What They Don't Tell You About Postpartum Recovery

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[Editor's Note: A friend and I were exchanging post-birthing horror stories the other day when she admitted that in her first trip to the bathroom after delivery, she wiped like normal. I cringed. But why didn't someone remind her right before she went -- like the nurse! That's why I love this list by The Counselor Mom. She covers a lot of things that no one really talks about, and the only thing I would add is "don't wipe like normal." Ow, ow, ow. -Jenna]

10 Things They Don't Tell You About Postpartum Recovery:

In't zonneke, met een kersverse babyThere are things that they don’t tell you about until you find out right after you give birth. For those with 1 or more kids out there, am I right or what? And some of this may be a bit TMI, but hoping it helps some of you out there prepare if you don’t know this already, or help a friend who is about to have a baby:

1. Post Partum After Contractions: These were somewhat uncomfortable with my first pregnancy. I had to take an ibruprofin and was okay. Well, here comes baby #2 and it was as painful as the contractions I had during the beginning stages of labor. And these after shock contractions came on immediately after they placed my precious baby on my tummy. I was trying to enjoy the bonding moments, but agh, it was a little painful. So much so that it was hard to have a conversation with anyone during one. Having a natural childbirth made it worse because I did not have the epidural to help with pain or the drugs from a C-section recovery.

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