I’ve been pregnant three times. The second and third times weren’t easier, but I was better prepared for what was to come. Why? Because I knew what to expect. They tell you so many things about birth, labor, delivery, pregnancy… How come no one talks about postpartum?
Let’s change that.
No. 1: Everyone prepared me like crazy for birth and contractions and all that jazz. They never told me about afterbirth contractions. You know, the ones that start a few hours after delivery, don’t stop for weeks, and get worse while breastfeeding.
No. 2: I hate to have a potty mouth… But we have to talk about pooping. It took me over a week to poop each time. And holy SH*T, did it hurt.
No. 3: Your boobs never recover. Well, at least mine haven’t. When I go braless and slouch, my boobs reach my belly button. No bueno.
No. 4: Around three months postpartum, your hair will start falling out and your skin will be reminiscent of your middle school, mid-puberty self.
No. 5: You bleed for a long time. It was different with each baby, but with my third, I bled for 5 weeks. Also, blood clots. Yuuuuuck.
No. 6: Nursing is hard, we all know that. What’s even more hard? Your boobs after not nursing and pumping for a few hours. Like Pamela Anderson rock hard. And painful as can be.
No. 7: I’m 3 months postpartum and my baby sleeps so well! Yet, I’m SO TIRED. ALL THE TIME!! I have to nap daily and I’m still exhausted.
No. 8: The stretch marks. I thought I was one of the lucky few when I reached 35 weeks pregnant (with my first) and didn’t have a single stretch mark on my body! And then between 35-40 weeks, I got around 10. With my second, I got around 10 more. Between my second and third pregnancies, I struggled with my weight and got stretch marks all over my thighs and hips. Annnnd got barely any with my third pregnancy! But the damage had been done. I stopped trying to use special creams and serums and expensive lotions. It was pointless. But I will say, spray tans work wonders.
No. 9: Get used to wet sheets and wet clothing. I heavily invested in nursing pads with my first two, and this time around, I’m just embracing the leakage. (AKA I don’t have the time or energy to put on nursing pads every few hours, lol)
No. 10: Everyone is so sure to mention postpartum depression, which is great! But I was so focused on avoiding depression that I didn’t realize how bad my postpartum anxiety was. Moral of the story, listen to your body!
Edited, due to popular demand: NIGHT SWEATS! I don’t know how I forgot this because I wake up in a pool of sweat multiple times a night! The struggle is real, ladies!
Loving shift dresses and tunics for my postpartum bod! Body con dresses and tight clothing are not ideal with my mom pooch. This dress is so comfortable and adorable! My favorite part is obviously the fringe lining on the bottom!!
What is something that shocked you about postpartum?! Tell me in the comments below!
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