Post # 45
cdncinnamongirl: That sounds horrifying. At least I know the truth now, before it happens one day.
So, a few more for the moms! How bad is the uterine cramping while breast feeding? Does it feel like a period cramp or more severe? How long does it take for your nipples to stop hurting/cracking/bleeding once you begin breastfeeding? Did you have the urge to snap at your partner/husband during labor and if so, did you say anything funny?
Post # 47
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
KatiePi: wtf, there’s cramping during BREASTFEEDING?
Us women can’t catch a break. Everything I’ve read sounds horrifying.
Post # 48
lealorali: Yep, sounds delightful right? From what I’ve read/heard/seen it helps the uterus return to its normal size.
Post # 49
MrsA1222: No. My husband was amazed that I gave birth lol. Our birth was pretty dicey so he told the story over and over and said I was a total rockstar. We have a ton of sex now still post baby. Also he wasn’t planning to look, he was up by my head but she just couldn’t look away lol.
Post # 50
KatiePi: My husband thought it would be okay to eat a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips in my hospital room while I was in labor. I wasn’t allowed to eat at that point so I was PISSED that he was eating and that he chose something w such an offensive smell. There was a lot of snapping!! He redeemed himself by bringing me flowers and my own bag of chips plus a sandwich post birth. 😉
The cramping duirng BFing sucks. Sometimes were worse than others. I would equate it to period cramping. It wasn’t unbearable but uncomfortable and annoying.
Post # 51
KatiePi: I was worried about cramping during breastfeeding, but for me it was really pretty mild and I only felt it sporadically. I also was lucky in that I did not have much trouble with cracking/bleeding nipples (actually no bleeding at all). I found it to be painful for about a month. It is not painful the whole time the baby is nursing, it is mostly when she latched.
To all of you reading these birth stories in fear, I felt the same way prior to giving birth. I didn’t think I could do it and was actually hoping for a c-section because I truly didn’t think I had it in me to push a baby out. I ended up being induced (which I would avoid at all costs again if I could) because I was a week and a half late. I had almost 24 hours of painful contractions, but could not get an epidural because I wasn’t dilating. Finally, I dilated 3 cm. and the doctor agreed to let me have an epidural. Once I had the epidural, my labor sped up and within hours I was finally able to push. Because I had the epidural, pushing wasn’t painful but there was a lot of pressure. Once my baby girl was delivered there was immediate relief. It is amazing how quickly your body feels normal again after being pregnant for so long.
Post # 52
KatiePi: honestly, the first day or two, I had cramps like half a dozen times while breastfeeding that I had to focus and breathe through (and apparently this gets worse with subsequent babies). After that it wasn’t that frequent or too painful.
I had blisters on my nipples after 2 days, and while they weren’t overly painful, the lacation consultant and my OB were SUPER fast to help me correct our latch and get some cream to heal them up.
A lot of the things you read about pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding sound absolutely horrific from the other side, but when you go through it, most of it is not overly bad. You’d be surprised at how capable and strong you are!
Post # 53
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
KatiePi: I have no idea what kind of cramping you are talking about.
Post # 54
KatiePi: I forgot to answer your other question!
I didn’t get mad at Darling Husband at all. I had no anger towards him. He didn’t say a whole lot. Just encouraged me (which means more than anything) and talked to the nurse. I didn’t get my epi until I was 10cm (I didn’t know I was 10cm at that point, no one bothered to check, I dialated REALLY quick)…so even with all my screaming and going on, he managed to be my rock. Nothing gave me more self-confidence than after I gave birth and Darling Husband told me how great I did. To this day he still tells me how awesome I was. lol
Post # 55
This thread is super helpful…
Another question, when you are dialated during labor, do you feel like you are down there? I have an image of it being like a gaping hole for some reason lol.
Post # 56
I actually found the pain was much more manageable once I was able to start pushing (10cm!!). Once I started pushing, I would say it felt a lot more like pressure (I didn’t have an epi). I kept having contractions about the same after I delivered my baby, since I was getting pumped full of pitocin and continued to have smaller contractions for a few hours later, especially while breastfeeding.