Ohhhh, childbirth. The most painful, yet the most wonderful thing you will ever experience in your life. I spent months researching everything I possibly could about having a baby, but I never really had anyone tell me the extent of what you go through after the baby actually makes their way into the world. Well, wonder no more ladies- here are 7 things no one told me about having a baby.
Since I am officially recovered and feeling awesome, I felt that it was time to share what you really need for post-partum recovery! Well, what I needed anyway;) I had a few things that seriously helped me recover from the trauma that is childbirth, and I knew I needed to share them. This is by no means going to be a glamorous post……But recovering from a baby is basically the least glamorous thing you will ever do. Ever. Ever. Ever.
- Padsicles. Don’t let anyone tell you they don’t work. They. Are. Amazing. My hospital gave me a huge bag of them to take home, so I never had to make any….But here is a how-to if you need to make your own. I had a crap ton (yeah, that many) of stitches, so they really helped you know….numb the area.
- Nipple Cream. Lucy and I haven’t exactly had the smoothest breastfeeding journey thus far, so this stuff is a necessity. The day I came home from the hospital I was in so much pain, I couldn’t stop crying! I used the Motherlove Nipple Cream, and I think it definitely helped to speed up the healing process. I can not tell you how important it is to get into contact with a lactation consultant though, and make sure your babe has a good latch, or else you will be like me rocking back and forth icing my nips 24/7.
- Motrin. Have that shit in every room. You’ll need it. Again, I had a crap ton of stitches….So maybe if you didn’t need your lady bits completely sewn back together, you could do without it. I however, could not. Just take the meds.
- Stool Softeners. I’m going to be very real, and very blunt….The thought of pooping after having a baby is absolutely freaking TERRIFYING. Stool softeners will make the experience much more pleasant. I promise.
- Big ole’ undies, also known as granny panties. Coming home after you give birth to a small (but feels very, very large at the time) human, the last thing you want to do is scurry into your pre-baby cute underwear. For one, they probably don’t fit; and two, you are in no condition down there to be wearing anything tight ANY time soon. At least me anyway, but see above statement *lady bits being completely sewn back together* I went to Walmart and picked up the biggest pair of Hanes briefs and settled in. I didn’t even splurge for the bikini cut….I mean, who am I trying to impress here. I also highly recommend snagging as many pairs of the mesh underwear from the hospital as possible, and don’t feel bad….They are charging you thousands of dollars to birth a child, take the free stuff. “free” lol.
- Nursing bras. So many people told me I didn’t need nursing bras, so I only had two. Well listen here, they lied to me. Nursing bras are SO convenient. They make it so much easier to just whip out your boob and not fumble around with pulling up your sports bra and covering it in milk. I love the sports bra style with the clips (I have THESE), they are so comfortable and an absolute must!
- Nursing Pads. I had no clue that your boobs just leak at any given time. Keep nursing pads in your bra at all times, or else you will be like me and be casually getting ready for the day in your freshly cleaned clothes (which is a huge accomplishment when you just had a baby) and you look down to see milk covering your shirt. & if you’re like me, you leave it for a few hours. Seriously, this is glamorous stuff people. These Lansinoh pads are my favorite.
- Post-Partum Belly Band. I don’t know that this really made a life changing difference in the size of my stomach, but it helped me to feel so much more put together the first week after I gave birth. You are so jiggly those first few days, so anything to really suck you in will make you feel just a tiiiiny bit better about yourself. A tiny bit.
So there you have it, eight things that really helped me recover from the whirlwind of childbirth. There are definitely more things that I am probably just completely blanking on, but these stood out. I managed to feel semi-normal again relatively quickly, and by four weeks I felt amazing! Lucy was 100000% worth it all, and I would still do it a million more times;) Happy recovering!
Where to even begin! Our sweet little Lucy is three weeks old today, and she completely changed our lives forever! I am finally getting around to sharing Lucy’s Birth Story, but this post is going to be very long winded….you’ve been warned;)
We are so excited to announce the arrival of our baby girl, little miss Lucy Clare Albert! She was born July 18th at 7:38 am, weighing in at a perfect 6 lbs 12 oz & 20.5 inches long.
Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I went to my weekly prenatal appointment, and I found out that my usually perfect blood pressure decided to go up….and stay up. So I spent an hour hooked up to a non-stress test, had blood taken, and now I get to do a 24 hour at home urine sample. JOY. Also, I found out I’m not dilated. Really I am just starting to think that I might be pregnant forever;) Baby girl did great with the NST though, and I even had a few contractions while I was hooked up to the monitors! I’ve been praying for patience this week, and realizing that the longer she cooks the better….& the chunkier the thighs (for me and her;).
In other news, Shane and I put up this gold heart decal from Urban Walls last night, and it’s exactly what I pictured for over our little’s crib. It was pretty tedious, and Shane was definitely not impressed that I recruited him to do it….But it’s worth it, because I’m in love! Now we just need the baby:) I will be sharing a full nursery tour in the next couple weeks, and I am SO EXCITED.
I think that’s about it for updates this week! My car got backed into yesterday in a parking lot, so I will be spending the rest of my afternoon dealing with insurance…My favorite pass time! It’s always something, isn’t it?;) I hope you are all having a wonderful week!
Labor Signs: I’ve definitely been feeling cramps and I have been getting more and more uncomfortable every day….But nothing worth timing yet!
I was oblivious to the fact that when you are 9 months pregnant, NOTHING fits great. Nada. Nothing. I have a hole in the crotch of every single pair of leggings I own (no shame), and I have a few dresses that still looks decently modest. I’m using the term “modest” pretty loosely, because really…..Everything is just a little too short. I am a vision these days, let me tell you what. One thing that does fit though, is my Blanqi Maternity Support Tank! This tank is seriously magic, it sucks everything in and makes me feel much more confident at 36 weeks pregnant:) I am feeling bigger and bigger every day, but it just keeps getting more real! Life is about to get crazy, and I have been feeling every emotion in the book the last few days. My due date is in less than a month, and even though I am feeling great most days….I am definitely ready to meet this girl. Ready or not, PARENTHOOD.
I am so close to being finished with our little’s nursery, but since I won’t actually be sharing a full tour of her room until after she’s here (her name is covering the walls, and we really want to keep it to ourselves for now;), I wanted to share a sneak peek!
I can not even begin to describe the feeling that comes over me when I walk in this room. Just thinking about rocking my baby girl during the night in this rocker and seeing it all come together gives me serious butterflies. I am so, SO excited to be a mama. I know it won’t be easy, and it won’t all be rainbows and sunshine…But I can’t wait! I sit in her room at some point everyday and I just smile, it is by far my favorite room in the house:) The full tour will be up as soon as this girl decides to make her entrance in a few weeks!
Labor Signs: None! I barely even have Braxton Hicks. That’s just fine with me though, keep packing on that thigh chub;)
Last time I checked, I was 6 weeks pregnant trying to hide my nausea from the world, and now here I am 33 weeks pregnant sharing my maternity photos! Life is crazy, seriously. The good kind of crazy;) I am absolutely in love with these photos, and I am so grateful to have such a talented friend that whipped them out for us in no time! If you are local to the Northern, IL area I definitely recommend checking out Kaitlyn B Photography, you won’t be disappointed! I’m so happy I decided to take maternity photos, and I can’t wait to show our little girl what she looked like in her mama’s belly someday (and the chubby cheeks and cankles she gave me;)
I also wanted to share the details on my floral dress (since I know I’ll get questions ;)! It is from Pink Blush Maternity, and I am completely obsessed with it. They have endless options for maternity dresses, and they are SO much cuter than anything else I’ve found!
*All other outfit details linked below*