After Birth

Ashley - posted on 06/13/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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For some reason i'm more afraid of the After Birth process then labor... is that strange? Which experience was better and or worst?

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Mel - posted on 06/16/2009

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i also had the injection in my leg they didnt tell me what it was or that they were doing it and i asked them after they said it was to make the placenta come out and it did. theres no pain involved.

Lucy - posted on 06/16/2009

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I didn't experience any pain, i had the injection that speeds up the delivery of the placenta straight after my daughter was born and didn't even feel the placenta coming out.

Esther - posted on 06/15/2009

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I tried too but it didn't work for me or my son. We just couldn't seem to get it right and we were both getting hugely frustrated (he was also jaundiced so it was critical that I would get him to eat enough). I did want him to have the benefit of breast milk though so I ended up pumping and bottle feeding him breastmilk for 6 months. On this, as with most other things related to parenting - just roll with the punches. If it works out - great!! If not, you're baby will be fine too. Don't beat yourself up over it. It's great that you're taking the breastfeeding class. That could really help. Then again, it may still not work out. Such is life.

Ashley - posted on 06/15/2009

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A lot of woman i know didn't breastfeed.. However the ones that did i recieved mixed emotions.. some said it terrible and painful, some said after the first few times they were fine, and some said that they couldnt do it because they felt wrong breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a choice i made for myself.. i just hope he takes it.

Esther - posted on 06/15/2009

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Exactly - that's the attitude. You'll be fine! I found breastfeeding to be a lot more difficult than giving birth.

Ashley - posted on 06/15/2009

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Thanks for sharing your story,

i want to do all natural if all goes well; and one things for sure some people do get a kick off their pregnancy horror stories, thats why i posted this blog. I dont have a birth plan either; I start the birthing, child, and breastfeeding classes all in September so maybe later.. Bad cramps? lol i think im feeling better.. i use to have serve cramps that made me curl into a ball for most of life, so my pain tolerence is kinda high. i do realize that bringing a life into the world is alot more work than the making them in the first place... so yeah i dont mind the extra hard work.

Esther - posted on 06/15/2009

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No, I was induced and had an epidural. I did not prepare at all (did not want to hear all the horror stories) and did not have a birth plan (I figured it would probably go out the door after 5 mins anyway since you never know what you're in for). My son was what they call "sunny side up" so he was looking forward instead of toward my back. That meant it was difficult to get him out, which was further complicated by the fact that the cord was wrapped around his neck twice. I had back labor the entire time, had to have an episiotomy and after 6 hours of pushing, the doctor had to get him out using forceps. The pain was totally doable. It felt like bad menstrual pains to me. But doing sit-ups for 6 hours straight was tough. Especially since I normally couldn't do 2 in a row - haha. But I truly felt that the whole birth was SOOOO much easier than I could have hoped for. Even though they told me I had a difficult labor. I think a lot of it depends on your own attitude. I was putting a human being on the planet. That's worth a little hard work.

Ashley - posted on 06/15/2009

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Well if givng birth is anything like a real bad workout than i like i'll be ok.. i had thousand of those in dance lol

But did you do a all natural birth?

Esther - posted on 06/15/2009

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It was a long time. But I'd do it over again in a heartbeat. It really wasn't a big deal at all. Just the worst work-out of my life and without the baby to push out, the motivation to do another sit-up left me ;)

Ashley - posted on 06/15/2009

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Thank you Esther:)

At least you did have to push again..

6 hours omgish... thats a long time

Esther - posted on 06/15/2009

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I pushed for 6 hours to get my baby out and then it hit me that I might have to push again to get the placenta out too and I wanted to cry. However, my doctor just grabbed it and pulled it out and I didn't have to do a thing. I was so relieved.

Traci - posted on 06/14/2009

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I think it's cool! With my last child (my 3rd), I was busy taking pictures with my camera while they were delivering the afterbirth! lol ( pics of my baby...not taking pics of the goo--lol)

Ashley - posted on 06/14/2009

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Thanks all you! - for sharing your experiences and the advice:)

To those of you that were confused you did answer the question correctly about the after birth or if you like birth of the planceta.

Brittany - posted on 06/14/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

yeah the after is definately worse. everyone seems shocked when i say this though. birth is a breeze compared to the pain after the first few weeks are hell being so swollen not being able to go to the toilet because you are sore and swollen. well i wont go into anymore but its not pleasant. at least its all worth it when you have that beautiful baby!



This is definately true too! I thought it was worse than the actual labor and delivery. Make sure you get tuck's pads and take them to the hospital when you go. Line your pads with them.

Minnie - posted on 06/14/2009

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You mean pushing out the placenta?

After the birth of your baby you'll have a few minutes of no contractions. Then you'll start to get a little crampy again, and if you give one or two pushes the placenta just sort of gloms out of you. It's not painful at all, and it's not strange. It just happens, no biggie, and you don't even care.

Mel - posted on 06/14/2009

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yeah the after is definately worse. everyone seems shocked when i say this though. birth is a breeze compared to the pain after the first few weeks are hell being so swollen not being able to go to the toilet because you are sore and swollen. well i wont go into anymore but its not pleasant. at least its all worth it when you have that beautiful baby!

Lindsey - posted on 06/13/2009

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yeah i was kinda confused what she was asking for too so i just went for the most literal lol which was...lol "after birth..lol" so eh dunno what she really wanted :-\

Hollie - posted on 06/13/2009

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Oh...I just read the other replies. If you are talking about the actual afterbirth then no worries. You will be so excited and trying to catch a glimpse of the new baby that you won't even notice. I have had 3 and all I remember is the doc saying one more baby push and it ain't nothing.

Hollie - posted on 06/13/2009

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It is all amazing. Me personally....I love the labor and delivery part. Afterwards, it's the weirdest feeling....like somethings wrong but you don't know what or you don't know how to describe it. It's called the baby blues and is different from PPD. It only lasts a week or so and maybe not even that long and the way you experience it may be different than me but nobody ever said anything to me about it and I thought I was crazy!! LOL

Brittany - posted on 06/13/2009

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Quoting Lindsey:

i didn't even know about the after birth because you are so worked up about having the baby that they just sit there and wait for it to "detach" and you are paying attention to you baby and my mid wife was just like "ok now just a little push" didn't feel it at all just kinda came out felt like jello didn't hurt or anything

but yeah you will be way too excited aboutt he new baby on your belly that just came out u won't even be worried about the after part :) hope this helps!



I agree

Lindsey - posted on 06/13/2009

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i didn't even know about the after birth because you are so worked up about having the baby that they just sit there and wait for it to "detach" and you are paying attention to you baby and my mid wife was just like "ok now just a little push" didn't feel it at all just kinda came out felt like jello didn't hurt or anything



but yeah you will be way too excited aboutt he new baby on your belly that just came out u won't even be worried about the after part :) hope this helps!

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