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November 26th, 2010, 02:25 PM
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Do you think that the NCB experience made the very beginning of postpartum life easier to adjust to? I only ask because I've seemed to struggle with all of the hormonal changes right after having my kids, and wondering what the experience was like for all of you, if different, and if you think your NCB contributed. I keep reading about the high you get after childbirth. It seems like it may make you feel like you can take on anything.
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November 26th, 2010, 02:42 PM
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I have had 2 epidurals, and one natural childbirth. Each birth was pretty quick: 4-9 hrs of active labor. The first was the easiest and fastest labor but hardest for me to recover from because I had an episiotomy. The second two were relatively the same. I *think* that the second was the easiest to recover from, but it was my hardest labor. I had a cold when I went into labor with my third, and that was my natural one. I was SOOOO TIRED and felt like crap for weeks with that stupid cold. I wish I could be more help and tell you what it might be like under normal circumstances. But that's just my experience... an odd one.
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November 26th, 2010, 02:43 PM
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Chemically speaking, meds can do a lot to disrupt the way your body re-normalizes after birth. Definitely. I don't have any specific links for that info unfortunately...it's kind of just hodge podged in there with everything else I've readin the last 5 years.

I know I had a really tough time after dd-my first UC/NCB, but you know all about the situation with my mom and why I think it was due to her and not to ppd or anything. Life after #3 was a breeze! I was up the next morning making breakfast for everyone, I felt great physically (despite feeling like I was ran over by a bus the night before and being up until 1am with dd and baby ds2) and mentally. I encapsulated my placenta, but I never took much of it because I just didn't ever really feel like I needed it.
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November 26th, 2010, 04:04 PM
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I felt great almost imediately, even with a huge episiotomy. I felt great at least until my retained placenta made itself known... but then i only felt bad for a few days.
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November 27th, 2010, 08:14 AM
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I could actually MOVE after having Nola (my homebirth) but I was exhausted for 24hrs after birth. With Kailey, that was a hospital birth and I felt like I could have ran a marathon right after I had her (energy speaking, not literally!) I had SO much energy from the high of a 1st born child.... but my vagina had it pretty rough on that birth.
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November 27th, 2010, 08:24 AM
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With my epidural birth I felt like I'd been hit by a train for weeks afterward. I had a tough time emotionally and nine months later ended up on anti-depressants and in therapy. My post-partum experience with my natural birth was the complete opposite. I felt great emotionally and physically and never had any issues with depression. Even my husband commented several times the vast difference between the two experiences.
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November 27th, 2010, 10:04 AM
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Chemically speaking, meds can do a lot to disrupt the way your body re-normalizes after birth. Definitely. I don't have any specific links for that info unfortunately...it's kind of just hodge podged in there with everything else I've readin the last 5 years.

I know I had a really tough time after dd-my first UC/NCB, but you know all about the situation with my mom and why I think it was due to her and not to ppd or anything. Life after #3 was a breeze! I was up the next morning making breakfast for everyone, I felt great physically (despite feeling like I was ran over by a bus the night before and being up until 1am with dd and baby ds2) and mentally. I encapsulated my placenta, but I never took much of it because I just didn't ever really feel like I needed it.
Ditto.

All my births were natural births. So I don't have anything to compare to. I think energy level speaking my first was the best, but I was also the youngest and didn't have any other kids! I think that has a lot to do with it. My second a I tore really badly and physically was out of commission a long time. This last one I felt great emotionally but I was TIRED! It was a really intense birth, short but physically intense. She was born just before midnight so we didn't sleep very much that night after all excitement calmed down and everyone left. I think there are a lot of contributing factors in that. Like I was/am overweight, the other kids, I was/am EBF (my others were supplemented fairly early on).
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November 27th, 2010, 10:20 AM
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I had 1 of my babies without an epidural, and I did feel better immediately after the birth as opposed to waiting for drugs to wear off. Once labor was over, it was over. All I had to do was wait for the doctor to get me stitched back together, and I was able to walk from the delivery room to my recovery room.
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November 27th, 2010, 09:07 PM
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I've had 1 medicated birth and 1 NCB (homebirth). The recovery for my medicated birth was horrible. I was very disconnected, couldn't bond, my baby wouldn't wake up and needed oxygen at birth. There was no high from oxytocin. I couldn't walk for 2 weeks, sit for 4 weeks, pee was excruciating. With my NCB I had an immediate oxytocin high, I felt awesome. I walk from my living room to my bedroom not sore at all. I peed a few hours later and it didn't hurt at all. The next day I felt normal and didn't even feel like I gave birth a few hours before. I could sit, walk, everything.
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