Let’s talk about our bodies.
November 17, 2009

During my pregnancy, there was one thing that routinely shocked the stuffing out of me: I had no idea what to expect.  All of the clinical pregnancy books in the world told me that there would be heartburn and constipation and an overcharged sex drive, but none of them explained to me the difficulty of squeezing an enormous belly into a tiny public washroom stall.

To be fair, I appreciated knowing that it was completely normal to encounter mind-numbing constipation, the sort of constipation that consumes you so that you find yourself holding polite chit-chat and secretly thinking NEED TO POOP NEED TO POOP NEED TO POOP.  So when my butt was more uncomfortable than it had been, oh, EVER, it was nice to know that I was not alone and that billions of women before me had complained about their lack of pooping too.

But is it really too much to ask that some publisher somewhere market a book telling you about the nitty gritty?  Like that you might have to gather momentum to get off the couch?  Or that when you are pushing with all your might, you will still wonder ARE THEY SURE I’M GOING TO HAVE A BABY?  Or, I don’t know, how about the farting?  I wish someone would have warned me that I could have powered an entire city block for a year just with a single hour of my fart energy.

And pregnancy was nothing NOTHING, I TELL YOU compared to life postpartum.  I had no idea that there would be so.much.blood.  That I would squirt milk UP, INTO MY EYES when I tried to express manually in the shower.  That anything involving laughing, sneezing, or coughing would scare the living daylights out of me.  I had no idea that when I walked around, I would make this horrible squelching sound for weeks and that farts would just pop off whenever they wanted.

More than anything, though, it would have been nice to know that pooping postpartum would be no big deal.  When it came to that particular biological function, every ounce of common sense flew out the window.  I spent FOUR DAYS literally scared shitless because WHAT IF MY UTERUS FELL OUT?  When I could no longer hold the poop inside of me, I gave the baby to my husband and started praying.  Forty minutes later, the poop just sort of slid out of my body, soft and gross, with no help from me whatsoever.  And even though I’m pretty sure I had nothing to do with that, I am still pretty damned proud of myself.

That’s right.  That’s something nobody told me about postpartum life.  That I would spend, gosh, FOUR MONTHS proud of the fact that I pooped.

So you tell me: what surprised you about your pregnant or postpartum body?  Can you ever REALLY be prepared?  (If you’ve never been pregnant or if you’re a man: do you feel like you have a good idea of what to expect?)

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  1. By Kate on November 17, 2009

    I did feel like I had a good idea of what to expect… until I read your post :)

    Maybe now I’m all set?

    Maybe you should write the book?

  2. By Katelyn on November 17, 2009

    I never would have thought, 18 months out, that I would still pee myself a little every time I reach for a ball playing soccer.  DRIVES ME FREAKING INSANE!!!

  3. By peach on November 17, 2009

    OMG. now i’m scared to have a baby ; )
    but seriously, this was an awesomly honest post and i appreciate it in preparing me for what’s to come….

  4. By on November 17, 2009

    I cannot believe the amount of hair that falls out of my head everyday. I have nightmares of going bald. No one ever told me about that.
    And my once enviable soft soft feet have turned into my mom’s sandpaper desert feet.

  5. By Cambria Copeland on November 17, 2009

    Pooping was the worst at the beginning of both of my pregnancies and postpartum. Postpartum, especially, so much so that this is the part of the whole shabang that I am dreading with my current pregnancy/L&D - pooping after delivery! 

    But on the pooping note, I was warned it might happened, and it did… Pooping on the delivery table.  I am a VERY private person when it comes to pooping and farting (you wouldn’t know it by my comment).  But in the midst of my pushing (maybe 30 minutes into my 2.5 hour adventure) I pooped. My other half asked the nurse if it was my “plug” and the nurse just giggled.  Embarrassed, I was mentally trying to tell her “Yes, tell him it’s my plug, TELL HIM!“  But he’s a smart guy and figured it out. 

    So much for modesty.

    At the moment with this pregnancy I am having fun with heartburn and my very quick barf reflex. 

    TMI - but since we are on the topic :)

  6. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on November 17, 2009

    Oh my goodness, Cambria, I was soooo worried about pooping on the delivery table.  I told my husband that if I did, he was instructed to look away and to pretend it never happened.

    Luckily, it did not.  But I have a feeling that’s because I pooped out everything I had about ten minutes before I went into hard labor.  And when that was going on, I was scared that I might give birth in the toilet lol.

    Kiki - I KNOW.  My hair is the same way.  When I was pregnant, I stopped losing hair at the end and then a couple months later, I’m practically going bald.  It’s slowed down alot in the last two weeks, so I’d almost forgotten about that.

  7. By on November 17, 2009

    Since you are being so honest here is my contribution. I have 4 children: 3 vaginal unmedicated births, and 1 c-section. I breastfed each for the first year. Stretch marks are bad, but stretch marks on top of stretch marks are awful. The skin just above my pubic area is paper thin with no elasticity what so ever. If I pull the skin taught, you can see through it (thankfully it’s in an area that is easy to cover) Everyone mentions that your nipples will experience changes and get larger. No one mentioned that a circle of bumps around the nipple (called Mongomery’s tubercules)may become more pronounced in preparation for breast feeding - and then may stay that way! Really not very happy about that new look! Honestly though, I wouldn’t trade what I went through (continue to go through) The fact that we can GROW children is amazing - we had/have a person growing inside of us - things are going to change!

  8. By on November 17, 2009

    OMG the pooping. I had hyperemesis gravidarum and was on a Zofran pump. Zofran is constipating. Plus, bananas were one food that I never threw up, so I ate a lot of them. Bananas are also very constipating. One day I pooped—and this is no exaggeration—a poop the size of a softball.

    It would not come out. I actually sat in the shower hoping that the water would loosen it up enough so that it could come out. While I was in there freaking out, I yelled “I can’t believe this is my F***ING life!!!“

    Now whenever I’m in the bathroom longer than usual my husband will tentatively knock on the door and ask how my life is.

  9. By kim on November 17, 2009

    I had to have an episiotomy, so pooping after was a huge issue as i felt i was going to rip the stitches, so feel for you in that first one! Amazing how the body somehow just figures out those functional items.

    Nipples, yea, big as pie plates now…. well slight exaggeration.

    Belly bump that never went away, and now at 53 growing at an alarming rate

    other than that, it’s allllll goooood!

  10. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on November 17, 2009

    Jessica - Bwahahahahahahaha.  One time, I had to give myself an enema (Crohn’s disease thing, not a postpartum thing) and I was in the bathroom crying because I had no idea what to do.  Two family members were there at the time and one knocked on the door to ask if I needed help.  Just as I was about to say no thank you, the other family member chimed in.  “Yuck,“ they said, “THAT IS TRUE LOVE, SARAH.“  Ah.  When poop and family mix.

    Also, towards the end of my pregnancy, I clogged toilets like nobody’s business.  I kid you not.  I clogged the toilet at home one night, so badly that my husband couldn’t unclog it right away, we had to let things dissolve and soften in the water a bit.  Then the next morning, I clogged the toilet AT MY BABY SHOWER.  And then a few days later, I clogged up the same toilet at home.  If I leave the bathroom and it is even remotely smelly, my husband asks if his manly damage control is needed.  Jerk =P

    Those stories told, then, um, you deserve major props for your experience.  Ugh.  I would have said so much worse if I were trying to pass a softball =(

  11. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on November 17, 2009

    Sue V - Oh my word, I never realized those bumps might not go away.  Just one more thing to mourn about the loss of my cute, perky, pink little nipples.

  12. By Alicia on November 17, 2009

    1. Unlike you - I had NO sex drive. My son is almost 7 months old, and while I regularly want it, it still terrifies me. Without a doubt. The single worst part of pregnancy for me.

    2. Hemrhoids (I hate that word so much I didn’t even bother to look up how to spell it).

    3. we all know boobs sag - but for some reason i always assumed “it just won’t happen to me”. When I was naked while pregnant, with my boobs laying on my stomach my husband told me on more than one occasion that I looked like something out of the amazon. I prayed it would be that bad once my belly deflated… no such luck.

    4. galbladder! Right around the end of my pregnancy I got the worst pains ever in my chest. I was never pregnant before and just thought ‘maybe it’s contractions”. I described it to my doctor and she said it was NOT contractions. I found out a few weeks after my son was born that I had galstones… not uncommon for pregnant women to get them.

    I’m sure I could go on and on. I don’t think any amount of reading/stories could ever prepare you.

  13. By on November 17, 2009

    Sarah: I hear you about poop and family. We often have quite a bit of poop talk at our family gatherings. My dad has colon cancer and I have IBS. I suspect that my sister has IBS too. On top of that, a bunch of us are lactose intolerant.

    Anyway, it’s quite a shock to go from having diarrhea so often from the IBS that I had to take Immodium every day to being so constipated that I pooped a softball. But there it is.

    Is your Chron’s better or worse after pregnancy? My IBS/lactose intolerance is a lot better than it was before. That was one really good change.

  14. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on November 17, 2009

    Jessica - My Crohn’s is ALOT better.  When I was pregnant, I never had a single symptom.  Now that I’ve had the baby, sometimes I feel a little off, so I’m extra careful, but I’m still not really having any problems and I have been able to be much more liberal with my diet.  It is so cool.  So cool.  My doctor told me that it’s pretty normal for Crohn’s women to experience a “euphoric period” without symptoms, and apparently that can last as long as the pregnancy or as long as the nursing or the rest of a woman’s life, so I’m really really hoping that it continues for awhile!

  15. By kirsten on November 17, 2009

    Oh geeze ... I am one who has not yet squeezed out a baby, but I already have trouble pooping (one of many digestive issues it is my great delight—barf, NOT—to possess), so I can’t imagine how plugged up I am going to get should I get pregnant. Thanks for keeping a sister informed!!

  16. By on November 17, 2009

    Sarah: That’s AWESOME!

    I decided that there were only 3 good things about being pregnant:

    1. You end up with a baby
    2. Feeling the baby kick (although at the end, I was over that, foot in the ribs and all)
    3. I could EAT CHEESE!!!!

    And I still can eat cheese! Bonus!

  17. By *emilie* on November 17, 2009

    that’s crazy, i was just talking about that with my mum today. all these books about pregnancy and delivery, and so little about post-partum.
    i wish someone would have told me about it so i could get prepared.. mentally. and buy a shitload of grown-up diapers.

    i realise that the thing that shocked me the most was the look of my girly parts after birth. that image will be stuck in my head for ever. i experienced a LOT of pain peeing for 4 weeks after Alice’s birth. i could only pee in the shower (which has now been desinfected, i swear !!). I had to ask for puking meds at the hospital just because of the peeing pain. and the terrible feeling of never being a real woman EVER again. how could you when you can’t even sit. or laugh ? HOW ? and the smell. all that blood that has a really weiiiird smell to it (please make that dog not come and smell my crotch, pleaaase)

    BUT it does go away, and i must say, when it does, you just realise how much you love your “Normal” body, no matter how much saggier, thicker, stickier from breastmilk it has become !

  18. By Mailis on November 17, 2009

    My pregnancy was charmed, so I did not experience much discomfort until post partum…(aside from feeling like I had been repeatedly kicked in the crotch by God himself and the diabolical hip pain of death…)

    Then my water broke and I didn’t go into labor, so I was induced. Because there was some concern about my son’s heart rate, the nurses kept starting and stopping the medication…so, labor ended up being 32 hours long with very painful contractions that were 1 minute apart… ;)

    When I did push, I pooped a little (while the baby’s dad giggled a bit, but tried to reassure me that it wasn’t too bad) AND, the doctor that was “helping” me push decided that she needed to insert 2 fingers into me while the baby was crowning so I ripped INSIDE and needed an episiotomy simply so she could fix what she had done inside.

    Soon after, I discovered my perineum…and cried. I’d had an epidural and had frozen too much, so my entire lower body filled with fluid (did anyone else experience this?)...including that area. My legs and feet were sausages and I could barely walk. 2 weeks later, walking was still difficult. I developed a bladder infection because I could not get up to pee every few seconds.

    Thank goodness my son is adorable.  ;)

  19. By Alisha on November 17, 2009

    belly laughs by jenny mccarthy is supposedly (haven’t read it yet, but have heard from trusted sources) HILARIOUS and truthful. She does have a first year book as well, may be worth a look?

    I am a natural birther, so when they push on your abdomen to see if your uterus is contracting AFTER the birth (and you can completely feel it), WANTED TO THROW MY NURSE ACROSS THE ROOM. I am not a yelling, grumpy, hateful birther, either, so that amount of anger was really surprising to me, but hey, it hurt more than the BIRTH!

    the hair thing really surprised me as well, but i’ve embraced the pixie cut! haha. Now the second time around my hair is getting all luscious again, hooray! Just keep taking those pre-natals ladies!

  20. By on November 17, 2009

    Too much pooping was my problem post partum. I pooped incessantly while in labor, with an epidural so it just kept coming whenever I had a contraction. Then afterwards, unable to get out of bed due to a botched epidural (only worked on one side, so I had a paralyzed leg for a while) I pooped on a bedpan, filled it to the top, was holding myself above it with my arms, continuing to poop ABOVE THE RIM, until a nurse could come with a new pan. I was never constipated during pregnancy, so I have no idea where all this came from, but boy it would not stop coming. It was traumatic.

  21. By on November 17, 2009

    I’m 20 weeks pregnant with my first so I want to THANK YOU so very much for this blog!  I started reading well before i got pregnant and I look forward to every post now!  If they’re not new, I read old ones!

    I did not expect to throw up as much as I did from weeks 6-16.  Everywhere I read said it would be over around weeks 12-13.  WRONG. not to that extent (thanks,  My husband and I went to dinner and a movie this past Friday night and apparently she did like what mommy ate and I spent 20 minutes puking in the theater bathroom.  (After being that close to their toilets, I will NEVER sit on one again.)  So much for being done with that part!
    I was extremely constipated in the beginning, too, which I was aware would probably happen, but not to that extent (thanks, Zofran!)  I have never been in so much pain from not being able to poo in my life!  So, I could barely eat and whatever I did manage to get down wouldn’t come out.  I didn’t think that would happen to me.

    Other than that, I’ve been sort of prepared for the rest of what’s changed so far.  I’ll look back on this in 20 weeks and see if I still agree!

    P.S.  Thank you for warning me about all the post-partum bleeding!  Yikes!

  22. By Alisha on November 17, 2009

    just think of the post-partum bleeding as 9 months of periods. with that perspective, it REALLY isn’t abnormal. I WILL say that miralax is GOOD for after the baby (and during pregnancy, totally safe) for constipation. If you’re having “gushy” heavy period type days after the baby, you need to TAKE IT EASY. You do need to rest after having a baby. There is NOTHING WRONG with being in bed all day, nursing your little one. Its good, actually. and TONS of work, so have that be your only “job” for the first couple weeks.

  23. By on November 17, 2009


    I had to take Zofran the WHOLE pregnancy. I even took some while in the hospital waiting to be induced (and then had some injected into my IV during labor).

    However, I was able to get rid of the Zofran pump after I started feeling somewhat better around week 20. So it does really get better for most people, but I think if you had it really bad it lasts longer.

  24. By Cambria Copeland on November 17, 2009

    HEMROIDS!  I forgot about that (how could I)!  I had to take Zofran, too, early on with my current pregnancy and didn’t know if caused constipation and I spent many hours crying, practically punching wholes in the walls of our bathroom working through the hemroid pain.  Explains so much!

  25. By Megan on November 17, 2009

    No children, no pregnancies.  I know about the blood, and pooping and sex, from friends with kids, but what I failed to realize until recently is that BABIES DON’T SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT.  HUH WHAT?  There may come a time when I have to wake up countless times in a night to change a diaper, or feed a baby, or just because someone is crying?????  How did I miss that?

  26. By Amanda Strong on November 17, 2009

    1. The Farting. Yes, oh yes. Just last night, during a Happiest Baby Seminar my husband and I were taking he leans over and quietly whispers, “You just farted, didn’t you?“ Some days are worse than others but we’re both looking forward to the day when my farting frequency drops.
    2. The Inability to bend over the pick something up, to get out of a car, chair, couch, bed, buckle the straps on your favorite high heeled Mary Janes? I struggled the other day to grab a piece of paper that had fallen on the floor in the car. I couldn’t. get. far. enough. forward. Later we were sharing a smoothie. My husband placed it in the cup holder which is far forward on the console. I just pointed and looked at him because there was no way I was able to reach that baby.
    3. Lack of poo. You could set a clock by me previously. Now? It’s out of control and when it does come I need a bathroom. NOW. No waiting.

  27. By on November 17, 2009

    Jessica:  I definitely have days when I want to take Zofran, but I’m trying desperately not to.  It seems like rainy days are the worst for headaches and nausea.  I’m not sure why.  But it’s good to know I’m not the only one and, sadly, there are some who’ve had it worse :(  At least I know she’s healthy!

    Oh, and Sarah, I forgot to mention that I was getting ready the other day and I just kept farting!  They would just slip out unexpectedly.  I definitely didn’t expect that to happen.

  28. By Alias Mother on November 17, 2009

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this.  But I’m going to say it.

    I pooped on the delivery table.  Not just once, but CONTINUALLY.  Push after push.  For like an hour.  The sweet nurses kept whisking it away and saying things like, “Oh, honey, everyone does it.  It’s fine.“  But I know that every time they’d walk down the hall to dispose of it their colleagues would say, “Oh my god, is she STILL pooping?“  Labor didn’t make me cry, the four hours of unproductive pushing didn’t make me cry, the emergency c-section didn’t make me cry, but the shame at the pooping?  Made me cry. 

    I am anxious just typing this.  I may need therapy.

  29. By on November 17, 2009


    Don’t worry about the Zofran, I probably ingested the baby’s weight (9 lbs 15oz at birth) in Zofran and she is perfect.

    I was worried about it at first until a nurse explained to me that there are also risks associated with being dehydrated and malnurished. If you’re throwing up all the time, the Zofran is the less risky course of action.

    If you’re not throwing up then that is different of course.

  30. By Beth in SF on November 17, 2009

    Oh gosh I know.  My mom came to visit when I was 5 days postpartum and as soon as I saw her I started to cry and said, “I think I’m going to have to poop today”.

  31. By Alicia on November 17, 2009

    I forgot to add that (six months postpartum) I’m STILL waiting to get back my bladder control.

  32. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on November 17, 2009

    Amanda - Oh no, I seriously already had forgotten about not being able to buckle the straps on my heels.  I remember the first time it happened to me too.  We were already late to a friend’s wedding and I had to change my outfit because I didn’t have any shoes that would work.  Next time, I’m going to make my husband buckle the straps.  By the end of my pregnancy, I was asking him to help me tie my shoes anyway, might as well get an early start.

    Alias Mother - If it makes you feel better, a girl I grew up with had the same thing.  She said she pooped for like three hours straight, just poop poop poop poop poop.

    Jessica - My big happy moment was with raw carrots.  Raw carrots always gave me a run for my money, but during pregnancy, I could eat as many raw carrots as I wanted.  And I still can.  I am now on a mission to become a rabbit.

  33. By on November 17, 2009

    Another thing that we are not prepared for…passing clots after the baby.  I swear, I thought I passed my liver one day postpartum.

  34. By Mailis on November 17, 2009

    How about waking up in a pool of your own milk?

    It’s kinda like a day at the spa. And not.

  35. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on November 17, 2009

    Mailis -  OH OH OH, and the engorgement.  I wish someone had told me that if I were engorged and my boobs got cold - from walking out of a shower or in front of a box fan - then I would want to die.

    Ugh.  Breastfeeding sucked donkey balls at the beginning, now that I think of it.

  36. By Mailis on November 17, 2009

    Oh my gawd, yes…cold, engorged boobs = all kinds of badness.

    No one told me that a baby crying…any baby, mind you…would cause a letdown the size of Niagara Falls. I thought they would just kinda…trickle. Oh no. These puppies can soak through anything…doubled breast pads, my shirt, my coat…and anything else that gets in the way.

    I am still in the donkey balls stage. I drown my baby…and we are now bottle feeding until my poor son can deal with the torrential downpour…

  37. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on November 17, 2009

    Mailis - The first time my boobs leaked, this is going to sound so gross, but it was when I was in the bathroom.  I pushed to poop and milk just started shooting out of my breasts.  Until then, I had no idea that milk could come out in multiple directions AT THE SAME TIME FROM THE SAME BREAST.  That will never cease to amaze me.  Also, ever since then, I have made an effort to never poop if my boobs are full.  I have no intention of reliving that humiliation ever again.  When I came out of the bathroom, my husband just about died from laughing at me.

    I just met with a new moms group yesterday for the first time.  One of the women has a new baby and two of them have babies slightly older than my daughter.  ALL OF US spent about an hour waxing on and on and on about how much breastfeeding sucked at the beginning.

  38. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on November 17, 2009

    (Oh, also, stick with it, it’ll get better!  I’m a huge overproducer, but even my body is slowly starting to adjust and Charlotte is better at dealing with the raining-milk syndrome everyday.)

  39. By Megan on November 17, 2009

    Someone mentioned Jenny McCarthy’s books.  I’ve read them ALL, and they are ALL phenomenal.  Who knew the girl from the MTV dating show, and various other d-u-m-b projects would flourish as a mother!

  40. By on November 17, 2009

    No kids here, but I am laughing my ass of right now reading everyone’s posts!  Okay so the experiences might not have been funny at the time, but I LOVE how honest everyone’s being.  I need the honesty if I’m ever going to have a baby.  It’ll probably be years from now so Sarah you better keep up with the blogging.

  41. By on November 17, 2009

    No one told me you would leak milk whenever you hear or see a baby!

  42. By Lauren on November 17, 2009

    No one told me that your breasts might leak from as early as 4 months. To the point where I wore breast pads throughout my pregnancy.
    No one told me about all the blood afterwards! I was shocked at the amount and had to be reassured.
    And my breasts grew at different times, one much faster than the other. One of them is larger than the other, and the areola is about 1cm bigger in diameter than the other. They look like two completely different boobs on my chest, and they’ve remained that way after the first and into the 2nd pregnancy. Darn infuriating!

  43. By Baby Boy on November 18, 2009

    OMG this is so funny but I can totally relate. The farts were the absolute worst but some how I don’t think I would have managed to walk up the stairs without the “jet propulsioned” rear : ) Great Post Sarah!  I love your amazing personality.

  44. By on November 18, 2009

    The comments strangers make!!  People you don’t know touching your belly, telling you their horror stories, giving you unsolicited advance and generally scaring the hell out of you!!!  Oh, and commenting on how big you are.  If you one more person tells me I look like I’m ready to pop, I’m going to pop them!!!!  Forgive me, I’m a little cranky, my little one is due in two weeks:)

  45. By Lauren on November 18, 2009

    I unfortunately had a painful pregnancy - especially at night in bed- round ligament pain and pelvic girdle pain.  Honest to blog no exaggeration - it felt like a knife was being stuck into each of my ovaries if I moved the wrong way in bed.  Hurt worse than labor.  But the pain never lasted long and I think it prepared me for the pain of childbirth. 

    I also had no idea that you can FEEL your baby moving down your body and coming out of you.  That feeling was so monumental it made me insanely happy I decided not to take the epidural at the 11th hour and extremely proud of my uterus.

    Oh yeah, and a heads up on the uncontrollable farting would have been nice.  especially for those around me.

  46. By erin on November 18, 2009

    Okay, so I’m a bit late to the game, but what surprised me during pregnancy was how insanely HUGE my feet got.  My OB actually said mine were two of the worst she had ever seen.

    Postpartum - I was terrified that if I push to poop, I would rip open my uterus/C scar.  I am still amazed that 6 months later, it STILL aches sometimes.  And when the baby kicks me (while we’re playing or something) on the scar, DAMN, it hurts.

    Also, I am actually kind of relieved that you said you pushed and milk came out.  Every time I push hard now I feel a little like I am letting down, which is so strange, but I swear it’s true, and now I know I’m right. :)

  47. By erin on November 18, 2009

    Also, how fun was your mommy group?  I hope you loved it.  I know mommy group is not for everyone and it really depends on the other moms there, but still, I hope you love it as much as I love mine.

  48. By on November 19, 2009

    HOLY MOLY you guys are cracking me up! I read your blog now every day sarah. In fact I probably check it a couple times a day just in case there are more updates. I read your post to my husband ALL the time because often it’s exactly how I feel. Our little ones are not that far apart! My little guy was born on august 9th! Anyways the farting during pregnancy is RIDICULOUS! The pooping was bad during pregnancy but way worse postpartum. It hurt so bad to go! And I was afraid to push because of the c-section! It would take me so long to work through the pain I would have to hold it until the baby was sleeping so that I could spend the time I needed on the toilet! It was horrible.

    Yeah and the bleeding postpartum does smell funny. I had very little because of the c-section but I hated the way it smelled.

    and breast-feeding. UGH. Now I can’t imagine not breast-feeding. But in the beginning with the bleeding nipples and engorgement, ugh, horrible.

  49. By on November 24, 2009

    Great blog!  And to think I thought pregnancy was tough..compared to postpartum, it was a breeze..


    1. The first bowel movement felt like my insides were about to be pulled out of me.  I literally was wincing and white knuckeling my sink because it hurt so bad..not fun.
    2. The bleeding is bad, but no one ever really tells you how LONG the beeding with last.  It’s like being on your period (x10) for over a month
    3. Don’t even get me started on the breastfeeding.  Cracked/bleeding nipples, lopsided breasts, sagging, having to pump because baby gets fussy, plugged ducts, etc…I think i’ve experienced it all
    4. I wonder how often everyone showers because I MAY get the chance or time to shower once a week.  That means I’m basically walking around with dried spit up, greasy hair, and god knows what around for a week.  I don’t know how my husband can still stand to have any physical contact with me.

    I never knew having a baby would be this hard..but it’s all worth it when my little baby girl looks me in the eyes and gives me a great big smile :)

  50. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on December 02, 2009

    All I can say is - wow.  I’m glad to read stuff like this though because you’re right, they don’t tell you a lot about post-partum.  And since I will be experiencing it first hand in a couple of weeks, I’d really like to know.  And I’m really not looking forward to the whole pooping thing. 

    I will say that so far I have been pretty fortunate.  I haven’t had the gas issues that bad (knock on wood) and I’ve been fairly regular so I’m just praying it stays that way for these last several weeks.  But yeah, I’m not looking forward to the pooping thing.  Did I already mention that?





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