I have no idea why midwives fail to warn you about the recovery process, all they seem to explain is how much and how long you will keep bleeding for as your body returns to its natural state, as well as painful engorged breasts.
In this first week of recovery, I have endured:
⁃ Postpartum Chills
After a warm shower I laid about in my robe waiting for baby to wake. After 10mins my body began uncontrollably shaking! My body was warm yet I, myself, felt dangerously cold; my head began to thump and the manner of shivering made my structure want to shut down.
Your hormones have fluctuated throughout your pregnancy, and the raging is not quite done yet. Hot flashes — profuse, yet brief periods of sweating — are normal in women during the postpartum period and may be followed by chills. These reactions are your body’s way of eliminating the excess fluids you retained during pregnancy. Hormonal changes may take several weeks to up to three months after your baby’s birth before settling into your pre-pregnancy levels.
⁃ Aching ribs and diaphragm
A couple of days after delivering Arwen it’s obvious the uterus starts shrinking back down to its normal size, this makes way for all the organs to begin spacing out again instead of being constantly squished. However I didn’t realise the process of your insides returning to normal could be excruciatingly achy, especially when you’re doing something as simple as breathing! Again, this was a shock to the system.
⁃ Swollen feet
I didn’t realise your feet and hands could swell after labour and delivery! I was lucky during my pregnancy because my feet and hands didn’t inflate at all, it was only after I delivered Arwen when my feet ballooned monstrously! No soreness, just unpleasant puffy feet; my hands swelled a little but not as bad as my ankles and toes.
⁃ Daddy worries
I haven’t been that worried or nervous about Arwen’s well-being since she’s been here like I thought I would be, she’s the most perfect baby. I find myself worrying about my hubby a lot more! Marco just seems so drained now, sometimes I cry because he just looks so poorly. The thing is, Marco likes to stay up all through the night making sure me and baby are ok; I have reassured him time and again that we are absolutely fine and that I need him much more during the day than I do at night. He still continues to stay awake at all hours. I’m worried, I don’t want him to shut down, no matter how many times he persists in saying he’s ok.
So, this first week has been an adventure! Of course I will keep updating you all as the days roll on by.
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Thank you all xo
Mammy Jessica x