5 Things Your OB/GYN Never Told You About After Giving Birth

July 30, 2015
It's only been two weeks since I gave birth and I am feeling so much better now. Most of my body aches are gone and my bleeding has lightened. But let me tell you what I've been through during my first few days after giving birth. 

Get ready, these are the things that your OB never told you about after giving birth:

  1. You will have a hard time peeing - If you had epidural, you'll definitely have a hard time peeing. You will not be able to feel your bladder even though it is full. Your nurse will keep coming back to your room to check whether you peed already or not. If not, she will then scare you and tell you that if you will not pee on her next visit, you will meet her handy-dandy catheter. 
    • TIP: all you have to do is relax. Sure, you will not feel your bladder but you can still somehow trick your mind into thinking that you can feel it. You'll eventually pee and escape the wicked nurse's catheter. 
  2. Going #2 will be the hardest and scariest thing you have to do - If you had a tear or an episiotomy, chances are you will be scared as hell to go #2. It's completely normal not to feel the urge to poop for a couple of days after you give birth. You'll get there, and I swear it was not the nicest feeling in the world. I would cry in the toilet because I did not poop for almost 3 days and It felt like my intestines are going to come out, worst, I felt like my stitches are going to rip apart. I was really about to go crazy.
    • TIP: take as much fiber rich food as you can while you are still pregnant, especially when you are near your due date. You have to help your body too so you will not have a hard time pooping. If eating fiber doesn't help, you can take laxative that is prescribed by your doctor. That's what I did and believe me that it will help you a lot. If these will not work, I hate to break it to you but suppositories are the next in line. So, good luck!
  3. You will deliver golf ball sized blood cloths - I seriously did not anticipate how much blood and how big my discharge will be. I mean, sure, I know I will bleed after pregnancy but my goodness! Everything is just so yucky that I cannot simply describe how horrible it is.
    • TIP: stock up on your maternity pads, bed pads, and longer sanitary napkins. Go for the super absorbent type so you can avoid having too much leak in your undies.
  4. Your body will feel like it's not yours and you will feel bad about it - I literally felt like my head was placed on someone else's body after I gave birth. My tummy was flabby and squishy which felt so weird. My rib cage felt as if someone punched it and I was just aching all over I was crying most of the time because I cannot move and felt like I was paralyzed. It was really scary.
    • TIP: get yourself some good pain relievers. Make sure that it is prescribed by your doctor. The changes will ease up a bit after a few days but you'll definitely still feel that your body is not yours.
  5. You'll be like one of the penguins from the movie Madagascar and Quasimodo from the cartoon Hunchedback of Notre-Dame - because you have the stitches, the body aches, and sleepless nights with your newborn, you will most likely be walking like a penguin with your back hunched most of the time. I don't know why, but it is the only body position that I am comfortable with whenever I am walking. Sometimes, I just don't want to walk and stay in bed.
    • TIP: get as much help as you need especially when moving around the house and taking care of your newborn. Get as much rest whenever you can. Eat lots of energy boosting food so you can get well really fast.
So, do not forget to also plan for yourself after you give birth. Recovery is one of the hardest thing to do when you have a newborn baby. Make sure you have someone to help you with things you cannot do so will not go crazy.

Rookie Mommy Ph - Still recovering and I cannot wait to get back on my feet again.
2 comments on "5 Things Your OB/GYN Never Told You About After Giving Birth"
  1. Thank you for this info. I will always remind myself about this. I'm in my 28 weeks of pregnancy. This will help me a lot & now I know what worst thing should I expect. :)

    1. Hi Mommy,

      Glad I could help. Thanks for dropping by my blog! Have a wonderful pregnancy and feel free to ask me for help if you need any. :)