel you may be surprised that you wake up in drenched sheets.  Don’t be.  Profuse sweating is a normal part of postpartum recovery.  Soaking through sheets, clothes, and whatever else is covering your body will happen all the time.  The worst part about this – this sweat STINKS!  Go right now to purchase men’s deodorant and apply it multiple times a day.  That’s what it will take to keep yourself from repelling everyone from your horrible stench.

Leaking/Bleeding/Blistering/Sagging/You Name It-ing Breasts

If you choose to breastfeed your baby you’re in for a huge surprise.  As long as you and your little one figure it out easily it could seem like everything is all easy and rainbows and butterflies…  Until your milk comes in.  Milk comes in hard…  Literally.  Your breasts will be hard as a rock with all the milk in them and it hurts!  Once engorgement starts so does leaking.  You can be just sitting there and all of a sudden have milk running down your shirt.  You little one may be drinking out of one side and all of a sudden the other side explodes like a geyser.  There’s no telling what your girls will do.  Add all this to the fact that nipples get cracked, bleed, blister, and all sorts of other good things – especially during the early stages of breastfeeding.  Once you’re more established in the nursing arena and your breasts aren’t dealing as much with engorgement you’ll look down and realize that you no longer have the perky breasts of your youth.  They now lay on your chest like flat pancakes…  Until the next time you’re out with your friends, miss a feeding, and end up engorged again.

Difficult Weight Loss and Constant Hunger

I’m sure you’ve heard it as much as I did, breastfeeding helps you lose weight.  I’m here to tell you that, yes, for some women that’s the case but for other women it’s not true at all!  Breastfeeding absolutely burns a lot of calories but breastfeeding also makes you feel starving ALL THE TIME!  If you burn 500 calories breastfeeding chances are your body is going to yell at you until you fill it with 500 (or more) calories.  Sure, you can choose not to give in to that hunger but then you’ll be dealing with sleep deprivation, baby poop, baby cries, postpartum hormones, AND being starving.  Don’t do that.  Eat the food.

Hair Loss

So much hair loss.  I think I could make a wig with the hair I’ve lost since Caleb was born.  I’m sure it doesn’t help that once the little kiddo is grabbing for things you have to wear your hair up for self preservation and that keeps all the hair that falls out in one place until you brush it.  Let me tell you again, SO MUCH HAIR LOSS!

Bladder Control

Do you feel the urge to sneeze, cough, laugh, or twitch?  Be sure your legs are crossed or else you very well may leak a little pee…  And sometimes a little ends up becoming a lot.  You know those pelvic floor muscles that used to be strong and keep your bladder doing what it’s supposed to do?  Yeah, those are shot after you have a baby.  It’s the best.

Luckily for you, I have an answer to this issue, Poise Impressa Bladder Supports!  You guys these things are revolutionary!

I thought I was prepared for what my body was going to go through after having my son! Boy was I wrong! There are so many things no one tells you about postpartum recovery! Click through to get the real down-low about postpartum recovery!

These bladder supports are so easy to use and feel no different than a tampon.  They come in three sizes so there’s one that’s just right for you! The easy sizing package comes with two of each size and, once you know what size you need, there’s a $4 off coupon in that package for a full package of ten.  The key is that the bladder support puts pressure on your urethra and prevents little leaks.  You can still use the restroom with the support in but leaks are a thing of the past.  Time to throw out the panty liners and pads you’re used to wearing to control your oops moments and enjoy the freedom that comes from feeling as though there’s nothing there.

Want to try some for yourself?  Here’s a great coupon for $2 off!  You’re welcome!

Your Turn:
What suprised you about your pospartum recovery?
Have you tried Poise products before?


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