thread: What was your body like straight after birth?

  1. #19
    BellyBelly Member

    Jul 2006

    at all our descriptions! Beautiful stuff isn't it!

    Much the same here...Tummy was like a big ball of dough (you know after it has risen, but before you cook it, and is all soft and stretchy?!)..Lying down mine looked flat, but when I stood up my 'baby bump' returned...I also had a tear and FAR OUT my peri was SOOO black and bruised (didn't expect to see that)..I didn't have that much bleeding..I did feel really short of breath for the days and weeks following the birth..and yep, when that milk comes in it was exactly like having a boob job and very ouchy...think that's about all.

    All the best, curse those damn tv shows/movies lol

  2. #20
    Registered User

    Oct 2004

    Straight after my daughter was born my tummy looked triangular. The next day it looked like a pot belly with a little bit of sagginess. It looked quite yuk actually becuse I got a lot of skin pigmentation on my tummy and my linea nigra was very dark, and it all looked darker because of the skin not being stretched any more. This gradually faded though and its not so noticeable now. It didnt take long for my tummy to go back to normal size though - maybe about 2 weeks or so - as I didnt put on any weight.

    umm I was also very sore as I had a long pushing stage of labour resulting in a huge amount of swelling and bruising down there. It looked terrible! Really not what I was expecting.

    My fingers nd feet were also still a bit swollen nd I wasnt able to put my rings back on for a week or two.

  3. #21
    Registered User

    Jun 2007
    Melbourne, ready to meet peeps IRL

    I can see that you have plenty of answer but no-one mention ( or maybe I was the only one) that after my 1st I really remember quite clearly that when I had to walk down to where they were keeping DS ( came to fast so he had to have some oxegen for 24hrs ) that my sagy defated tummy swayed with every step I took it was horrible. I didnt last long only a few days but that is the strogest memory I have of the 1st few days.
    I am only a small girl so I went back to what people thought was my shape within a few mths ( as I can wear alot of dress's and lucky for you they are the big fashion right now), but really to get me back to my real size takes me about a year as I put on over 25kgs I cant see the scales after that and they dont weigh you up here, so I would have put on more as that weight in around 30weeks LOL but who cares you get a wonderful baby at the end. Good luck and enjoy whats to come.

  4. #22
    Registered User

    Oct 2006

    I agree about the skin - mine was really dry too. Also, because my 2nd stage was about 1.5 hours, I had pushed so hard I had burst lots of little blood vessels on my face! No one else seemed to notice it... they probably looked like little pimples. But when I looked in the mirror before going to bed that night I was so weirded out by my face, LOL!
    I was also frightened to push when on the loo... It did feel very different down there for a while.

  5. #23
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    Jun 2006
    Gold Coast, Australia

    I agree with Amy, I was terrified to push for fear of everything falling out, I had an episiotomy too so tht added to the fear. I think I felt alright down there in regards to pain and pooping about 5 days after birth.

    Someone mentioned they were out of breath - I was too! I lost a fair amount of blood though (not TOO much but more than the norm) and they put it down to that.

  6. #24
    Registered User

    Oct 2004

    Haha yeah I was scared to go to the loo for a poo as well. When I was leaving the hospital, they gave me a laxative to help me along. I'm so glad I took it!

    umm yeah I was in a lot of pain and unable to sit without having tears in my eyes. That was one of the hardest things for me i think. I just couldnt get into a comfortable position at all, especially when brestfeeding.

  7. #25
    Registered User

    Jan 2006

    Not a silly question. On my back in recovery I was thrilled my tummy was flat, the next day I sat up and it still looked 3-4m gone, gutting! It was really hard to do up my pre-preg jeans on days 2-6, but by day 7 it was back to normal.

    I look about 2m gone still, it's just the skin shrinking back and I hate it! I want my flat tum again.

    Breasts never really increased, I'm still only just a B-cup, my episiotomy scar is still uncomfortable and I'm still psychologically scarred from the hand (DH really annoys me about that because he keeps "forgetting" about it - wish I could!), but otherwise I'm "normal" again and was from within a week of giving birth. Oh, aside from I can no longer do 8-9 hours without a wee, it's more like 3 hours at a time.

    Edit: you girls push on the loo? Mine are still pretty liquid, like in pregnancy, is that not normal?

  8. #26
    Registered User

    Jul 2007

    I had an emeregency CS so didn't have much bleeding at all really just like a normal period.

    My tummy was very soft though and still quite pudgy. I remember my niece saying to me in hospital "you still look pregnant" Thanks for that!!!

    I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight by a week or so after but I only put on about 8 kg and it just fell off BF, this time though it's more like 15kg so I think I'll have to work at it.

    My tummy was never as flat and hard afterwards, and I think my hips were a different shape too but when I look at my precious little man and feel my princess kicking I don't care. I'm not 22 anymore and I don't have my size 8 22 y.o body anymore (it's well and truely gone forever....) but I'm a Mummy and I'm happy and that's the important thing.

  9. #27
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    Jun 2006
    Gold Coast, Australia

    I was in pre preg clothes the day after, but as I said, I gained no weight.

    Caryn-Never had liquid stools, but now 6 months on I do?!?!

  10. #28
    Registered User

    Oct 2006

    Edit: you girls push on the loo? Mine are still pretty liquid, like in pregnancy, is that not normal?
    Is it 'normal' for you? (ie was it like that pre-baby?) Your diet got plenty of fibre? In any pain?
    Hmmm, I thought my preggo poos were kinda 'thin' because I was eating so much darn fruit. Maybe that's just another preggo thing I wasn't aware of... But I don't remember them staying that way... If it doesn't feel normal to you, I'd check it out. Just had a tummy bug on the weekend which reminded me that I HATE having the runs *shiver*
    Other thing about that - the middies asked constantly the day after DD was born if I'd pooed yet. You'd think it was a matter of national importance. (Some of them were nice about it, a couple spoke to me like they were toilet training a child.) FHS, I'd been in labour for 24 hours, and had eaten a chuppa chup, a peppermint and a spoonful of jelly. Like it was surprising I hadn't been to the toilet yet

  11. #29
    Registered User

    Nov 2006

    Oh yeah tali, I hear you - the swaying wobbling middle section when you walk afterwards, how could I forget!!! Particularly obvious for me as I had bad SPD and had got a nice waddle up, which made the post baby belly wobbly beautifully in hospital!!!

  12. #30
    Registered User

    Oct 2006
    Adelaide, SA

    Wow, thanks for your replies everyone, atleast I know what I'm in for now, so much to look forward to
    All jokes aside, I just want to meet my little man and have some idea of what I'm going to feel like, thanks for that!!

  13. #31
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    Jan 2007

    My tummy is still a bit jelly like.
    My tail bone hurt for about 2 weeks afterwards. VERY swollen feet and ankles for at least 2 weeks.
    Felt like I couldnt walk properly for a good week. At 5 w pp, I couldnt coordinate my legs to run! lol
    I too was scared to push, but everything was bvack to normal down there, apart from teh stitches, pretty quickly after the swelling went down.
    I was worn out for days, probably cos I had a 36+ hour labour, although I didnt lose much blood.
    not sure what else.
    Good luck

  14. #32

    Jun 2007

    i remember having a strip down my belly where my stomach muscles were parted...

    i had a home birth, so spent the first few days of my babymoon in bed, being waited on my DP in my pj's, when i did get out of bed... i put on jeans. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to fit into a pair of jean i wore after i had put on a little bit of weight... i was an 8, i got into a 10. So everyone is different. everything was very swollen, and peeing was a nightmare, i had some grazes... but i had a jug of warm water ready each time i went for a wee... it sounds weird, but pouring warm water over your vagina if you have grazes is a godsend.

    My mum warned my about haemmeriods (sp?) but thank goodness i didnt get them...

    good luck!

  15. #33
    Registered User

    May 2006

    Does anyone else have the little saggy bit ? Had a c/s and now when i look at the mirror side on (and suck my tummy in hehe) i still have this saggy bit at the bottom of my tum..it just hangs there.. have been going to the gym...ok once a week might not be enough but i didnt have much weight to loose either...just wanted to tone the saggy bits.. i feel like clothes dont look the same and dont wear some of them coz of the saggy bit being visible.Its almost like the 6 kgs i put on during pregnancy all sunk down to the bottom of my tum!

  16. #34
    paradise lost Guest

    From the head down:

    My throat was sore and my voice was hoarse because they told me not to push so i ROARED (to let the pushing pressure out my mouth instead of letting it push down into my bum - your diaphragm engages to push no matter HOW hard you're fighting it, so mooing then roaring was all i could do to not push) for the last 90 minutes of the labour. Until she was crowning and they said (in shocked voices - first time mum, <4 hour labour) i could push, then i pushed and she was born in that one push.

    My boobs were ok right after birth but my milk came in on day 3 and they were in both shape and size EXACTLY like two footballs (rugby, not soccer) and about as hard too. They say feeding often can help you avoid getting engorged but DD was feeding every 90-120 minutes so i guess i'd have needed twins to avoid it. They were really sensitive but i wouldn't say painful. That eased a few days later. I was unprepared for the fact that when DD cried, once my milk came in, i got strong let-down i couldn't feel in my boob but i could feel when it dripped onto my feet! The 4th night i was changing her nappy and she was crying and i had freezing milk (the room was cold) soaking my t-shirt and dripping onto my feet!

    Because of the roaring and the pregnancy in general my ribs were sore. Also, the weirdest thing (i'd LOVE to hear from anyone else who had this!) my diaphragm was exhausted. In the shower, after the birth, i couldn't breathe out! I had to lean forward and let my belly hang so the muscles were more in the pre-birth position (when they were stretched over bubs) so i could breathe out. I could breathe in ok, but somehow the tone when i relaxed my diaphragm was gone. This wore off to a great extent by about day 4, but i did feel quite breathless at times for about a week.

    My belly was still big and spongey/flabby. There was actually less fat there than before i got PG as i lost weight when pregnant, but the extra skin and poor muscle tone meant nothing was "held in". Pulling my muscles tight had little effect for about a week, then i began to be able to get a flatter look by sucking it in.

    My pubic bone ached from the actual delivery, i really felt it cranking open as her head was born, and it felt a bit bruised for about 3 days. My vagina felt like a horse had kicked it. It was swollen and hot and felt bulging. I had a little tear (no stitches) into my perineum but i didn't feel it happening and i only felt it after when i put my aromatherapy gel preparation (made by my midwife) on it, which felt warm and burny but not unpleasant. I pooped the day after labour and had no problems. My bladder control was a bit hit and miss for a few days. But you know what, i got the impression that it wasn't that i couldn't hold my urine in (weakened muscles) but that i couldn't FEEL when i needed to go (numbed nerves) as it felt like i got the urge to pee just as it began to run out of me - i only ever leaked a little as i dashed to the loo and the meternity pads always caught it. My midwife told me to do a set of kegels after let-down everytime i fed DD and that really helped me get sensation/control back.

    I lost my water retention really fast, and was less swollen after birth than before. I can remember on day 3 the midwife said to me "how are your legs?" (meaning did they hurt, checking for possible thrombisis) and laughed at me because i exclaimed "They're really thin! Look!" and swung them out of bed to be examined.



  17. #35
    Registered User

    Oct 2004

    My bladder control was a bit hit and miss for a few days. But you know what, i got the impression that it wasn't that i couldn't hold my urine in (weakened muscles) but that i couldn't FEEL when i needed to go (numbed nerves) as it felt like i got the urge to pee just as it began to run out of me - i only ever leaked a little as i dashed to the loo and the meternity pads always caught it.
    OMG Me too. I was secretly hoping I wasnt the only one who had this. My husband didnt wnt to know about it when I told him. He made me feel like a bit of a freak!

  18. #36
    Registered User

    Oct 2007

    *My lips were all cracked and my throat was very very sore

    *My boobs were ok but my milk came in on day 3 and I just had to much milk (Went from A cup to C- D cup) that I was always having to express (& when I would get in the shower they would just spray,lol)so after a few days of this they were rock hard, everytime I lift my arms abit they would hurt.. I couldnt sleep cause they hurt so much.

    *Right after having DD my tummy looked like a deflated balloon then after a month I was about a size 8-9...then shortly after returned to a size 6 (I was happier with my body after having DD, just wished my tummy was toned)

    *Down there I was black as..very very bruised and I had a sharp pain whenever i stood up for like a week or so.
    Last edited by Zee; November 22nd, 2007 at 10:47 PM.


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