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Well.. with each of them the first time I saw them, my first thought was, "OMG get it off me!!!" LOL (They always laid the baby on my belly and it hurt SOOOO bad when they did that). But after that LOL I wouldn't say I felt empowered.. maybe because I wasn't too thrilled with all my body had put me through the previous 9 months.. but I'd say I was more in Awe that that was my baby and that I got to take him/her home.
__________________ Andrea, Mama to.. Noah (2006), Nickolas (2007), Alyzabeth (2008), and Savannah (2010)
Many Many Thanks to GraysMama (Chelsea) for my AMAZING Siggy!!!
Even though I ended up getting the epidural.. I am still proud of laboring for close to 14hrs on maxed out Pit... I am also very proud of delivering her vaginally, and in such a short time... Also proud of when I was on Pit never got pain meds except for the epi....
The feeling I have had since having my daughter is one I cannot explain but it is a sensation that has made me even more proud of being a woman and know what my body is capable of.
I was totally empowered. I had like this crazy high for months post-delivery. I am very proud of myself for sticking to my birth plan and going 18.5 hours on Pitocin (over 26 for a lot of it!) and not getting a single thing for pain, even when I stalled at 6cm for 9 hours and 4cm for 4 hours prior to that. I was battling internally so much not to get the epidural and I did it! I'm also impressed I was able to get her out in 5 pushes, because I totally figured I would be pushing for hours!
It did hit me after that euphoria wore off that my body failed me as far as the pre-e/icp/hellp issues though
December 9, 2013
5:20PM 8lb3oz 20.5"
Hospital water birth
With my son, the postpartum period was horrible. He had colic. I had PPD. He had tongue tie and couldn't nurse well--I was cracked and bleeding. When he would cry because he was hungry, I would sometimes break down in tears over the thought of having to nurse him. If I had felt any empowerment after his birth, it would have been squashed by the awful postpartum period.
With my daughter, I was so worried/upset over my daughters poor health (APGAR of zero, had to get a blood transfusion). And then I was waiting to find out why she had such a rough start and never got any answers. So I spent the postpartum period feeling like I make broken babies (my son wasn't breathing at birth either, but he perked up by 5 minutes).
Mama to an elementary school boy, kindergarten girl, and my miracle toddler girl.
Three 10w losses (11/2010 + 8/2011 + 10/2014)