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    Quote Originally Posted by MothersMilk View Post
    Your belly will look like a saggy bag of jelly after labour but it goes down (i never knew this and cried when i first saw it as i thought this was how i would look forever ).
    You'll bleed a fair bit and the midwife might check your pad to see how much.
    After pains can hurt just as much, if not more, than labour (but mostly for subsequent births) my first was bearable but my second was super painful.
    It is common to get really teary around day 3 after birth.
    Haha! I was absolutely devestated looking down at my belly after I had my first. I thought the exact same as you, I thought i'd have tgat horrible saggy belly forever!

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    That just because everyone else had all these horrible, difficult times, doesn't mean you will, and that's normal and fine and not something to worry about.

    I didn't feel any of the post-birth "uterus going down," style pains. I felt nothing at all.

    My baby was easy too. Slept well from a very young age.

    It seriously was way easier than I had expected.

    That said, raising an actual child (not baby) is much harder and more expensive than the baby years, IME.

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    That if you end up needing stitches, you'll be too scared to poo for ten days and the ensuing constipation will be more painful than giving birth.

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    Even if you DON'T end up needing stitches, you'll be too scared to poo for 10 days and the ensuing constipation will be more painful than giving birth.

    Or wait, was that only me? Lmao!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eko View Post
    Even if you DON'T end up needing stitches, you'll be too scared to poo for 10 days and the ensuing constipation will be more painful than giving birth.

    Or wait, was that only me? Lmao!
    Nope I almost needed another epi for my first poo after birth!!!

    ETA: Was meant to qoute chubbasmummy because I DID have stitches lol!!!

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    Labour is definitely NOT like the movies!

    A midwife might smell your pad to check if your waters have broken

    The bond might not be instant - instead I 'fell in love' with DS over the next few days.

    You'll feel like you've run a marathon after giving birth - I wasn't prepared for aching shoulders and arms!

    And - you might not poo during labour (I didn't).

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    That sometimes after the baby is born you might think why did i wish the pregnancy away.
    Then bub will do something and you realise why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbasmummy View Post
    That if you end up needing stitches, you'll be too scared to poo for ten days and the ensuing constipation will be more painful than giving birth.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eko View Post
    Even if you DON'T end up needing stitches, you'll be too scared to poo for 10 days and the ensuing constipation will be more painful than giving birth.

    Or wait, was that only me? Lmao!
    Both of these made me laugh. I have experienced both, and both are as scary as the other.

    Also, that sciatic nerve pain is a bish and can make one or both of your legs give out randomly.

    Oh and that braxton hicks can be painless and just make ur tummy really hard. (this was the best thing ever and it always happened in the shower, which I hated cos I loved my rock hard pregnant belly!)

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    Drink lots of fruit juice/eat fruit to make the post birth poo more pleasant! I was terrified of it but it was fine, and I had stitches.
    Transition is intense!! And pushing is almost a relief, means its almost over!!
    I thought the feeding was going great, and then my milk came in.. My prem, jaundiced, sleepy baby couldn't keep up with the flow and I'm do glad we were still in hospital so I could get it sorted out! In short, it can be tough but if you want to BF hang in there! After a teary couple of days we were fine!
    Sleep whenever you can!!!!

    Good luck!

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    Breastfeeding might hurt but it does get better. Lansinoh and calendula cream are the best for sore nipples as are woolen breast pads.

    Introducing a dummy will not be a major disaster if you choose/need to do it. I felt so guilty when I did it at day 5. DS is now 4 and a happy talkative boy

    Don't buy a nice hotmilk set of underwear at 38weeks pregnant as it will last about 2 weeks before you grow out of it....

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