Post # 1
I was reading OMG Mom and I found her birth stories.
While reading through all of these I found THIS post on how her “Big girl areas” had changed after having a baby.
Pretty sure I just scared myself shitless. Remind me why I thought it was a good idea to read birth stories years before I am actually ready for a baby? I may have just scared myself out of having a baby. Kidding… I think.
My question for all of the mommies out there is, how similar was your experience in birthing a child? Did you need all of the products that she used also? This birth stuff is scary but yet I can’t look away when I start reading stories like these. I HAVE to know the details! Tell me the real Too Much Information stories of what it’s like.
P.S. Even though her posts are Too Much Information sometimes I cannot help but die laughing reading anything on OMG Mom.
Post # 3
@MsBrooklynA: I LOVE HER!! seriously she is the funniest person sometimes.
and my hoohaa is the same. and sometimes I think she is just a wee bit more dramatic than the average human being. God Love her 🙂
Post # 4
I love Mrs. Dumpling! Her posts crack me up. 🙂 But, honestly, my experience wasn’t like this at all. I didn’t have an episiotomy, and I hardly tore at all (I had a couple first degree tears the doctor sewed shut with one stitch). After my epidural wore off completely (like 2 hours after birth), I was up walking around, taking myself to the bathroom without any trouble, etc… I didn’t even take any painkillers (although they were offerred). I felt great! Ummmm, my bowel movements were also not monitored/recorded. How humiliating that must’ve been for Mrs. Dumpling! The nurse gave me a stool softener and told me I should have a bowel movement within a couple of days. That was it.
As far as products go, I definitely agree with stealing a package each of the hospital mesh panties and giant pads. I only wore them for maybe a day after getting out of the hospital, but it was a little more convenient to just throw stuff out when it got blood on it than to change my underwear five times a day. I think that my the third day postpartum, though, my bleeding really reduced, and I was wearing normal underwear/pads again. I never used the peri bottle or the Tucks pads or the Dermoplast or the painkillers (althought I got all of those free from the hospital). I had a little discomfort from the stiches for the first two weeks post-partum, but then it went away and everything was back to normal. Not that I can see it, but everything seems fine down there.
Something else, after birth I felt way better than I had the entire time I was pregnant. I had more energy and I was finally able to sleep and move around without carrying a 20 pound bowling ball in my stomach. 🙂 Maybe my experience was the exception, but it was a relief to finally have that child out of me, lol! I would totally do birth again any day if I could skip the whole pregnancy thing.
Post # 5
@missfireslayer: She is just a wee bit dramatic but that is why she’s so dang funny! So you didn’t really have any difficulties with the underwear or the hemorrhoid cream or any of those other scary things? haha
@Mrs. Spring: Was going to the bathroom painful for the first couple of days? What do the tucks and dermoplast do? What are the peri bottles for? Did you have an epidural? Was it a similar sensation as she described?
Also, were you ladies as exhausted as she was and slightly overwhelmed by the amount of company, like she sort of implied?
Post # 6
I need to stop reading this post. Immediately.
Post # 7
@Gemstone: LOL I KNOW RIGHT!!
Post # 8
You’re not the only one!!! It’s reassuring to hear these other posts, since I have read many birth stories (online and from friends of friends) that talk about how awful your big girl parts are in the days and weeks after giving birth. To be perfectly honest, I am more worried about that than I am labor.
Post # 9
@MsBrooklynA: I know okay can I just tell you it is so wrong of me but one of my favorites is when she accidentally got drunk right before Mia was born?!
Nope I had absolutely no problems, I had a TINY tear and that was stitched and that was really my only problem. I just used the witch hazel pads in the bathroom. and I wore the underwear just while in the hospital. and I got a stool softener but really it was nothing NEAR her experience haha. I too was taking myself to the bathroom and even showered that night so it really wasn’t a big deal for me 🙂 I also had my daughter naturally! and the thing I remember being the worst was the stitches part!
Post # 10
@missfireslayer: Oh goodness the one where she gets drunk. I still cannot believe no one told her about it! And then she like passes out in the car. It’s hilarious now but probably really scary when it happened.
I’m just afraid it will be my luck to need an episiotomy and be wearing a diaper for the next 4 months or something horrifying. I also enjoy the episode where Kourtney Kardashian decides that she wants to have ANOTHER baby but it still hurts to have sex with Scott and she’s like it feels like I’m jamming a metal rod up there. Oh the horrors of having a child.
I should not be allowed to read up on baby births.
Post # 11
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That is so freaking hilarious!!
Oh yeah, and totally true. I would recount my experience here, but I have PTSD. And I also already recounted it here:
Post # 12
Ummm … birthed 4 babies and didn’t have half of those issues.
First off, I didn’t have any episiotomies and I did natural. I did perineal massage for months before birth and Darling Husband was massaging my perineal when I was in labour, so it really helped as I didn’t require any stitches.
As for Tucks pads. I had them but didn’t have bad issues w/that, anyway.
No squirt bottle used here. Just regular TP. Again, no stitches, so no need. I wore my own underwear and used those Poise pads and not the diaper-like ones she used.
By week 6, after I got the OK from my Dr., my lady bits were back to normal and we were sexing it up again! And, unlike the Kardashian girl, it didn’t hurt.
As for being tired, I was far more tired when I was pregnant than after birth!
One piece of advice? Do NOT look at your lady bits after you have your baby. That will scare the bejeezus out of you!!!!
Post # 13
I am glad I am not the only one with pregnacy / delvery fears.
Post # 14
@MightySapphire: That link sends me to the boards 🙁 I remember reading your and Mrs. Spring’s stories but if you could fix the link I think a reminder would be good. PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
@BanditGirl:Is that why every time you try to set a date you end up with a new baby 😉 I’m hoping that OMG Mom was the minority and that it is not always seriosly painful.
Post # 15
My experience was actually really close to hers, with the exception of nurse having to be there when you went to the bathroom. All of that was my responsibility, though I did have to let them know the first time I went. I’ll just say I had complications afterwards. There was a container that you had to go to the bathroom in, and I had to alert the nurse.
I didn’t have an episiotomy, but I did tear, and that was painful for a long while. My hospital actually told me that I could take everything but the linens. I just hate that I forgot the squirt bottle. If they offer an inflatable doughnut, take it. It’s wonderful those first few weeks when it hurts to sit. Walking around was uncomfortable for a long time too.
Also, I had an epidural, and it was so difficult for me to pick anything heavy up for weeks afterwards, even my baby. I still have issues sometimes.
The upside was that I had my own private room with tv and food paid for completely. It made it a lot less awkward to walk around.
@Mrs. Spring: I agree with your statement. I was relieved to have her out of me. The last few weeks of pregnancy, Yuuki had her foot stuck in my ribs. After I delivered, the pain went away immediately, and it was so much better. I didn’t have a lot of energy, but it was great to be able to sleep the way I wanted again.
Post # 16
@MsBrooklynA: lol!!!! Could be!!! ;0) It’s probably why Darling Husband just said “We’re doing this today” and did the quickie wedding — because he didn’t want to wind up with yet another baby. However, he was wrong because we had that honeymoon baby!! I guess that was better than continually discussing it and continually having kids! lol!