What to Expect After pregnancy?

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What can i expect to happen after I give birth?? It makes me nervous im due in 5 weeks!

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Laura - posted on 07/14/2009

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Well, it will depend on whether you have a vaginal birth or a c-section. If you have a vaginal birth expect to be very sore especially if you have an episiotomy or tear. I had a third degree tear and was very sore for about a week. I can't speak for c-section.



You will have some bleeding afterward too. The bleeding ranges from heavy and then lightens after some time. You will have that for several weeks after your baby is born. Every woman is different. You will also probably experience night sweats as your hormones begin to change. It can be very annoying to wake up soaked, but it doesn't last too long. Your breasts will change some if you decide to breastfeed. Your milk will come in anywhere from 2-7 days after the birth. It took me about 6 days. I thought it would never happen. After giving birth you will also have some cramping in your uterus as it shrinks back down.



Be aware that after you have a baby, you can have different emotions. It is totally okay to find yourself crying at the drop of a hat. Your body and hormones have been through a lot. If you are ever concerned about anything, contact your doctor! Hope this helps!

Lynlee - posted on 07/14/2009

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Expect everything to change. That's probably one of the things that a lot of mothers are not expecting! I found having a little baby and giving birth etc quite a traumatic time - you don't realise it at the time but later on you register how hard it was. Be kind to yourself - don't try to go out much or recover too quickly - just rest and enjoy your baby.

Jessica - posted on 07/14/2009

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Expect the unexpected. You should go into motherhood knowing that everyday you will learn something new, about you and your baby. Babies can't tell time and they really don't care if you're tired, so be patient and remember that they can sense when you're stressed. On a more personal note, make sure you stock up on pads, you will bleed for 3-4 weeks. This is normal. No one mentioned this to me so just in case I thought I'd give you a heads up. Another tip, if you put a pillow down and lay on your stomach it helps your uterus to return to its prebaby size. It can be a little uncomfortable but it works. Good luck and CONGRATULATIONS!!

Gemma - posted on 07/14/2009

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well if you have a good baby it will sleep all the time and the best thing to do is not hold them all the time coz as they get older they will want it all the time dont be scared its not that bad i was 16 when i had my first im now 29 week pregnant with my second and im 18 in a week so do your best and dont worry xx

Erica - posted on 07/14/2009

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Joy, Love, and to be more tired than you have ever been in your life. It's not that instant gratification most women think they are going to have. You love this little child w/ all your heart but sometimes after you've gotten up for the10 time that night you start to wonder if it's worth it. Then he/she smiles at you for the first time and your heart is so full you think it will bust.



expect to not get a shower everyday expect to be tired and frustrated, accept help from your significant other and your family and just try to enjoy your little one. They grow up too fast. my little girl is 2 1/2 months already... it flies.



Hope this helps

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