Are you about to welcome your bundle of joy and want to know what happens 48 Hours After Giving Birth?
Well, you came to the right place.
Before we start, here’s a warning. The things I’m about to tell you may seem scary, or gross, probably both. I’m not gonna talk about the happiness and love you are going to experience 48 Hours After Giving Birth, I’m mostly gonna talk about the hard stuff.
Cause let’s be honest, the hard stuff are the things we need to be prepared for.
Yes, it will be amazing holding your baby and feeling all these happy emotions. Having your partner and family meeting your little one. Just the proud feeling of being a mom.
But that’s not the entire story. Postpartum is a bit** and you should be prepared, at least mentally, to survive these 48 Hours After Giving Birth.
Okay, I warned you. Let’s get started with …
What Happens 48 Hours After Giving Birth
1. Delivery Of The Placenta
Delivering the placenta is known as the fourth stage of labor. And although not many women think of it as a part of active labor, it actually can be.
After my daughter was born and I had some time with her, the nurse advised my husband to hold her for a while so I can delivery my placenta.
When I heard that, I was confused, to say the least. I thought my placenta popped out right after my daughter, or at least during the time I was holding her. Nope… I still had to deliver “her.“ My daughter was really big when she was born, 4750 g or 10 lbs 7 oz. So as you can imagine, my placenta was quite big as well. Which was probably the reason it didn’t came out all by itself.
Here’s what they “DID“ to me. The doctor wen’t back into birthing position, while the nurse placed both of her elbows on my stomach and put her entire body weight on me. Her feet were literally in the air. It hurt so bad! I had to push, while the nurse pressed on my belly and the doctor pulled on the placenta cord. It only took a few minutes and I was super relieved for it to be over. My placenta was HUGE, it even had a second, mini placenta in it hehe.
That does not mean it will happen to you as well. Usually, the placenta will come out on its own after a few minutes, or while breastfeeding.
Just be prepared that it could cause some pain.
2. Postpartum Bleeding
During the delivery of your placenta, there will be a gash of blood coming out as well. My husband was in total shock and he was the one telling me about the delivery and all the blood later. I was obviously too overwhelmed to notice and remember all these things happening.
The actual postpartum bleeding will go on longer than 48 Hours After Giving Birth. It can take up to 6 weeks for it to be over. And yes, the first weeks will be much stronger than your monthly period. So you should stock up on some maternity pads. Don’t bring any to the hospital, they will have them all ready for you.
In my case, the nurses came in to change my pads during the first 12 Hours after birth. I was not able to move at all and I for sure didn’t want my husband to do that. He had been through enough trauma by that point haha.
Don’t forget to have some comfortable maternity panties ready as well. They will give you mesh panties at the hospital, but once I got home, I used my maternity underwear and they were so much better.
3. Stitches & Hemorrhoids
If you suffered a tear during birth, you will get stitched up. These stitches are no fun. So aren’t Hemorrhoids.
For pregnant or postpartum moms, hemorrhoids are often a result of stress on the perineum in the months before, and during, delivery. Veins work like valves to push blood back up to the heart, and when those “valves” become weakened, they can swell with blood. – verywellfamily.com
These two are the reasons why so many new moms are scared of using the toilet.
The sting you will experience from peeing and the hurt when you try to poop are scary and absolutely traumatic. But there are quite a few things you can do to help with that:
1. Stool Softener
– So it doesn’t hurt as much and you don’t have to use as much pressure.
2. Drinking Lots Of Water
– This will help dilute your pee and the acid in it, so it won’t burn as much.
Here are the best Postpartum Essentials to help with your Recovery once you get back home! They are a total life saver!
4. Keeping Yourself Clean
So now that we know about the pain of Stitches and Hemorrhoids, let’s talk about how to keep yourself clean down there.
You will be sweaty and stinky after giving birth, plus you will bleed and maybe even got some baby poop on you. So there will come the time where you want to clean yourself up.
In case you are not able to stand up, you can always ask one of the nurses for a bed bath and a good wipe down. Don’t be ashamed, it’s their job and they know what they do. I only had wipe downs the first 24 hours after giving birth. I was’t allowed to shower because of the epidural I still had connected to my spine. I was in a lot of pain because of my daughters size and weight at birth, so they kept it in case I need it.
But once you feel ready, go ahead and take a warm, well deserved shower.
If you suffered a tear, make sure you only wash yourself with water down there, since you will be having “open“ wounds. Pro tip: I took a shower every time I had to pee: The warm water really helped with he pain.
To dry yourself, use a clean towel and gently PAT yourself down there. Never, ever rub. It will make things even worse!
Once you’re done, apply some Dermoplast, Earth Mama Bottom Spray or whatever you have at hand. Place some fresh maternity pads and an ice pack in your panties and you’re good to go.
Again, I mentioned the best Postpartum Recovery Essentials here.
5. Stomach Cramping
Another fun one. *Sarcasm*
After you gave birth and went through all of these contractions, you will get some more of them later on. They are called afterpains.
Although they may not be as strong as active labor contractions, they can be compared to strong menstrual cramps and can get pretty painful in the beginning.
But there’s a reasons you get those: Your uterus is basically contracting back to it’s natural shape and moving back to its usual position. The pain will ease with time, but don’t feel bad asking for painkillers and take some home with you.
6. Dizziness, Physical Imbalance & Muscle Ache
We talked about the heavy bleeding you will have 48 Hours After Giving Birth. Plus, you will be totally exhausted from pushing out a tiny human. Your muscles will be hurting like you just ran a marathon.
So of course your body will be tired and exhausted. One thing that most likely will also occur, because of all the mentioned things, is Dizziness and Physical Imbalance.
Whenever you try to stand up, walk or even turn around in your bed, it will make you feel dizzy. And, because your body is used to carrying around a human being, it will feel very strange and different in the beginning. For me it felt like my stomach was hanging on loose strings.
The one thing that really helps with that: Rest & lots and lots of water! I can’t stress this enough.
These two things will cure the dizziness and also help your organs functioning again. Which will lead to a more normal „body feeling“ I guess.
Ask for skin to skin contact right after giving birth. It’s the best way to get your milk flowing. You will notice that your newborn will make its way up to your breast all by its own. It’s normal baby instinct.
Don’t get discouraged or scared if your milk won’t come in right away. It can take some time, my milk came in around 4-5 days after giving birth. Your Newborn will be getting everything it needs from the little tiny bit of colostrum your breasts produce.
Just try to breastfeed as often as possible, usually around every 1-2 hours. Your breasts and nipples will feel very sore in the beginning, so apply nipple cream after every session and use warm/cold breast compresses for pain relieve.
Good to know: Breastfeeding will stimulate the healing of your uterus and fasten up the process of shrinking back to its usual form. But just so you know, your uterus cramps will be the worst while you breastfeed your baby. So be prepared.
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