By: Kymmie Krieger
From the moment you peed on that stick nine months ago, you’ve probably been dancing on a cloud of happiness, waiting for that little bundle of joy to be delivered, right? And aside from the morning sickness, sore breasts, and “cankles,” you’re totally overjoyed. Then after a few short (or very long) hours of screaming pain, a gooey little love of your life, who you’d instantly take a bullet for, enters your world. So, whether you are going it alone or have an army of support and advice (even unwanted perhaps), there are usually three big, burning questions that every new mother asks herself on that joyful ride home from the hospital.
1.“How long will I have to wear these not-so-comfortable, not-so-fashionable lady diapers?”
Ladies, if you’ve given birth already, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Whether natural or C-section, giving birth is a messy process. And although you have a sweet, snuggly baby to reward your heroic efforts, no one warned that you would have what feels like an eternal period. It’s no ordinary period, and no tampon can block this seemingly endless raging river, forcing you wear the largest pads you have literally ever encountered. Rest assured though, it WILL eventually stop, and you’ll get back to normal. But, in the meantime, you’ll have two sets of diapers to change.
2.Will I ever poop again after my C-section?
Whether by choice or not, C-sections come equipped with a few unexpected side effects. During a cesarean, your doctor is forced to slice through fat, muscle, and nerve endings. They literally scooped out your intestines and moved them aside in order to bring your precious baby into the world. So, as you can imagine, this procedure inevitably takes a while to heal. This means that all those nerves will also take a while to coordinate their efforts again. So, your best bet is to munch on some yummy fiber-filled foods, drink a lot of water, and wait….and wait. Not to worry though…#2 will come again!
3.How am I going to do all of this?
As you stare lovingly into the innocent eyes of that precious little gift that has joined your family, this question will inevitably run through your head…”What the hell do I do now?” But, have no fear! Every new mom asks herself this, and if any woman tells you she didn’t, she is totally lying! Figuring it all out is one of the many rewarding challenges of becoming a parent. You can literally read every parenting book that you can get your hands on, but in the end, it all comes down to trial and error and figuring out what works best for you and your baby. There truly is no magical recipe – it’s simply whatever makes you and your little one happy that matters.
So, let this be your mantra when you are groggy, sleepless, and irritable at one in the morning, rocking your crying baby to sleep while covered in spit-up, “All these things shall pass!” And, then, go grab yourself a refreshing glass of chilled wine. After all, after nine months of hosting a little guest in your tummy and the fun road of recovery that lies ahead, MAMA DESERVES IT!