Crotch Care 101: The truth about postbirth recovery
Here are the takeaways from my personal experience (NOTE: read at your own risk...preferably not right after eating breakfast)
1. Bleeding: Remember one of your fav things about being prego was the missing period? Well - post-delivery, it's baaaaaaack! In full force. It's like 9 months of periods were saved up, and now they've decided to rear their ugly head all at once. Even with a C-section, I bled for 5 weeks.
2. The Mesh Underwear: These are pretty much the best thing that ever happened to me post-pregnancy (besides the baby, of course!). As you pack your hospital bag, just forget about packing your cute hip-hugging underwear. The hospital will provide lovely mesh underwear that go up past your belly button (think about the biggest, least pretty underwear you've ever seen). Trust me - you will need them to hold up the HUMONGOUS maxi pad you will have to wear. Plus, for me just having had a c-section, I needed something that wouldn't cut right where my incision was. And take at least 50 pairs home with you - you'll need them over the next few weeks.
3. Poop: What used to be a natural daily activity without much thought will soon become your obsession: WHEN WILL I POOP AGAIN?! For me, it took about 6-7 days. Definitely not in the hospital (despite taking the laxitives and drinking prune juice). Once home, I would feel like I had to do the deed, but it just wouldn't happen. A combination of warm prune juice (not as terrible as it sounds), laxitives and Miralax mixed in water finally resulted in success. Fun times!
I can't speak to the ice packs, swelling, etc since I had a C-section. Any mamas want to chime in about those lovely aspects? If so, post below.
Phew! I feel so much better now that I have written this post : )