What I Wish I Knew about after Baby Comes

What I Wish I Knew About What Happens After the Baby Comes

Do you know anything about the changes in your body after having a baby?  Do know anything about taking care of a newborn?  With families being smaller these days and things that involve the female body being kept secret and often seen as being shameful, we don’t see many of these aspects of birth until it happens to us.

My social media followers did not let you down.  When I polled people on Facebook and Instagram, these are some of the things that they said:

Rbarnes82 wishes that she knew that breastfeeding could be difficult and what it means to have a high needs child.

Whatheloves says that you will want pretty loungewear for after birth when you aren’t feeling very pretty and can’t shower for 5 days.

Heather wishes that she knew how much swelling there would be. And that overdoing it can delay healing by causing more pain and bleeding.  She wishes that she stayed in bed at least a week.

Andrea comments that she would have liked to know that you still have a big belly afterwards.  She thought that there was a second baby in there when her stomach did not immediately flatten back to its pre-pregnant size.  She agrees with Heather on not overdoing it.  She wishes that she knew to delay exercising until at least 6 weeks after birth.

Aubrey mentions how surprised she was about the process of the umbilical cord needing to dry up and fall off.  No one had mentioned that it might ooze to her either.

Samantha wishes that she had had more education about breastfeeding.

Kandyce agrees with Heather about the swelling.  She wishes that she knew about padsicles.

Bethany states that she wishes she knew that she could get stretch marks inside her belly button.

Brenda would have liked to know that you can GAIN weight while breastfeeding.

Erin says that she would have liked to have been more educated on jaundice.  Something that seems really common now was pretty alarming at the time as a new mother.

Several women mentioned those pesky afterpains that I mentioned in the previous blog post about birth.

In relation to my body, I would have liked to know that my belly would look like unbaked bread dough.  In regards to baby care, I wish that I knew more about breastfeeding.


What is something that you wish you knew about the postpartum period?  What is something that you would like to read more about the postpartum period or newborn care on this blog?


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Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM

Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM is the head midwife and owner of Comforts of Home Midwifery. Mercy was first exposed to homebirth when she witnessed the birth of her little brother at the age of 7. Her interest in natural childbirth grew with the birth of her first child and then attending Bradley Natural Childbirth classes with a friend a year and a half later. Attending her first birth as a doula verified that she was called to be a midwife. Mercy attended the Association of Texas Midwives Training Program and completed an apprenticeship with what is now the Corpus Christi Birth Center. She holds Texas and Louisiana state licenses and holds her Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives.

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