1. If you dream about being pregnant one day, and haven't gone through it already, you may want to visit this post some day in the future. Bookmark this page. Now.
2. If you currently are pregnant - know that some women do not have any postpartum issues (lucky devils.) Others do, and sometimes (ok, most of the time) they suck, but, no matter what, I promise your baby is worth it.
Ok, on with the show...
Pregnancy, for me, wasn't terrible. It wasn't, however, a walk in the park either. I had a hell of time with acid reflux, broke out with acne like a fifteen year old, and ended up having to turn my baby around while in the middle of my long, long, oh so long, labor. True, there was the bleeding, and having a red swollen angry vagina...because that's what lady parts are after birth - angry. I made and used padsicles, sat on an inflatable doughnut, and took it easy for a while. The pushing, the sweating, the pain, all of it.
I was prepared for those things.
What I wasn't prepared for was what happened to me after I had the baby.
I wasn't mentally or physically prepared for some of the ailments and issues I would have for the months after birthing my darling tiny baby. Now that time has passed, I figured I would let you know about some of them. They aren't fun or beautiful, but I want to be honest, and let other moms or moms-to-be out there know that these things happen, and they are not alone. No matter how gross.
I also want to share some solutions that have helped me out along the way - with hopes that some things I have learned can help you or someone you love, as well.
What the heck was/is wrong with me? Here's my laundry list....
2. Number 2, and I don't mean this guy...
3. Hungrier than when I was pregnant
4. Emotions like:
5. Dryness (yeah, you know what I mean.)
6. Ever changing breasts
7. Hair Loss
8. Urinary Incontinence
9. Hemorrhoids. Yup...
So you've been warned, some upcoming posts will be a little less glamorous than I may like, but they are real, and if having a baby has taught me anything - it's that moms are a lot tougher than they think.