Good to know – part 1

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There are things that it’s best to be left untold, but others you would be happier if you knew beforehand.

In my case, I would have loved to know that post-natal contractions (womb going back to it’s normal place) are much worse the second time around. These contractions exist and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Ok, this is true for 1) normal/natural births and 2) breastfeeding babies. I’m not sure how it works when it’s a C section and formula-fed babies. Anyone?

Apparently breastfeed the baby helps the womb/uterus to go back to its original place, which can take up to 6 weeks. And it can hurt a bit, like colics, or birth contractions. I remember the feeling, but I don’t remember feeling the pain – I do remember finding it quite interesting to feel the internal organs moving around (weird, I know) and the hips tightening. This time, the pain was unbelievable. I felt it straight after giving birth, when Bea had her first feed, still the in the whole mess of placenta, waters, blood and all. And it carried on until now. The midwife came here on Saturday and said that the first 24 hours are the worst, but it will last for a few days – not the 6 weeks though, thankgoodness.

Ah, and good to know: the pain gets worse with subsequent pregnancies. Baby 3?

P.S.: We can take paracetamol to ease the pain, but there’s a limit to the amount of pain killers we take a day – it’s far less than the amount of times you breastfeed.

P.P.S.: By no means I want to scare anybody. Some pains we just have to go through and are part of life. Yes, it hurts and yes, we could do without it, but it’s a small price to pay for the whole experience of birth/breastfeed/have a cute baby to look after.

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