You took the childbirth classes and read all the pregnancy books. You have your birth plan written up and the nursery is all set up and ready for your new baby. But have you looked into what will go on with you and your body during your postpartum journey?
I really didn’t, and I wish I would have. I spent so much time researching and preparing for the actual birth and for how to care for baby, that what would go on with me postpartum never really ever crossed my mind. And it turns out, they don’t cover it in most childbirth classes either.
Things happened postpartum that I never would have imagined; Most of them, not so pleasant. In this post, I’ll cover 8 shocking things that happened to me during my postpartum journeys.
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8 Shocking Things That Can Happen Postpartum
Listed below are 8 shocking things that can happen to your body during the postpartum period. But remember, everybody’s body and postpartum experience is different, so these may or may not happen to you. But either way, it’s certainly nice to be prepared!
1. ) Your Hair Might Fall Out
Postpartum hair loss is fairly common. Your hair may start falling out around one month postpartum or maybe not even until seven months postpartum. And, I’m not just talking about your baby pulling on your locks all the time. 😉
Hair loss during postpartum doesn’t necessarily mean you’re nutrient deficient. In fact, most of the time, it’s simply hormonal. The decline in estrogen allows all that lustrous hair that grew during your pregnancy to make it’s way out.
2.) Low Libido
Your first time “back in the sack” might be the most frightening time besides your very first. Even if you get the “okay” at your 6 week checkup, it may not be for AWHILE after that until you’re actually ready for sex emotionally and mentally. Plus, you and your partner might just be too exhausted for it anyways.
And, as it turns out, breastfeeding can kill your sex drive. Your husband may not understand this at first, and he might take it personally. Try to prepare him through daddy baby books, classes, and support groups.
3.) Bleeding for Weeks
You’re going to have the longest “period” of your life after giving brith. Are you enjoying those 9 months without aunt ruby? Soak it in because you’re about to bleed for a month straight. Fun right? :/
4.) No Period While Breastfeeding
If you breastfeed, your actual period may not return for quite some time. Some women don’t get their period until their baby/toddler is fully weaned, while other women aren’t so lucky and it returns within the first few months.
Mine returned at 10 months postpartum with my first baby, and 12 months with my second. Both were still breastfeeding at the time.
By the way, just because you’re breastfeeding and not having a period, doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant. Do not rely on breastfeeding as a form of contraception.
5.) Night Sweats
You may wake up multiple times a night for months sweating balls. This is your body getting rid of all the excess water it accumulated during pregnancy and your hormones balancing back to normal.
I thought menopause was the only time you got hot flashes; guess not. Your husband will probably think you’re crazy having him change the thermostat a million times.
6.) Postpartum Kidney Stones
You may have absorbed too much calcium throughout pregnancy, and now your body is left over with the excess and you get the luxury of winding up back in the hospital with kidney stones.
I will definitely take the pain of child birth again over kidney stones. At least with child birth, you get breaks in between contractions. With kidney stones, it’s just constant, excruciating pain. Not fun.
Help prevent postpartum kidney stones by drinking plenty of water, staying away from soda and too much sodium, and consuming kidney-healthy foods, like cranberries and lemon.
7.) Fluid Drops to Your Legs
If you thought the swelling was bad during pregnancy, just wait. A few days after birth, all that retained water you collected during pregnancy will start to migrate down to your legs and feet. Now you really won’t be able to get your shoes on.
If the swelling in your lower extremities is coupled with blurry vision, stomach pain, or a headache that doesn’t go away with medicine, head to your nearest emergency room, as these are all warning signs of postpartum preeclampsia.
8.) Painful Urination
I never knew going to the bathroom could be such a difficult, painful task. It may take you hours until you are finally able to pee after giving birth. And, man can it burn! Especially, if you tore during delivery.
One trick that helped ease the pain for me was to lean way forward when urinating. It may seem silly, but it really did help.
It’s also a great idea to load up on a good, preferably natural, stool softener, because guess what; It can be extremely difficult to poop postpartum as well.
Remember, everyone’s postpartum journey is different, and some of these things may not ever happen to you. But I hope these 8 shocking things that happened in my postpartum journey will help you be more prepared for yours.
What About You?
Are you prepared for your postpartum journey? Comment below and share a postpartum secret that no one told you about, and be sure to share this post with all your expecting mama friends.
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