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Which Postnatal Side Effect Most Surprised You?

Which Postnatal Side Effect Most Surprised You?

If you are like me, you spent a lot of time reading and preparing for the birth of your first baby, but did little to prepare yourself for what your body would go through after the delivery. My pregnancy books didn't discuss much after the actual birth and the photos in the magazines tricked me into believing that new mothers were beaming and beautiful when callers came to visit.

Needless to say, I was unpleasantly surprised when I woke to night sweats for the next three months, found clumps of hair in my hands during showers and was overcome by dryness in every inch of my body. I'm prepared for these fun side effects this time, but wondered which were most surprising to you?

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eeow eeow 8 years
gincase- There are postpartum sleeves. I know a lot of people who have used their Bella Bands postpartum and there is a new product called Tauts, that I wish I had known about. http://www.babooshbaby.com/tauts.html
gincase gincase 8 years
*The nightsweats have been horrible *The c-section stiches itch *I don't have a c-section scar but the flap is not very pretty. *I've experienced dramatic weight loss - IMHO. I went from 172 to 140 in 4 weeks. I know the baby was a lot of this, but the loss was so quick that my belly jiggles so much that I continue to wear my maternity pants to hold it all together. There should be a postpartum sleeve that I can slide over my belly to hold it all in. The "girdle" is worthless.
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 8 years
lol chancelete, i'm with you! I had no idea these kind of things happened . . . I don't have kids, and won't for some time, but now im (even more) scared!
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
chancleta... dont be scared, the entire time you're pregnant, you dont lose hair... in fact my hair was incredibly thicker and... i'll say it... GORGEOUS while i was pregnant, it's after you've given birth, your body sheds all the hair it held onto.... youre not really LOSING hair the whole time... just afterwards
Ericka Ericka 8 years
I'm with Dana. I haven't really had any issues other than it takes me so much longer to go to the bathroom now. I was lucky to avoid hemerrhoids though. I don't have the hair problem, but I also never got the excess/lucious hair that some women get during pregnancy.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
I have a TON of hair as it is and when I was pregnant I just seemed to stop shedding, so after I had her and even though I knew it was coming, I couldn't believe the wads of hair that came out of my head. I could have made a nice wig form someone. It was crazy! Now, my hair is back to normal and I have just as much as I did before. The other thing was the foot growth. I went up a half a size. I was pissed when my super-cute heals didn't fit me anymore.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I wasn't so much surprised by anything but I thought I had made it out of the woods this time around with the hair loss thing only to have it start falling out in handfuls around month 6 postpartum. I started getting bald spots so I went and got special shampoo and scalp treatments. Now I have all these fuzzy areas with hair that is like an inch long intermixed with my longer hair.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
The bladder control loss comes much more from pregnancy than delivery. But if it helps, I only had "real" loss after my labor/pushing one that ended in an emergency c-section. The ones where I didn't labor at all, I'm fine. But I've also done kegals regularly.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
eh I'm kind of afraid of the hair loss.... I already have a huge problem with hair loss and I don't know what to do about it.
facin8me facin8me 8 years
There's a loss of bladder control even with a c-section? Omg. Is this a problem everybody has, no matter what route the baby emerges from?
chancleta chancleta 8 years
hairloss? omg :O i don't have kids yet i had no idea
astrosox astrosox 8 years
what surprised me the most is how dry the skin on my face became.
masonsmama masonsmama 8 years
I don't think my hair loss in general bothered me but I will say I'm surprised it was so concentrated and created large bald spots on my hairline where I now have 2" spiky sections. Other than that, I think I was really lucky to have a pretty easy time postpartum
kellys kellys 8 years
nothing really "surprised" me, thanks to some of the more descriptive books i read, but that postpartum bleeding was quite a doozy. after not having my period for almost a year, to suddenly have that much *mess* down there (those clots!), coupled with the extra delicacy and care that area needed (hot water bottles, etc). i was a bit overwhelmed. the hair loss didn't really bother me, but it freaked my husband out a bit. even after i reassured him it was normal, the volume of hair in the shower drain disturbed him.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
Nothing surprised me, nor did I really have anything bad except for the hair loss, which I was prepared for. However, I never heard about the dryness. Of course I already have dry skin and live in extremely dry and sunny CO, so it's par for the course daily for me. I wish I always had a solution for it!
jessie jessie 8 years
post-partum depression....so did not think it would happen to me...and it did. also...my feet grew!!! :rotfl:...went from a 8 to a 9..:shrug:
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
i should mention that i put the neem oil on my scalp... not just my hair.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I also don't mean to imply that I wasn't bothered by post-natal problems, just that nothing comes to mind that was surprising. The c-section flap, the dry skin, the hormone rushes, the lack of bladder control, and most definitely the hemorrhoids bother me, I was just warned ahead of time that they'd happen.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
baby oil is great... and i also found that neem oil was RREALLY helpful w/the fallout (and now that i'm thinking about it, it's helped w/dryness too). kinda smells a lil earthy... and it's takes two shampoo repeats to get out. (i bought it for psoriasis which it also helped). it wasnt even expensive.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I was blessed not to have any of those problems. But it is harder for me to go to the bathroom now.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I always warn people about the foot growth! *lol* It's something my sister told me would happen. Oddly it didn't happen with my daughter though. For the dryness, use baby oil but be careful on the face. Don't use it daily, just put a dab on dry spots or a small amount on large areas. My dry skin was gone within 48 hours once I started that. But don't use it on dry hair. ;)
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
yeah... my hair is STILL shedding (he's 10 months) altho i too had some really great friends who prepared me... it was STILL a lil startling how MUCH i actually shed at first (it's not as bad now)... i mean HANDFULS and this would be after brushing and combing thoroughly before getting in the shower (in an attempt to head off the shedding) haha... oh & the dryness during breastfeeding... the dryness of my hair and lips! my lips were a lil surprising... my hair texture is a lil different still... but it's not something i consider a side effect, jsut something i've noticed.
isabelle315 isabelle315 8 years
My feet grew half a size!!! I had to get rid of a couple pairs of really cute shoes :-(
apma apma 8 years
So much of my hair fell out after I had my kiddo a year ago and it's just now starting to grow back. I knew my hair was going to fall out, I just didn't know how much would fall out.
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