1. To tell if you are dilated they will feel. If you are sore and swollen they will go in anyways. It is not a small insertion. It feels as though they are going to grab your intestines. When they go in, they go in. Prepare yourself for the invasion.
With both my children I was induced due to high blood pressure two weeks early.
2. Eat before they induce you. EAT LOTS. They will not feed you and no matter how long it takes, be it 4 or 12 hours, no matter how much you beg, they don't give in. Trust me
It was a long process for me. It was not instant and I waited and waited for the drip to take effect. When it does, oh boy, watch out.
3. Induction ie. Artificially set in labor is considered to be more painful than natural labor. It can cause intense pain and prolong the labor process.
It came on fast and I can attest to saying it was damn painful. My first daughte I wanted to see if I could go without an epidural. I tried, I really tried. I did not know |"fact number 3". By the time I decided that I in fact needed or shall I say wanted, I was begging for the epidural. I had to wait an additional 45 minutes as the anesthesiologist was in with a delivery of twins. I was in complete tears and almost tearing off my husbands shirt off in pain. My second daughter we asked straight away.
4. If your child comes out too fast it can cause something lovely called a Hematoma.
(a localized swelling that is filled with blood)
After giving birth I said, I feel pressure. It hurts. They gave me an Advil. I kept insisting, I feel pressure, it hurts very very bad. When they finally realized what it was I was in a lot of pain. They gassed me while they squeezed the blood out. Needless to say I was screaming. Even thinking about it now gives me the chills.
5. You give birth and you think your're done. WRONG. You also give birth to your placenta. Nice hey?
Just what I wanted to do after Hematoma incident, we will call it.
6. After you give birth they give you a squirt bottle to spray on yourself as you pee as you are most likely stitched up from being torn, and possibly stitched as well from a goddamn hematoma like me.
7. Your first bowel movement will be one of the most horrific experiences you will imagine. It feels as though you may rip open at the seems or at least rip open your stitches. You don't, the nurse assured me of this.
The first shower after birth was one of the best showers I have ever taken in my entire life. I often wonder if i am not alone in this. Pure bliss!
8. You do not produce breast milk immediately, only colostrum and your baby most likely will not get full on this and will cluster feed until your milk comes in. In simple, get ready to stay up round the clock feeding a baby who does not get full. Sleep 0 baby 1.
9. More people than you can imagine have now seen your vagina. By now this will not phase you and you do not care who has come and gone and taken a look anymore. The bashfulness of it all is gone by now.
Once you are home and all healed and you have your brand new baby and everything seems fine, you see number 10. I assure you it does not happen to all women, just us lucky few......
10. Now that you think you have gone through it all, you sneeze, or you laugh too hard and...... You pee. Get ready to do your kegel exercises.
I remember my poor husband watching me meltdown after I laughed and peed. I than sneezed and peed some more. So either start those Kegels or stock up on poise pads.
If you are ready for all this, enjoy that sweet little baby.
If not, wrap it up!
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