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I think I felt totally back to normal by like 3-4 days. My recovery has been awesome this time. I attribute it to two things...only having a 1st degree tear this time, and my placenta capsules. Emotionally, I feel much more stable this time than in the past...much more energy too.
My husband has a been a sweetie mostly. He's been very helpful, but then he has times where he's also a crab apple cause he's not sleeping enough. But the crabby times are few and far between, it's just like when he has been it's been like woooah buddy calm down, it's not that bad!
I feel very tired by about 8pm. Sometimes I nap for an hour or two if I can, and then I am up watching the Olympics for awhile, and go to bed either after her 11pm feeding or if I'm wide awake after sleeping I go to bed after her 2am feeding. I need to do better about getting more sleep. I haven't been weepy or emotional at all, which is a good thing.
Soreness has been off and on. If I do more during the day, of course I feel a little more ouchy. I do try and rest and get off my feet as much as possible, but I do still have a 22 month old that needs some time and extra 1 on 1 attention from Mommy right now. I've been trying to do simple things with him like playing in the sandbox, doing puzzles, cars, play doh, etc. All stuff he enjoys where I can be sitting! But I have had to make trips out already and stuff like that, where it can't really be prevented, will make me feel more tired along with sore. But... in general I'd say the soreness isn't a big issue. On a 1-10 pain scale the worst it is has maybe been 3 or 4. Tylenol usually knocks it out for me.
My worst problem is all sorts of TMI, but having a BM after having a baby is not exactly a pleasant feeling and I hate when I have to go in and go. Ouch!
Overall though I'd say the healing is moving right along. Most of the issues I've experienced are just my own fault from not resting enough, like I said. When DS is napping I use that chance to clean up, do laundry, etc if I have any that needs to be done. But when DH is home he refuses to let me off the couch to do that kind of stuff. So I am hoping with the weekend coming up and him being home all weekend that I'll get more rest than I have been getting and hopefully feel all healed by Monday
It took me a while to not have soreness. A week after having him I helped DH pick up toys before bedtime and my legs nearly gave out and I started feeling achy again. I'm feeling much better now. I didn't have any tears but I did have an extremely long and tiresome labor with a lot of blood loss and I take a long time to heal from anything. I've only had one breakdown so far which is to be expected. I predict more when DH goes back to work tomorrow. He's been amazing. For the first few days I hardly had to get off the couch. He took over care of the older kids and the chores and still helps with the baby too, even in the middle of the night.
I'm healing pretty good. Despite a second degree tear, the soreness went away after a few days. Once in a while I'll feel a tightness or pulling sensation when I get up but other than that, nothing too painful.
I'm definitely tired with BFing a newborn throughout the night but DH has been fantastic! I'm really lucky that he doesn't start school for a couple weeks and can help out full time.
The only hormonal change I've noticed is that I get really weepy over sappy, sentimental stuff. I can't read a sweet greeting card, watch a sad movie or even listen to a song that mentions children without getting choked up.
I'm feeling way better now physically. I don't feel sore anymore and the bleeding is gone (I had a bit yesterday after cleaning the house but it's gone now).
I feel extremely tired. For some reason I forgot about this part with my other two. Maybe because I'm getting older and don't have patience anymore. I was very emotional the first week. I was fighting with DH over everything. We are better. I do get weepy once in a while. I was watching Nanny Diaries yesterday and I started crying in one of the last scenes.
I have no scars or tears down there. Yay! Rose was too tiny to cause any harm
DH has been wonderful. Couldn't ask for a better hubby. I tend to get too anal at times and he still puts up with me
I'm doing ok, the only pain I get now is itchy tenderness around my c section scar, and shooting pains in my breasts now and again, as I'm breastfeeding. the first week or two was a horrible, emotional rollercoaster in addition to the healing... I'm glad to be past that now!
Location: Barksdale, Louisiana (missing Las Vegas,NV)
I'm doing great. I felt better about 3-4 days after having him. I am a bit sore sometimes when I do too much, but it has to be an awful lot of work. We're sleeping wonderfully. No extra emotions just happiness. Breastfeeding is so easy this time. Cloth diapers are awesome. The older kids adore him. Dh isn't taking care of me, he's been keeping me up all night, watching tv shows . House is clean, its been so nice to be helpful around the house again.
Things are ok... Everyone is taking amazing care of me. My episiotomy is definitely starting to heal up, I just had a look in the mirror and the skin seems to be fusing back together and the area is no longer swollen and a hell of a lot less tender. Still some muscle soreness but I'm tryin to keep off my feet after a busy first week PP. My uterus is back down I think, my stomach is pretty **** flat. On the other had my boobs are sore.
On the emotional side I'm good during the day but at night I can get sad and I've cried every night for the past few nights. I miss my routine, I miss making dinner, I miss walking the dogs, I muss going out to the gym and it's getting to me.
How are you healing ladies, after your L&Ds? Physically my body is feeling pretty OK down there. It's my freaking headaches that won't stop.
Feeling tired / hormonal / weepy? Feeling short tempered to be perfectly honest.
What about scars, and/or soreness "down below"? Soreness is pretty much not there for the most part. On occasion I get irritated but it's from the constant wearing of a darn pad.
Is your DP taking good care of you? HA! I wish. He's stressing me out instead. He's barely around and when he is, he's off doing this or that errand. Or he's busy playing with his latest musical toy then passing out on the bed taking up more space then he needs to be taking and I have to fight with him to get comfortable and to give me some decent space.
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