(Closed) Does your stomach feel empty once the baby is born?

posted 11 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1373 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It doesn’t feel weird not to have the baby kicking anymore, but for the first few days I found myself still absentmindedly resting my hands on my belly like I had done when I was pregnant.

Post # 4
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

 I didn’t have an “empty” feeling but I do remember looking in the mirror and thinking that even though I still looked a little pregnant that I couldn’t believe how much I actually deflated. I would still rest my hand on my stomach for awhile and sometimes I would feel something “kick” and that would shock the crap out of me! lol

Post # 5
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

DH’s aunt talked about this a lot last time I saw her- how she really loved feeling the baby move, and it was like having a little buddy around all the time, and how she missed that special bonding experience once she was no longer pregnant. I kinda figure that after it comes out I’ll be too tired to think, so I’m not expecting much withdrawal 🙂

Post # 6
3686 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I didn’t miss it right after birth, but now I sometimes look at Addie and miss those special little moments.  I hated pregnancy, but I feel a little nostalgic about it at times, now.  🙂  Especially when I think of her little kicks and movements that only I got to feel.

Post # 7
946 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Basically any time I’m sitting, I have a sharp pain in my lower chest where my baby belly meets ribcage under my right breast. It’s been that way for a few weeks and has gotten worse. I’m hoping that I’ll be so relieved to be able to sit down for a while without the pain that I won’t miss being pregnant too much. Not to mention heartburn, restless legs, my shoulders and back aching not being able to bend over and outgrowing maternity clothes with 6 weeks to go!

Post # 8
527 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@mrstilly, I had that same pain and I had it all the way through labor.  I figured after the baby dropped it would go away, but no.  Hang in there!

I expected my belly to feel empty but I hadn’t really given it much thought until reading this (3 1/2 weeks later).  I guess there’s just so much change (deflation, bloating, deflation again, jiggly-ness, larger than pre-pregnancy belly button, and the actual baby).  One thing I love is that even though those sharp jabs during the last few months of pregnancy weren’t all that comfortable at the time, as soon as our daughter was born I could touch her heels and elbows and they felt so familiar already.  Weird but wonderful. 

Post # 9
1925 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had a somewhat empty feeling especially when I looked at my belly. Sometimes I would get the kicking feeing after she was born and it would scare the crap outa me. And for the longest time I would catch myself holding or rubbing my belly like I did when I was pregnant.

Post # 10
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I got a really empty feeling after DD was born. The first time I stood up after she was born I literally felt my insides drop into the space she had been filling. That was reeeeally weird.


Post # 11
29 posts
  • Wedding: August 2006

I’m really scared about this!  I love being pregnant, and I LOVE feeling her move.

I can’t wait to meet her, but I’m already sad that I only have four more weeks of her little kicks.

Post # 12
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I touched my stomach after my daughter was born and it wasn’t firm any more. I did miss having her inside my body, but I breastfed so I got contractions when I fed for the first couple of weeks, it distracted me from missing those wonderful kicks.

Post # 13
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I was too busy taking care of and snuggling with baby to miss having her in me, though it was sort of surreal for the first day!

Post # 14
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The most surreal moment for me, was having my son curl up on my stomach right after he was born, in the fetal postion. And I remember thinking, moments ago he was on the otherside of my stomach, now he’s on the outside. It was weird weird weird! But ya, my contractions were so bad when I nursed so it was a big distraction from the baby kicking.

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