Since I documented my pregnancy, I figured I might as well blog about my postpartum journey as well. It has been a week since I’ve had Rylan and recovery has been better than I expected.
I was so happy to leave the hospital so I could recover at home and actually get some rest. It was hard recovering at the hospital because the nurses seemed to check on us very frequently. I’m not complaining about that because the nurses were amazing and I loved the fact that they checked on me and baby to make sure we were doing okay and healing just fine. But, it made it very hard to rest and sleep so I was ready to get home to eat real food, rest and be around my family. I knew recovery at home would be tough but I was ready to face that reality. The hospital sent me home with plenty of ultra absorbent pads, disposable panties, witchhazel pads and icepacks that I could put on top of my pads and I didn’t realize until I got home to recover how essential these things would be.
I am currently recovering from 3rd degree tears which means I tore from the vagina to the anus and required stitches. Luckily, the stitches will dissolve on their own. Because of that tear, it is kind of hard to do anything because of the soreness. I can hardly sit or walk at times. I was prescribed two types of pain meds and those help tremendously. I also use a squirt bottle filled with warm water to aid with the recovery. I can’t wipe as of yet so I have to use the squirt bottle. Witchhazel pads and soaking in warm water and Epsom salt have saved my life. Icepacks in my pads have also helped with the swelling and soreness.
The bleeding is not bad and it is like my 3rd day period flow and I expected for it to be really heavy especially after everything I went through during labor. I am glad I have disposable panties so I’m not messing up my own panties. I have not worn real panties since the day I checked into the hospital. Because of all the blood loss, I have to rebuild my iron. I am taking iron pills and eating a lot of liver.
Pooping is not the same and the first poop after labor was so tough. I was given stool softeners at the hospital to help with this process and it did little to help. Because of my tear, I am not able to push and that just made pooping that much tougher.
As you can see in the above photo, I still look pregnant like 3 months pregnant. So, I didn’t snapback after labor but I wasn’t concerned about that. I gained a lot of weight during this pregnancy so I know it will take some time to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I plan to change my diet and when I’m cleared to exercise, I will hopefully join a mom exercise group.
I think the toughest part of recovery is wanting to do a lot to get my life back on track but knowing that I need to rest. I find myself doing too much too soon and not listening to my body. I will take the next few weeks to not worry about anything but healing and getting better. I want to rest more and just enjoy my little Rylan. It is easier said than done especially since I have a 4 year old requiring a lot from me as well. My mom has been amazing through everything from pregnancy to recovery and I’m not sure if I could make it through this without her. Stay tuned for next week’s update!