After pregnancy and delivery session, you will face a lot of other problems, and no one will inform you about it. Let us check them out:
1. You will have a burdensome period.
No matter how you give birth (c-section or va-j-j) you will have postpartum bleeding, and no one will inform yo about it. This delightful discharge is called lochia, and it sounds about as appealing as it is. It lasts as little as two to three weeks or as long as six weeks after birth. The best part is you’re given giant thunderpads in the hospital because you can’t use tampons during this time (it can introduce bacteria into your healing uterus) neither no one uses, so you have the added pleasure of feeling like a 15-year old girl from 1974.
2. Your crotch might be a mess.
You may be dealing with a swollen, stitched up mighty mess that even Stephen King couldn’t dream up and no one would be dreamt of. There are a variety of elixirs and contraptions to help ease the horror including sites baths, frozen bags of peas and a little water bottle that you squirt on yourself while you pee. In my experience I’ve found that it’s best not to look – it was worse than I thought it would be.
3. You’re still fat.
You will need clothes after you’ve had this kid because you’ll be second trimester doughy for a while. Fat is yet another reason I hate those damn model asshats that are wafer thin 10 minutes after they’ve given birth because it isn’t realistic. Everything is unique when you’ve had your tummy tuck during your elective c-section, and you can hand your baby off to a nanny and have a personal trainer up in your face every day.
4. You might cry a lot.
Some women get off easy with this one and don’t ride the hormonal roller coaster after they’ve had a baby and to them, I say “lucky, lucky whore.” It doesn’t help that it can run the gamut from absolutely nothing to full blown postpartum depression, so not everyone is sympathetic if you have the Niagara Falls boo hours if they didn’t. The other tricky thing is that you might not recognize how bad it was until you’re out of it. It’s best to have people that know you keep an eye on this one. If they tell you that you’re losing it, you probably so listen to them and see your doctor. Nobody wins if you’re miserable.
5. Your hair might fall out.
I know. Don’t you feel pretty now? So here you are all postpartum and doughy and to add insult to injury, you might start losing some of your hair. Here you were all excited about your luscious locks while you were pregnant, well, sorry Cinderella but the party is over, and the hair fairy wants her glass slippers back. Hairfall is one of those beautiful hormone side effects that can come with giving birth. At least there will be less to worry about when pulling your hair up into your new-mom crack-ponytail.
6. Breastfeeding might be difficult.
If you choose to breastfeed your baby, be prepared for a little bit of work. Not everybody has a smooth ride, and it can be anything the soft, bonding vignettes they plaster all over “Breast is Best” pamphlets. The good news is once you’re over the hump it’s pretty maintenance free and you can never forget your baby’s lunch on the counter. If you have an easy time of it, awesome! Don’t brag though; you’re liable to be beaten to death with Bugaboo strollers by hormonal mothers in the park.
7. You might be hot.
No, not good hot. Gross, sweaty, fat man hot. Thank your hormones. Once again they may be to blame for giving you hot flashes and making feel like a high-noon whore. Nothing says sexy like a woman with 20lbs of extra baby weight, who’s losing her hair and walking around like she just ran for a bus.
8. You might hate your husband.
I have two theories of nature. One, babies look like their fathers when they are born, so the father is reassured that the baby is his and won’t take off. Two, nature takes care of you not conceiving right after giving birth by making you want to punch in his face every time you see him. Again, it’s probably hormone related. Again, this isn’t always the case but I’m just warning you that you might stare at his peaceful sleeping face at 2 am and wonder what the hell the point of him is and how can that son of a bitch just lie there sleeping like while you try to get your baby to sleep for the umpteenth time. You’re not alone, and a jury full of mothers with newborns wouldn’t convict you if you bludgeoned him to death with a breast pump. That said, he may be worth keeping around so take a deep breath and ignore the urge for now.
9. Pooing is scary, and no one will tell.
Did I save the best for last, not? No matter what exit your baby used, your BM equipment is close by, and you’ll have to use it eventually. I think the phrase “tentative terror” best sums up this act and may I suggest picking out other names because you’re going to want to call your first poop after you take such tender care bringing into the world.
Haven’t I painted a pretty picture here? Aren’t you looking forward to all the treats that come with motherhood? Well, thankfully, not all of them happen to everybody, and you (and everyone around you) will be so focused on the new little person that you’ll have little time or energy to worry about much else. And hey, who cares, you made a person. A whole person. It doesn’t matter if you’re a surly, bald, sweaty garden slug for a while, you just performed a miracle so unless you’re booked to walk the runway in your underpants in two weeks, don’t worry about it and tell anybody who says otherwise to eat shit. Hey, you can always blame it on your hormones.