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What to expect right after labor? Help!

Posted by on Mar. 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM
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I am sixteen and 31 weeks pregnant. I am planning on a all natural birth, unless it is medically necessary not to. But my pregnancy has been normal so far so I'm sure it will be all natural. I asked my doctor not to induce me because I want my water to break and go through everything that I can go through. But anyway, my question is: what should I expect during and after birth if everything is natural? What I mean is I know you bleed after for a while, but I heard some where that if you breastfeed then that won't start till you stop. I wasn't sure if that was true or not but any information like this would be great! I am going to breastfeed though, as long  as my body is able.:) Thanks!

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frndlyfn
by Platinum Member on Mar. 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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That definitely is not true.   The bleeding that occurs is your body healing not your period.   Breastfeeding can slow down the start of actual periods again but it did not for me.    Your best bet truthfully is to attend a class about pregnancy and lamaze through the hospital you are going through.  I had a vaginal birth that was induced due to being at 41 weeks and the baby just did not have any more room to grow.   Water never broke either even after 5 or more hours of contractions.  Also make sure you have an appointment with a lactation specialist to get you on the correct path for breastfeeding.

JoeMax
by on Mar. 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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Sometimes breastfeeding can actually help to slow your postpartum bleeding, but you will likely still bleed for 4 to 6 weeks. During labor, it is different for everyone, but I did it naturally two times. With my first it was so quick and smooth I didn't really have much pain at all. With my second it was still quick, but the pain was a bit more intense. Just try to stay relaxed, remember there is no shame in it if you need to take some pain relief. I always take Motrin right after delivery, it really helps to stay on top of the postpartum pain from cramps and just the pain down below if you know what I mean ;) It also helps to have someone in the delivery room who knows how to help you relax and stay calm. Good luck! Hope this helps a little!
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carolina_gal
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

 Great advice!

Quoting frndlyfn:

That definitely is not true.   The bleeding that occurs is your body healing not your period.   Breastfeeding can slow down the start of actual periods again but it did not for me.    Your best bet truthfully is to attend a class about pregnancy and lamaze through the hospital you are going through.  I had a vaginal birth that was induced due to being at 41 weeks and the baby just did not have any more room to grow.   Water never broke either even after 5 or more hours of contractions.  Also make sure you have an appointment with a lactation specialist to get you on the correct path for breastfeeding.

 

AuntyEm774
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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The more active you have been during your pregnancy, the less pain you will probably feel during and after delivery. Just listen to your body--you may decide to have the doc break your water if you have been in labor for a while. (Sometimes it doesn't break on its own just because of how the baby is laying and after it is broke labor tends to go much faster.)

Also, after delivery your period may come back within a month or two, or may not come back till you are done breastfeeding. Even if you don't have an obvious period you will often times still be cycling and can get pregnant easily!

Good luck and enjoy your lil one!
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kirbymom
by Bronze Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Each woman is different. There may be an averageof what happens across the board but that just can not be determined until afterwards. You might want to take a class on birthing and breastfeeding. They will help you to familiarize yourself with what happens during labor and afterbirth.  I have had 7 kids and each one was similar yet different too.  If you know anyone that has had children, I would ask them about their experiences. They would give you an idea of labor itself plus show the differences that happen with each woman's labor and what they felt and thought. Also, I agree with the poster that talked about movement. The more you are active during your pregnancy, the less painful it will be. Good luck to you.  

atlmom2
by Ruby Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM
They push on your stomach every hour and it hurts like hell. Your uterus has to go down or you bleed too much.
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kali_mom
by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM
So far lots of good info has already been given. I was very young with my 1st child and had no idea what was in store for me. The plan for me too was an unmedicated birth however I was not yet at a stage in my life to do that so I did use pain intervention. I too knew I would breast feed and had to use a device on one of my nipples to help the baby latch on. I was so grateful the hospital had a lactation consultant on site. I had NO clue about having an episiotomy and the stitches as well as having to deal with my uterus shrinking and being manipulated by the nurses every few hours. I had so much to learn very quickly since I still was learning life being just a child myself. You may experience the baby blues after and be prepared to not fit in with your friends who are still in Highschool and don't have babies. It is going to change your world forever. I had the BEST MOM there for me and I thank God for her each day. If you feel like its overwhelming make sure to say something and share your feelings. This is just the beginning.
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LindaClement
by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Hopefully, a healthy baby...

And: a feeling of astonishing power in not only creating life but meeting the physical challenge of labour and delivery --it's an awesome high. The best part is that between contractions, and when they are done, there is NO PAIN...

Your belly will be hilariously soft and mushy, and if you remember early enough, you can feel the front of your spine where the baby used to be... it firms back up pretty fast, so it's only a few minutes.

You'll have a bloody flow for 3-5 weeks.

Your milk will come in somewhere between day 3 and day 7, depending on how often your baby is allowed to latch on in the first few days.

Unless there is something extremely wrong with your baby, s/he will come with the instincts necessary to latch on if s/he's allowed to do it naturally --check out 'breast crawl' videos on YouTube.

No sex for at least 6 weeks, as you're extremely likely to be ovulating randomly and getting pregnant again at that point is really dangerous for you, physically.

la_bella_vita
by Gold Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 3:39 PM

 I ended up with all c-sections so I'm not sure how helpful my advice would be. I had no issues breastfeeding either. No nipple pain or uterus contracting pain (well, that hurt enough to remember). My advice is to read and research as much as possible. I researched a ton on breastfeeding and the lactation consultant was surprised by how quickly, I took to breastfeeding. Keep yourself informed. Good luck and welcome to mommyhood!

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