(Closed) Did you shower in the hospital after delivering?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did you shower at the hospital after delivering?
    yes : (28 votes)
    88 %
    no : (4 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    2539 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    i was only there for 2 days and i had a bad tear so no i was not released to shower until i got home

    Post # 4
    2891 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Absolutely! I took a shower within an hour of giving birth. I was way to messy not to. Birthing is rather yucky. So when the wisked my little one away to do tests I hopped in the shower so that I would be ready when they brought baby back.

    Post # 5
    4024 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Yes! I did shower, it felt amazing!!!! They have those removable spray nozels, and I tore REALLY bad, so it felt amazing to spray the area with warm water!!! BUT I will tell you a horror story!!!! They have jacuzzis for mom’s to soak in after they give birth, so I decided to give it a try becuase it sounded relaxing. WELL, they never flushed my tub out all the way, so it still had bleach in the lines, so when I was sitting in it, my blood mixed with the bleach/cleaner, and made this nasty green sticky crap! SO, I don’t recommend taking the bath, but the shower was really nice!!!

    Post # 6
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    if your released to shower.. you will want to! I showered twice while I was there and my husband also took a shower..

    Post # 7
    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    My OB told me to ignore what the nurses would say about not taking a shower right away and within 24 hours I was to take a shower and clean really well.  I had a 2nd degree tear and it was tender but totally worth it.  I had my husband bring me soap (I’m a soap snob), shampoo, and conditioner.  I had travel sizes so they didn’t take up much room.  It felt great to have clean hair and body before we left the hospital.

    Post # 8
    7692 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Don’t they do episiotomies any more so you young women don’t tear?  Ouch!  I loved the bidet after.  Another woman had given birth before told me it helps heal faster.  I was in there as much as possible before going home.  And the tucks were great too!  Once you’ve opened and used packages-they are going to charge you for items-so you may as well take things home with you.  🙂

    Post # 9
    2018 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Well, I’m either really lazy or really dirty but I didn’t shower after either birth. For one thing, I didn’t feel like dragging all my toiletries and moisturizers from home.  Secondly, the first labor was really hard and I was totally wiped out. I had to be induced and because the uterus will not contract naturally after the baby is born, I had to be given MORE pitocin.  It hurt more than the labor itself, I was bleeding all over the place and my mom was running around like Shirley MacLaine in Steel Magnolias, screaming “Give my daughter a shot!”. 

    So, no.  A shower was not exactly the first thing on my mind.  lol And both times I was only there one night.  So, I just packed some grotty sweats and schlepped home to take a shower in my own bathroom.


    Post # 10
    4653 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I was at the hospital for 3 days each time so YES i did shower and I was tired but I felt gross I needed one…

    Post # 11
    5822 posts
    Bee Keeper

    My hospital keeps you there a minimum of two days.  I had a bad tear, but I showered the next morning.  Walking to the shower hurt, but the shower itself was magical.  It felt so good to wash all the grody off.  Don’t forget shower sandals if you plan on doing it!  I brough sandals, Dove bar soap, and 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner with my CowboyMagic detangler to use after.  I showered again before I left, it just felt so clean.  (I don’t use pads, so having to walk around in what are basically diapers, I wanted to shower every two hours.)  I brought my own bath robe but never used it.  I also brought my own towels and was SO GLAD.  Mine are soft and absorbant and nice.  The hospital towels were itchy and thin.

    Post # 12
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    @creativeplannertobee: Episiotomies aren’t too common anymore because they found that usually, you actually tear worse when you get an episiotomy than if you tear naturally.

    Post # 13
    940 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    Our baby was born in the middle of the night, and by the end of the day I had showered.  My room had a shower in it so my husband could shower, too.

    I bought two pairs of $2.50 flip-flops from Target that we used to walk around the hospital (and shower) in, and now we’ll use them as outdoor shoes, since they aren’t coming back into my house!

    You might want to bring your own towels, too, since the hospital towels might not be as nice as your own.  Also, bring your own toiletries.

    Post # 14
    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    i was in the hospital for 2 nights and honestly, it didn’t even cross my mind to shower! i gave birth in the afternoon, so my legs were crazy for the rest of the day…plus i was EXHAUSTED. i had a 2nd degree tear so it was hard enough to learn how to go to the bathroom without it hurting like hell, plus i have a weird thing about public showers…so i took one when i got home.

    Post # 15
    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I felt so gross I was dying to take a shower.  I had to have the nurse put a bag over my IV so I could shower since hospital policy was 24 hours before removing the IV.  I just made sure to pack shower shoes, and also instead of lugging my usual toiletries I just packed travel size stuff, and the bare minimum.

    Post # 16
    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We were in the gospital 3 nights so I definitely showered…I felt 100 times better afterwards.

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