My 5 Biggest Post-Partum Body Shocks

baby body shockers

Call me naive, but I wasn’t really properly prepared for any of the things that happen to your body once you’ve given birth. I had a bit of a mental block about anything post-pregnancy, including what it would actually be like to – y’know – have a baby to look after, and so I didn’t read very much about post-partum body stuff at all. A quick email around to a few friends who had also spent a long time trying to conceive revealed that they suffered from the same phenomenon – they had been so focused on getting pregnant, and holding on to the pregnancy, that they hadn’t even considered life after the birth.

Anyway, that’s probably a whole other story: for now, let’s talk body shockers! I meant to write this at the height of my shocked-ness, when I was hobbling about a holiday let with a crying baby, not being able to stand up straight and leaking milk from my boobs whilst accidentally spotting blood onto the carpet. But obviously I was otherwise engaged.

I use the word “shock” because it sounds better than “surprised”, but I have to say that none of the body changes were at all horrendous – more inconvenient, really, or just unexpected. I didn’t even get much pain from my C-section scar, though I’ve had some minor issues with it recently; again, it was more of an inconvenience. So you can uncover your eyes and ears if you were getting worried – there’s no screaming or crying here. I’ll save that for another post, hohoho!

1. At the top spot for post-partum surprises: the post-partum tum-tum. Yes, that beautiful taut egg-pod of a full-term pregnancy tummy became a sagging, wobbling mass of spongey flesh overnight. Not that I really had an “overnight” after the birth, because I slept for about an hour, but you get the drift. After my catheter had been removed (don’t even – I’m so squeamish) and I was prompted to use the bathroom, I got out of bed (rolled onto the floor) to find I was carrying what felt like a sack of potatoes in my belly. A huge sack. Don’t get me wrong; I knew that pregnant bellies didn’t flatten out quickly, but I wasn’t expecting to still look eight months pregnant! It took weeks and weeks to go down to anything resembling a non-weird stomach and now, seven weeks on, I still have a sizeable gut. It’s saggy and sad and my belly button looks as though someone has traumatised it with a stretching implement. It reminds me of those odd flesh-tunnel ear holes when the hoops have been removed. Sexy.

2. Next in line: blood. For some insane reason I assumed that vaginal bleeding after birth was linked to vaginal births and so, when I was preparing for the C-section in my head I thought “yesss! No bleeding!” Well. I was wrong on that front! Six thousand mattress-like maternity pads later and it’s only really just stopped. The past four weeks have been very light, but the first three were a total pain in the neck. You’re supposed to let air get to your C-section scar, but can’t, really, because without massive pants on and a huge absorbent pad, you’d bleed everywhere. I can’t imagine how inconvenient it must be if you’re trying to keep perineal stitches clean and dry!

3. Forceful milk eruptions. OK, I knew that breasts produced milk, I’d have been an absolute tool not to have known that. What I wasn’t aware of was that nipples could actually squirt milk – proper streams of it – and that they could do so completely unprompted. The first time it happened, I was sitting up in bed and it just streamed out through the air and hit the opposite wall! It’s no wonder, then, that I had been waking up to soaked sheets and duvets if my breast pads had slipped out of place… It’s phenomenal how much liquid breasts can produce!

4. Nausea. I thought that I had left nausea behind with the first-and-a-half trimester of pregnancy but no, a couple of days after the birth there it was, back with a vengeance. I was worried I had transmitted some awful hospital bug at first, but soon realised that I was experiencing it only in the first minute or so of a breastfeed, and when I Googled it (good old Doctor Google!) I found out that it was a hormonal thing, the release of oxytocin, linked to milk let-down. Well I never. I still get it a bit, seven weeks on.

5. Loss of memory.

5. Loss of memory.

5. Loss of memory. Nothing too severe – I don’t think I repeat myself, or anything like that. But I used to have a brilliant memory and now I rely on lists for everything. And post-it notes. I feel as though I’m in that film where the bloke I can’t remember the name of has had something happen to him that I can’t recall and he has to leave a paper trail everywhere to remind himself of who he is and so on. Memento, is it? Whatever: I find it hard to remember to brush my teeth or drink water let alone remember facts and figures.

Do feel free to add any of your own unexpected post-partum body changes in the comments below! We could start a little database…

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  1. Camilla
    August 5, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    Postpartum uterine contractions! I was completely unaware and unprepared for these. I got the first and worst one about a week after my daughter was born, with no clue about what was happening to me. It was a very surreal moment as it started when I was breastfeeding (as it does) so I was bent over in pain with my baby still feeding and in the same moment my husband sticks his bleeding foot in my face as he somehow managed to step in a piece of glass and couldn’t get it out by himself! Not my best moment of being a new mum. This was only two weeks ago and I’m sure I’ll be able to laugh at it soon…

    • August 5, 2015 / 4:39 pm

      Ha. You’ve got to love the fact that EVERY catastrophe seems to happen just as soon as you’ve finally latched the screaming baby on.

  2. Halla
    August 5, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Oh this was brilliant and a great giggle! The wet bed from breast milk was mind numbing to me. I too had a c-section scar, and the constant changing sheets was incredibly tiring for me. My “not funny then, but funny now” was being at an amusement park 3 months after birth, standing in a stall while my breasts were forcefully and painfully shooting breast milk out! A day without proper nursing gave way to some sort of blocked milk duct…..I felt like a dairy cow!

    • August 5, 2015 / 4:38 pm

      Hahaha!! Oh my God. And you think that everyone is noticing, but they wouldn’t know a thing, unless you soaked through the breast pads!

  3. Sjess
    August 5, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    Yup, all sounds familiar… And so good to be reminded of it halfway through my second pregnancy ;). What was the biggest shocker to me was that the perennial stitches hurts so much!! I literally went crazy while sitting, standing and even lying down. There were moments I could only breastfeed my baby walking around. Luckily the stitches dissolve within 10 days… Felt more like 10 months :’)

    But, your memory will be restored, the belly will shrink some more and the leaking and bleeding will stop, eventually :).
    We in the Netherlands have a saying that goes something like ‘9 months on and 9 months off’, and it refers to both physical and mental state after pregnancy. You will be yourself again 🙂

    • August 5, 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Oh man, I have to say I do feel quite lucky not to have had the downstairs stitches. Good God. The things we have to go through to reproduce! x

  4. August 5, 2015 / 3:13 pm

    I was astonished when told about the bleeding afterwards – I also had a C-Section and thought “why would I be bleeding from there when nothing came out of there?!”.

    I found the sudden burst of milk a nightmare too, especially as I didn’t arrive prepared with anything to help, so the day after the op I was wandering around the ward looking like I’d been in a wet t-shirt contest.

    • August 5, 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Yes exactly! I didn’t realise it was all the lining, etc! x

  5. August 5, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    My biggest shock was nothing happening to my breasts. No engorgement, no oversupply, nothing. I did work my way up to half supply (14oz a day) eventually, but the milk storage bags and pads still sit in the closet hopefully to be used with the little one I’m expecting in December. I truly didn’t know I might not make enough milk! I tried all the visits with lactation consultants, supplements, pumping etc. There was no discernable reason, but at least I’ll be prepared if it happens again.

    • August 5, 2015 / 4:36 pm

      What did you do in the end? Did you have to stop BFing? x

      • August 5, 2015 / 8:53 pm

        Around 3.5 months I stopped trying to increase my supply and accepted what I had, my supply dipped to 5oz/day around 6 months as I think he got bored/frustrated with the lack of flow and volume and by 8 months I barely was making 1oz. He just didn’t have the patience and my body responded. I think all in all, we did pretty well considering! He didn’t even nurse regularly until about 1.5 months maybe, he had a pretty bad tongue tie (released at 5 days old) and had a lot of issues with latching and zonking out when he did. So, I exclusively pumped for the first stretch and tried to get him to latch on at least once a day so he wouldn’t forget. Not sure I’ll have the time/patience with a toddler running around to do that again if we run into a similar problem with the next little guy. Hoping next baby will have less latch issues and maybe in turn I’ll have less milk issues. Or maybe this pregnancy will give me a bit more milk making materials and the right boob will put out more than 10ml every 3 hours!

        And I meant to add too, I still have a craptacular memory – if it’s not in my calendar, I’ll never remember anymore. And the munchkin is nearly 2, haha! And the hair fall at 3 months, I didn’t notice really any change in how my hair looked – but dang, who knew so much of it could fall out at a time! It was just everywhere and stuck to everything. And I made the sore mistake of buying a lovely warm robe for overnight feedings during the winter that held onto hair like it was made of velcro. I knew it was going to happen, but it was still surprising! The ton of little short hairs growing back around the hairline at the same time, before they would lay down flat – that also was a little peculiar looking. 😉

  6. monika slater
    August 5, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    I hate to break it to you but you still have another body shock to come. Around 12-16 weeks you will lose hair by the fist full. All that beautiful body of hair that the baby have you during pregnancy starts coming out. The first time this happened to me I genuinely predicted that I was going bald through sleep deprivation or stress but no it happened with all my 3 kids.

    • August 5, 2015 / 4:36 pm

      Ugh! How long did it take to come back? I might cut mine short! x

      • Kim
        August 5, 2015 / 8:36 pm

        I’m 8 months postpartum and this hasn’t actually happened to me so maybe some people are lucky!? Although someone told me sometimes it happens after you stop breast feeding so perhaps I still have it to look forward to.

        The main thing I didn’t expect was how much breast feeding bloody hurts at first – really excruciating. glad I stuck it out now but it was touch and go for a while.

        Congrats Ruth, she’s beautful!

        • Kim
          August 5, 2015 / 8:39 pm

          Urge, forgot the night sweating. Just me? For about 2 weeks I changed my pyjamas twice a night. As if you’re not awake enough with the baby!

      • maria
        August 6, 2015 / 4:58 am

        My hair loss started when my daughter was three months old and lasted until she was about seven-ish months old. And yes, it feels like you are losing lots and lots of hair, but actually you are only making up for the normal hair loss that did not occur during pregnancy (I’ve understood that during pregnancy your body holds onto hairs that would otherwise normally shed and that is why the loss afterwards seems so dramatic. I even cried about it, as i had just grown my boy crop to my shoulders for the first time since being seven years old. Oh the hormones) Luckily, no one else even noticed, just me and my hairdresser.

        My daughter is now 10 months old and my hair growing back all over my head (not the best look at the moment, but am happy it is growing). Son to be born early December, so shall see what happens after that 🙂 (Yes, only a little over a year age difference, but after several miscarriages I am just blissfully happy to be expecting again)

        All the best to you and yours and thanks for your blogs.

      • Starseed
        August 6, 2015 / 2:09 pm

        I thought I was bald, judging by the amount of hair after the showers, but my hairdresser laughed at me because the actual loss was minimal! My shock was the constant smell of milk, as I have allways hated the smell of cows milk. Mothers milk smells even sweeter and more sickening, and I was totally shocked about how much it grossed me out…

        • susaflux
          August 10, 2015 / 9:44 am

          Oh God yes! And with all the nightly leakage I think I might have to throw out my matress once the breastfeeding is done with.

      • susaflux
        August 10, 2015 / 9:42 am

        My little one is five and a half months old and I’ve had the hair loss for about 7 or 8 weeks now. It is just now starting to get better. I have a salon appointment for colouring the day after tomorrow and hope they won’t send me away because of the state my hair is in.

        Being only a couple of months ahead of you pregnancy-wise it was very delightful to see your videos and read your blog. Ruth you look so stunning even though I know how exhausted you must be. So glad everything is going well for you! <3

      • Sarah
        August 19, 2015 / 3:30 pm

        Differers for all us. My hair started coming out during first shower in the hospital after delivery. Thankfully there was so much other liquid, the tears shed went un-noticed…..

        Don’t cut it, it will grow back and every one will be looking at baby, not your hair….

    • Corrina
      August 5, 2015 / 10:58 pm

      Ah yes, the hair loss. I have plenty of hair so it was alarming, but still plenty on my head. It was the short spiky hair growing back after that – that was the problem!!! Around my hair line, it was 1 cm short and thick!!! But all worth the tiny little person coo-ing up at you. All the best Ruth! xxx

    • Monica
      August 6, 2015 / 1:19 am

      YES! The hair loss! Makes for very scary showers. I asked my stylist and she said nothing can prevent it but advised starting a “growth” shampoo in your last trimester to get a head start on hair re-growth. I tried it this time around and at 5 months post partum the jury is still out. It feels like I’ve lost a bit less than with my first baby, but could easily be my imagination.

    • Halla
      August 7, 2015 / 11:28 am

      Oh I forgot about that! Yes, happened with both babies, same spot! On the right upper temple, the size of about two quarters. I wore a deep side part until it grew back in! I believe it happened at around 4 months with my first born, and 5 months with my second. Strangest thing, it fell completely out, then grew back a DIFFERENT COLR! I understand now why this was blocked from my memory, ha!

  7. Mare
    August 5, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    How refreshing it is to read such honesty! Splendid and fun! I must say that I would expect nothing less from you, the most entertaining, enthusiastic, and creative writer I’ve had the joy of following! I’ve been an avid reader of your work for years and it’s been utterly inspiring and lovely to witness your family’s blessings blossom! As far as post pregnancy body surprises go, I must refer to my dear sister’s arsenal of experiences as I am not yet a mama! So here’s a good one: please don’t let this frighten you but my sister lost so much hair! It all grew back, of course, but how unnerving is that?!??? It’s quite common apparently yet dealing with 9 months of pregnancy paranoia after so many years of difficulty conceiving, she sure didn’t expect that!!! Keep sharing your stories, anxieties, and awesome experiences as a new mommy! We love you!

    • August 5, 2015 / 4:35 pm

      Thank you, that is so kind of you! : )
      Re the hair: dreading it. x

  8. Clare
    August 5, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    For me it was after pains. Why does nobody tell you about this??? Obviously I knew that the womb had to shrink back into place, at least I think I knew that, but nobody bothers to tell you just how much it’ll hurt while it’s doing it! It almost feels like you’re still in the early stages of labour, and it gets worse with every baby. As if we hadn’t just gone through enough! Great to hear you’re doing well and keeping your sense of humour about it all Ruth, and looking great too x

    • August 5, 2015 / 4:35 pm

      Oh yeah!!! Forgot about those. To be honest, after labour pains I didn’t really feel them that much, but I have heard that with every baby they get so bad!

  9. Cherie
    August 5, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Thank you for writing this post! We’re all a result of a mother being pregnant and giving birth, yet women still knwo very little about the process because nobody talks about it!! I love how you’re sharing so honestly – hopefully it would encourage more women to talk about their experiences and support one another.

  10. Helen
    August 5, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    I was like you – completely naive to the changes (and continued pain) that would happen to my body post child birth! I was utterly unprepared for it and to be honest it took me a couple of months to even look at myself properly in the mirror. I just hadn’t prepared myself! I wrote a blog post about the 10 things that changed postpartum, so that I could prepare other mummies to be (

    Helen x

  11. Gertie
    August 5, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    What about with natural births, peeing your pants everytime you sneeze or cough! Apart from the ones you’ve mentioned, Ruth, loss of bladder control was one of the biggest shockers for me! I had to change not only my t-shirts because of the milk but also my leggings several times a day… ! x

  12. Sarah
    August 5, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    Haemorrhoids… Omg the haemorrhoids! Give me labour pain any day over those awful throbbing monstrosities. 10 days post birth I’m just starting to feel like they are improving. Midwife said they will have ‘popped’ out whilst I was pushing. So so undignified.

  13. Bee
    August 5, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    Yes to the hair falling out!!! And then randomly growing back in freaking TUFTS! I am 13 months post-partum and I have little whispy tufts everywhere. My hairdresser laughs when I go visit him as there is absolutely nothing he can do – just have to ride it out or have a mini uneven fringe.

  14. Lucy Dawson
    August 5, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    Biggest shocker for me was my pelvic floor (or lack of it). When I first tried to do a work out when my baby was a few months old I completely wet myself…mortified!!!!!!

  15. Kathryn
    August 5, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    Even over a year on its still good to share. All the above sounds v familiar. I think it took 8 weeks before I could go to the loo without a squeezy bottle of lukewarm water! No one has mentioned the night sweats, hated these, maybe it was just me?!

    Can’t of been so bad though as I’m doing it all over again in 6 months.

  16. Cathy
    August 5, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    The one thing I was completely unprepared for was the huge area of numbness around my c-section scar; it’s such a weird sensation! No-one ever warned me that was one of the side effects of the surgery. 3 years after my second c-section and the feeling still hasn’t returned, so I don’t think it will!

  17. Caroline
    August 5, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Fab post! My top three shocks were:
    1) First post partum poo after a vaginal delivery, you think all your insides are going to end up in the toilet.
    2) Still (3 children, 6years and many Pilates classes later) being unable to sneeze without crossing my legs in preparation.
    3) My boobs before and after feeding; from massive rock hard watermelons to golf balls in socks.

  18. Georgie
    August 5, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    30 is definitely the magic number here. I had my son at 28 and sprung straight back into shape. Fast forward 4 years to now (3months after the birth of my daughter) and I still look maybe 4 months pregnant. It’s totally not fair because I was healthier this time around and everything.

  19. Fiona
    August 5, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    Peeing for England for two weeks post partum! Apparently it’s normal, however doesn’t help stitches down below xx

  20. Carolyn
    August 5, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Great read Ruth! I had a c section (emergency) 7 years ago… I was full of every conceivable drug going and was away with the fairies for most of the time…
    So much so that I was rather taken aback when I discovered that my new born Son was leaking… Drip, drip, drip onto my leg…. Even called one of the midwives over to ask where he was leaking from… Amazing when your milk appears so suddenly!!

  21. Denise jones
    August 5, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    After my second baby I contracted for another 72 hours after I delivered which my midwife told me probably happened with my first baby I just didn’t feel it. It was something to do with my uterus going back into place but I was put on bed rest until it all stopped.
    Another thing which I didn’t expected but I feel is very serious and needs to be mentioned is postnatal depression mine lasted a little over 2 year because I was too stubborn to go to my gp but that was the worst thing I could of done I missed a lot of my daughters life in the begging so I’d just like to say if anyone feels down or depressed please speak to someone or your gp about it. (Sorry for the downer comment)

  22. Suzanne
    August 5, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    For me, one of the most embarrassing things was the lack of control of your bodily functions. I had never farted before in front of my husband, just a personal choice, however after the birth of my baby girl 9 weeks ago, I am constantly ‘letting one go’ as it’s something I can no longer control. We’ll be out walking with the pram and I’ll be farting along the street then nearly wetting myself laughing as there’s not a thing I can do to stop it. On the other hand though, after waiting nearly 5 years to have a baby and having to use IVF, it was all worth it in the end.

  23. Emma
    August 5, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    Ah what a good read! I’m a midwife myself but nothing quite prepares you for post partum motherhood! Even when your used to looking after others, it’s very different when it’s you. I had my baby girl 16 weeks ago, being in the ‘other side’ was strange to say the least!
    The memory loss is the worst for me at the moment, it’s the times where you go upstairs to get something and come down empty handed! And I’m not sure if it’s just me that thinks of the most random things whilst feeding in the middle of the night?!
    Anyway I really hope your enjoying your lovely new addition, they bring such joy and are totally worth all the weird and wonderful things us mummies have to expetirnce! X

  24. Felicity
    August 5, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    I was staying over night in the children’s ward 3-4 nights after my first born, as he had jaundice. I went to the toilet in the middle of the night only to slip on a blood clot the size of my hand on the way out. This thing was huge, and I didn’t even feel it come out.
    Mind you I did give birth to my second in 90 seconds in a toilet, so I think I’m prone to extreme baby stuff.

    • Sarah stokes
      August 9, 2015 / 10:58 am

      This happened to me too after delivery of my 2nd daughter. I stood up to go to the loo after laying down feeding and felt something fall out of me – i pulled the emergency cord as i thought it was left over placenta or an intetal organ. Apparently you bleed loads when forst feeding as ot causes contractions. Gross.

  25. Sharon
    August 5, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Hi Ruth .. Thanks for the honesty, another thing was the sweating, esp during the night, wakening to very wet sheets, but MAJOR sweating, this continued for a while.. Prob all the fluid has to be released somewhere !
    The memory thing was hard but it does come back..
    S 🙂

  26. Ciara
    August 5, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Brilliant Blog! This has made me laugh out loud but maybe only because I’m three years on from my first child… I hope you never experience this but Mastitis was a dreadful & painful shock to the system. Breast feeding became so painful I would cry… When the nurse smiled and said the best way to fix it was to feed feed feed, I asked my husband if we could take her back for a refund! Look it up and keep an eye out for symptoms. On the plus side, looking back and reading this blog I find it astonishing how much mothers achieve on a daily basis on so little sleep with so many half eaten meals and forgotten cups of tea! Keep up the good work!

  27. Rhiannon
    August 5, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    For me it was trying to go to the loo after a tear from hole to hole, not for a wee but the other part haha. Anyways to me it feels when you sit down for the first time to go, that everything including stiches will fall out. I know it doesnt but god such a weird feeling! That and post uterus contractions. Ah post pregnancy joys. Im with you on the mattress of pads Ruth lol. Xx

    • Katie G
      August 7, 2015 / 9:38 am

      oh god this takes me back 4 years ago, I remember trying to go to the loo (2) and sitting there for hours, the pain was horrendous with all the stitches, to the point I just held it in for days and days.. the things we go through 🙂

  28. Lara
    August 5, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    I am loving your totally honest posts. My most memorable moment has to be when I was rushing around trying to get the clinic to get my daughter weighed. I popped her in the pram and raced up the hill before realising I had forgotten to put breast pads on and that along with a baby who had slept a good few hours resulted in me arriving with two great circles of leakage on my tightly stretched top! I was mortified and to are matters worse the health visitor then gave me a lecture as they were about to close the clinic. I cried.

  29. August 5, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Yep, all of the above, joy lol! I have also lost a lot of hair, apparently a hormonal thing as once your hormones drop to normal all that lovely thicker hair you had when pregnant goes and all the extra hair drops out, not sure how many people this happens too though, luckily it’s growing back in with baby hairs, but loads has come out and I mean loads! Now I have random sticky up baby hairs. X

  30. Nicole
    August 5, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    That really gave me a good giggle! I am 5 weeks away from c-section date on baby number 2 and am still trying to convince my hubby that i will have bleeding he doesn’t quite seem to get it!!
    Love the blog and you seem to be doing great! Congrats on becoming a mum x

  31. Rowena
    August 5, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    Loved reading this, made me realise that it wasn’t just me as I did start to feel like my body was shutting down. I had really bad shivers and sweats which even 2 pairs of pjs, a thick tog duvet, 2 pairs of socks and 2 thick picnic blankets didn’t help. It was agony. I feel so guilty for not b/feeding but looking back I worked myself up way too much and the squirting milk made it worse. I still have a saggy bread dough tummy 8months on :O xx

  32. August 5, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    Oh and crazy IBS the worst I’ve ever had! I also had horrendous trapped wind post c-section from all the air they stuffed back in me while they were putting me back together. Lovely! X

  33. Sarah
    August 5, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    OH MY GOD!! Thank you!! My husband and I are newly married and planning on starting a family very soon. My desperately wanting a baby is matched only by the fear and confusion over what exactly happens AFTER the baby. This helps in so much in getting perspective so I’m not a complete wreck, post-baby, when it finally happens.

    And my husband was completely fascinated by boobies turning into “milk pistols” (his words). Of course, because he’s a man.

  34. August 5, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Constipation.. yes gross but OMG the pain after my c-section and trying to poo was the worst I even had to get my husband to help by inserting a unblocking tablet in my bottom…thats love for you, we still laugh about it today what the other mums must have thought was going on behind the curtains I dont know!!
    Today my twin daugthers asked if they had got into my belly from my mouth and came out of my bottom… I want to say it sure felt like it but tgought better of that lol x

    • Katie G
      August 7, 2015 / 9:39 am

      haha made me smile:) xx

  35. Victoria
    August 5, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    The first wee/the other after birth. I was instructed to pour a bottle of water over my boys whilst weeing to take out the sting. At the the time I laughed because of how ridiculous I must’ve looked; wincing and ooo aaahhh all at the same time.

    I thought about going for a run and how I felt like my insides might actually fall out… A few months post partum.

    I’m about to do all this again in a few months. Helllllp!

    • Victoria
      August 5, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Bits* not boys! LOL

  36. Emma
    August 5, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    Nausea-still after a year, now and then.
    For me the big thing has been pelvic-girdle-pain, sciatica and pain in the fron thigh too (femoral nerve). all of it came postpartum. Really bad somedays. And I went through a rather painfree pregnancy. Exercise-moderate-everyday is my way to go.
    … Oh and clogged milkducts.
    And spontaneous bruising on the lower legs.

  37. August 5, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Oh the afterpains, excruciating! Mine hurt so bad, luckily my Darling was kind enough to do my uterine massages for me.
    As far as birthing naturally & caring for stitches down there (which I only had with our second baby), my midwives gave me a little squirt bottle, which I filled with an herbal “peri-wash”, and you just keep the area clean that way. The herbs help it heal faster as well. (TMI? )
    The postpartum hair loss is a treat, like Monika says, by the handfuls! I decided to go pixie after our second daughter, I just couldn’t stand seeing all of my waist-length hair slipping down the drain every time I washed my hair.
    Here’s a fun one: if I hear a baby crying, doesn’t even have to be mine, my breast let down like a dairy cow at milking time. And the accompanying nipple “tingle” is an unexpected bonus. I call it my Spidey Senses LOL!!
    My least favourite: night sweats. I literally need to change my shirt multiple times a night, and spread a bath towel to lie on, because it’s better than having to change sweat soaked bedsheets every morning.

  38. Aimee
    August 5, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Congratulations! I was exactly the same and constantly looking to Dr Google to check odd things were *normal*. I sweated at nighttime for about eight weeks apparently to do with the body releasing all the excess fluid – but happily by the time it passed I could see my ankles again and get my wedding rings back on! Also I still have really stiff ankles – again apparently the relaxin hormone that gets your hips ready for birth working away at the joints (and will do until breastfeeding tapers off).

  39. EJ
    August 5, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Hi Ruth, after kiehland’s forceps I felt completly butchered there…plus after two days of contractions my bladder collapsed so I had 10 days catheter and plastic bag on my knee. Every time (when I moved) catheter bruised the stitches I saw the stars. You should start to use vitamins for breastfeeding women (to avoid loose your hair and calcium from bones). My daughter is 15 months and I’m still breastfeeding. Good luck and enjoy your motherhood.

  40. Pen
    August 5, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    The excruciating pain when the baby latches on for the first few weeks. I remember feeling almost resentful (almost) as I winced and squirmed in pain while the baby stared up at me with steely eyes, sucking away with fierce determination. Even worse if you’re unfortunate enough to get mastitis, which I did at various points, with all three of mine. Worth it in the end though! Love your brilliant posts Ruth.

  41. Lucy
    August 5, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    So far for me my biggest shock is the hunger and thirst. I pretty much lost most of my appetite when pregnant and actually lost weight but not could literally eat everything in sight covered in chocolate whilst downing 4 pints of squash at the same time.. BFing and raising a small hunan is thirsty(&hungry) work. Am desperately hoping the BFing is working it’s magic burning off the calories!!

    Congratulations too by the way, my little boy was also born on the 17.6.15 too, in similar circumstances. 7 weeks in all is forgiven and loving it. xx

  42. Gayle
    August 5, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    I’d like to add trapped wind after c-section to the list. I’d never heard of this before, but apparently I’d a whopping great hole in my tummy for so long while they sorted me out that loads of air got in there. It was unbelievably sore, I thought I was a gonner. My tummy was hollow when the doctor tapped it and you could actually see it moving about under the skin. Not my finest hour!!!

  43. Li
    August 5, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    1- going to the toilet whilst holding pads *down there* for support.. Ie: incase any vital organs fall out of the gaping hole!
    2- forgetting to pop breast pads in and giving the man in the next car over an eyeful!
    3- engorged, Boulder-boobs and nipples tweaking when baby is asleep. Perfect.
    4- no sex drive at all. For the duration of BFing.
    5- not realising that the boob opposite baby feeding will still pump out milk without an infant attached!!

  44. Shradha Shah
    August 5, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    Lovely and very honest post Ruth… I have been following your beauty blog for a long time and I still give credit to your suggestion of using the alpha h intensive night repair serum for my glowing skin…. I too had a c-section and the biggest shocker for me and sorry if this is TMI was the gases after the section… Completely unexpected, was in so much pain and did not know what to do… Regarding the hair… Baby and you will usually start losing hair at the same time… Don’t be scared though… It settles back to normal if u keep eating healthy….

  45. Kate
    August 6, 2015 / 12:08 am

    I second the loss of bladder control! I very much knew it happened to plenty of women with coughing/sneezing/exercising, but I was shocked that my bladder completely emptied every time I stood up for a week or two after giving birth. Fortunately, it didn’t last, but between the bleeding and the peeing and the stitches, it was a real party down below for a while.

    I was also surprised by how much I would sweat while breastfeeding. Google assured me that I wasn’t alone, but it didn’t do much to up the glamour quotient in those early days! A year and a half in, I still get warm 🙂

    Thanks for such a lovely, honest post, Ruth! It’s a pleasure to share a bit of your journey!

  46. Jenna
    August 6, 2015 / 12:20 am

    I was an emotional wreck! Friends told me I might feel a bit sad but I was bursting into tears at random moments for no good reason at all. Thought I’d be ecstatic to finally hang out with my baby but I felt quite the opposite! So happy all that passed after a few weeks.
    Congratulations, Ruth! I stumbled upon your blog while pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl on the very same day as you 🙂 Only took me 1 year to conceive but was still at my wits end for a while… What a roller coaster this whole thing is! Xx

  47. Kelly
    August 6, 2015 / 12:30 am

    Three and a half weeks postpartum here, can’t wait for the bleeding to stop. I’ll be breastfeeding on one boob and then then other, thinking it is a good idea, will start leaking. I would say my stomach is 75 percent back to normal size but no longer taut!! Saggy and full of s-marks. That’s my biggest complaint. Also, every pregnancy website posts picture of flawles, mark free bellies making me think my own is the worst out there. Anyone else feel this way?

  48. Shona
    August 6, 2015 / 1:57 am

    Having a laugh here reading your post and everyone’s comments! Am still in the hospital after having my first – a little girl named Celeste – just 3 days ago. I had an episiotomy and then a c section in her birth so definitely understand your points on bleeding! I look forward to not worrying my guts will fall out every time I stand up. Breastfeeding is wonderful and painful though. My milk’s not come in yet but will Try not to shoot streams of it into my baby’s face!!
    My only body shock was that pooping during labour in a roomful of doctors and my husband didn’t kill me of embarrassment! As my sister in law once said to me “if that’s what you’re worrying about when it’s happening, then your labour isn’t that bad and more power to you” 🙂

  49. Jennifer
    August 6, 2015 / 2:20 am

    Reading your great posts are bringing me RIGHT BACK to post-partum haze. I had two vaginal births. Both… how do I say this delicately?… like Clowns Through a Drum. And, yes, I was the drum. The stitches were epic on the first, expected (but still epic) on the second. The bleeding (and all the FUN that goes with the stitches, and trying to heal) took about 12 weeks to subside. The perineal squirt-y cleaning bottle, the cooling antiseptic spray (that I looooved too much), the Tucks pads for prevention of hemorrhoids, etc. etc. How does one ever keep that area dry? Mmm… you don’t. It’s totally wishful thinking.

    When my first arrived one June several years back, I was TOLD I had to visit the beach where my in-laws lived when my husband went away on business… the second week in July… only three weeks post-baby-having. You know, to RELAX (?). Taking the whole shebang of baby stuff one suddenly needs, plus my whole, new, exciting bathroom routine (and all its components) to a house where I would be sharing a bathroom with others was traumatic/horrifying/humbling, and something I vowed NEVER TO DO AGAIN. But my post-baby/sleep deprived brain just nodded and went along. I feel your being away from your home and not in your own bathroom! It’s the little things. That whole week at the beach at my in-laws was spent telling everyone that I am in my room because I cannot breast-feed every other hour in front of my father-in-law, mother-in-law, and all 20 family members that were coming and going in that house just to see the new baby, that, and I needed my sanity, as well. I was a show-pony that week, and it was tough. While at the beach, I was told to “Go! Go into the water! We’ll take care of the baby!” Does anyone know exactly what they are saying to a three-week postpartum new mom that is wearing a sarong around her waist at the beach CLEARLY to disguise the mattress of a pad I must wear to prevent bleeding all over the sand? To then go into the ocean? The only water I could safely deal with was the water in my perineal bottle, or the warm shower that I took several times a day, not to bathe, but just to un-engorge my enormo breasts that confounded as they were huge/engorged a lot/super painful, yet produced teeny/minimal amounts of milk (though, I valiantly pumped on for months).

    I truly believe NO ONE knows (or wants to admit to) the myriad of gross comings and goings happening in one’s body… so they say, “hey, go on into the ocean… we’ll hang with the baby (until he cries, and then we’ll come and get you to INSTANTLY.” Yes, I went through years of problems trying to get pregnant, losing pregnancies, and trying to keep the pregnancy, that I truly did not know, either, the horror show to come while you are at your most depleted! When I went to my hair stylist three months post, I told him about the hair-loss that totally took me by surprise (no one, NO ONE, ever told me about this). And he said, “didn’t I tell you about that?” Nope. Huge clumps coming out as I try to wash it. It’s a total hormone thing (as is everything) and it is temporary. My hair never really LOOKED like it was coming out in clumps, but it was. That should take about 2-3 months. It should pass pretty quickly. But oh, yea, I still miss my fantastic pregnancy hair.

    That you have even made it to your computer to type in these complete paragraphs that actually make sense and string along as complete thoughts is TREMENDOUS. I marvel at your pace! To think one would need to update their blog, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, etc… all the while with new baby and not in one’s own home! Yikes! Rock on, Ruth… you are doing great! Thank you for this… I love hearing your take on this and to hear in your voice the happiness (and craziness) of life during and after baby.

    Cannot wait to see your new house pix! I bet you cannot wait to get back into your house. Don’t lift anything heavy whilst moving, beyond your wee one!


    • katie
      August 11, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      OMG. i just laughed and cried reading this. I am 28, unmarried and recently been feeling like a total failure that i haven’t settled down yet and had a baby. But this has made me realise you HAVE to be ready. massive respect to all you ladies who have gone through this Xx

  50. Emma
    August 6, 2015 / 5:13 am

    Ah ruth just reading this to a soaking wet bed and pj top!!! X

  51. Kathy
    August 6, 2015 / 6:56 am

    Great blog, I had my little boy (first child too) a couple of weeks before you, so I love reading all of your pregnancy / postpartum updates.
    In addition to your body shocks I would also add the severe night sweats. I would wake up with sodden pjs and hair and bed sheets, it was GROSS!!

  52. New mum to be
    August 6, 2015 / 7:19 am

    Ruth I love your honesty!
    I’d struggled for years to keep a pregnancy, and now at 35 weeks I can’t really believe I am here, and of course I’ve done nothing, not prepared anything. Its like I’ve stuck my fingers in my ears and just going lalalalalalalalala. I know at some stage I really should buy some things, and get ‘organised’ so your posts are great in helping me figure out the realities.
    Don’t stop writing! Thank you!

  53. Lucy Honeychurch
    August 6, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Oh yes, loss of bladder control! I remember holding my new little baby and nearly wetting my pants in front of the real estate agent. I also got something akin to tooth ache only it was painful ‘girl bits ache’ which was random and infrequent but occurred after everything had healed up. TMI I’m sure. 🙂

  54. Joanna
    August 6, 2015 / 7:45 am

    I remember all of that. I used to take shower and j could feel milk dripping down my belly. After few month5-6 u don’t need to wear breast pads but the first few, omg just like a cow. Memory loss I used to have this one as well and after 10 month of having my baby I think I’m. Ack to normal. Take care.

  55. Sam
    August 6, 2015 / 8:36 am

    I just had my baby late Monday night and your of is such a treasure Ruth. I’m reading it as things happen it’s like a premonition blog. My stitches hurt so much right now it’s nice to “share” this experience with other commenters! And look to the future less painful!

  56. Sarah
    August 6, 2015 / 8:54 am

    Hahaha love this Ruth ! It’s the stuff no one tells you. I’ve got four darlings and can clearly remember sitting one day feeding my first & literally staring rooted to the spot as my milk squirted from my other breast straight through my chiffon blouse – the shock and horror that I had two breasts with the power of a soda siphons ! By my forth I made sure I had a huge stash of huge black knickers, more breast pads than humanly possible, the biggest sanitary pads ultra, overnight, wings, mattress sized that I could get my hands on and a massive sense of humour. Us women are warriors no question ! It’s like literally padding/supporting/ every bit of your body for fear it’s gonna fall off, fall out or explode !

  57. August 6, 2015 / 9:43 am

    Tummy feeling numb, or touching it and not feeling anything… I had a c-section too and couldn’t feel it for weeks after

  58. Rose
    August 6, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Omg! I had totally forgotten how “glamerous” being a new mum is! Im due to give birth to my 3rd baby in 4 weeks and had only remembered about the horrendous bleeding that accures after, the amount of pjs and pants i went through at night was ridiculous. I cant comment on c-section stitches or scars as im lucky to have not had one yet…touch wood. How ever reading this post has made me remember the ring of fire o my dear god having a pee for the next week after birth is something im not looking forward to. How ever the whole memory thing i dont think will change from what it is now as my kids have to remind me of things like mummy i asked you for juice ages ago and id find i did infact get them a drink but left it on the kitchen side. I also have an issue remembering where things live like my freshly made cup of tea dies not belong in the fridge the milk that ive put in the cupboard next to the sugar actually lives in the fridge lol.

  59. Sarah
    August 6, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Hi Ruth and congratulations on the safe arrival of your beautiful baby!
    I had a question about whether you found you were able to tolerate dairy again during pregnancy and beyond, I know some time ago you were having skin problems and I have suffered similarly in terms of dairy related skin issues, mainly rosacea for me. I’m newly pregnant and very cautious about any kind of restrictions in pregnancy and wondered what your experience/views were?

  60. Sarah stokes
    August 6, 2015 / 11:33 am

    Hi Ruth, just to say I am really enjoying your honest and hilarious posts. I had a baby daughter a few weeks before you, she is 13 weeks now. I also have a nearly 4 year old girl. Things are very different the second time round, with my little baby having to get used to patiently waiting while I deal with her older, louder sister.

    Post partum I have had alot of hot flushes and night sweats, I also never get the chance to shower. Not a great combination.

    Congratulations and thank you for your posts x

  61. Evelyn girasoli
    August 6, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    Hair loss. I nearly passed out in the shower about 3 months after giving birth. One arm was totally covered in hair that had just come out all at once. I was relieved to read that you don’t lose hair when pregnant (part of what makes you look all glowing and gorgeous whilst pregnant) but you lose it rapidly afterwards. It was a bit traumatic though. I don’t know why we don’t all go in to post traumatic stress. It really is an assault on the body all round.

  62. Barbara
    August 6, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Hello Ruth. What about linea negra? This big black line forming on the stomack which for me took ten months to go away once i stopped breast feeding. I thought it would never ever go! I also got stuck with pregnancy mask…. These really are not things you would talk about with a first time pregnant woman, she would freak out;) “oh yeah, not only are you going to be exhausted, you’ll lose blood, have cramps, lose hair, milk will come out from many tiny holes, you’ll lose hair oops sorry i mentioned that already, brain fog…” BUT i would do it all over again:)

  63. Alityke
    August 6, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    My 2 are grown & flown but after son no 2 my abdominus rectus muscle never closed up and despite being slim I had a apron which hung onto my thighs. It took me 17 years to get an abdominoplasty!

    The other thing I have never forgotten was the baby blues which hit me like a train 5 days after having my first. Boy oh boy did I cry solidly for about a weak, this did not turn into depression, thankfully, but no one had warned me it was normal, especially when I’m not and never have been a cryer.

    Post baby life is never the same, it’s always “we” not “I” and the logistics of life in general require a little more thought. The older they are the bigger the logistics and the challenges they offer.

    The love and adoration they give you makes everything worthwhile. Enjoy the coming years

  64. Lara
    August 6, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    So funny & just today I had an oops moment at crossfit forgot breastpads & leaked trained with 2 massive wet patches & tissues! Best breast pads are lansinoh the reusable just cause nipple thrush xxx

  65. Courtney
    August 6, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    So funny! I didn’t know about the bleeding either. I actually thought it stopped right after birth.. within hours. Lol. Silly me… My biggest surprise I think was leaking pee when I’d take my daughter for walks (to shed the weight). Whenever I’d go downhill my muscles that contained my bladder (I guess??) were too weak to hold it in. SO glad that fixed itself over time.. I also didn’t realize how irritated nipples get from breastfeeding.. my daughter wouldn’t latch properly and they just hurt too bad to continue so I exclusively pumped and bottle fed her with my milk. It actually worked out pretty well because I could pump whenever I pleased and I always had a fresh supply in the fridge. I was also free to go places without her if I needed to and have her dad feed her. I think I’d do that again if I have another baby.

  66. Rachel
    August 7, 2015 / 5:48 am

    I am pregnant with my first, due in November. Thank you all for your complete unabashed honesty! I feel educated and horrified! ahhh!! Mothers are truly amazing beings and I can’t wait to join your army:)


  67. August 8, 2015 / 9:00 am

    Oh Ruth! Your post had me laughing and nodding.
    What surprised me was that milk doesn’t just squirt out of a single hole in the nipple, like out of a bottle, but more like a shower head! I didn’t know there were multiple little holes for the milk to come out of.

  68. Geri
    August 8, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Yep, i can tick all of the boxes, and I wished someone had told me about it beforehand! I left hospital gutted that my stomach was still one of an 8 months pregnant woman! I naively thought I’d be back in my regular clothes straight away …
    And the hot flushes … My god! I spent 2 months sweating like a pig during the nights, having to change my bed linen every day (after both my pregnancies). When I asked the doctor or midwives about this, they said they’d never hear of such a thing !! It turns out that it’s absolutely normal and very common.

  69. tamara
    August 8, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    I was shocked when my little princess had such problem latching on because i had quite flat nipples that wouldn’t get erect ! 3 weeks of hard bfing, and 3 weeks of my poor little baby dreading the time to bfeed as she would scream for min 40 min before she would latch on, eventually had to turn to formula as i needed to feed her one way or another….also another surprise to my eyes it takes forever to get a flat stomach back , 4.5 months later and still look 5 months pregnant !!! ohh well to busy in love with my baby to stress to much about my stomach 😉 congratulations on your little baby angelica , true life miracles that we have our little ones 😉

  70. Kirsty
    August 9, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    My baby boy is just over 2 weeks old and I am soooooo glad I have found this blog! For me, the bleeding is still going strong and I thought it would have stopped by now but now I know it’s normal! Also, I went the whole pregnancy obsessively oiling my belly so I wouldn’t get stretch marks and I succeeded… And then after a bit of a traumatic labour I now have a belly covered in stretch marks! Bloody typical!
    Re. hair loss…. Terrified!

  71. Sarah
    August 9, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Your post really did make me chuckle. Your top 5 are my top 5, even down to the fact that I assumed that a c section meant no downstairs bleeding. I’ve had a c section twice; first an emergency and second an elective. I can confirm though that the jelly belly and overhang does goes and almost 3 years after my second section, the scar is flat. Enjoy every moment with your precious little one (I have to say, your makeup is looking epic. Are you wearing Les Beiges?)

  72. Zoe Jeffery
    August 9, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    Ahhh Ruthy you are so wonderful I love your blog and reviews and have been so excited for your baby news , I know exactly how you feel, my daughter is nearly 5 now but I so remember the post baby body things. I had to sit on a blooming orthopedic ring cushion for flipping weeks, as my undercarriage was flipping killing and I my nipples were raw where she was chowing down on them so hard I was crying. But all the pain is so worth it, you girl is so beautiful, congratulations to you xxx

  73. Irina
    August 9, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Hi Ruth, first of all congratulations on the birth of your baby! For me the surprising thing was how in a few days after the birth (I had C-section too) the water stored in my body during pregnancy was let go… it happened from the upper part of my body towards my feet, so when my hands and chest looked really squeesed, my feet were like eleophant’s…

  74. Jen
    August 10, 2015 / 2:03 am

    Haha I always referred to it as the jelly belly. Feels so weird and wobbly. Also, as for number three, I went shopping one day only to come home and figure out the front of my shirt was wet on one side. I tried to recall how many people I may have spoken to whilst in that My major post-baby body surprise now….is while my youngest child is now nine, I still have issues with my leftover pregnancy mask and mild bladder incontinence from time to time. I’m pretty sure that’s why there’s a Mother’s Day though.

  75. Jana D
    August 10, 2015 / 4:42 am

    I forgot how much I appreciated toilet paper until I couldn’t use any postpartum and had to use that insufferable squirt bottle in place of toilet paper for the first 2 weeks after birth.

  76. Leigh Cooper
    August 12, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    Personal body shocks: the wobbly jelly belly. My kids are now 15 and 13 and I have a nice, flat tummy, so don’t worry, it goes away. And, no, it didn’t take that long, lol!

    The old lady bits suddenly seemed extra small. I kind of expected everything to be all huge, you know, after a human being had just gone through them but it was quite the opposite!

    The super, super tiredness. I mean greying, draining tiredness, worse than during pregnancy. I found out afterwards that breastfeeding depletes your body more than pregnancy does. Isn’t that crazy?

    Never had the hair loss. I don’t think that happens to everyone. You might just get lucky on that score altogether, Ruth! 🙂

  77. Angela
    August 13, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Don’t forget you’re pelican floor exercises! I had a c section too and foolishly thought that meant I didn’t need to bother doing them. It wasn’t until I ended up needing physio for back pain after 4 months that after a c section the pelvic floor and core exercises are even more important!

  78. Neva
    August 15, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    Where to even start!? Thanks for this post reading it and the other womens comments made me feel so muc more normal!!

    -So I had 2 MONTHS of post baby bleeding. With a one week break after week 3. How people concieve their second kids (my mum and aunt are 10months apart in age) I will never know. I also had a c-section and i optimistically packed one pack of night-time period pads in my bag. Hahahahahhahahahah hahahhahahah omg I look back now and cringe when the nurse just said ‘oh bless you hon you have no idea’

    As for the tummy. Im 5,10 normally 58kg. It just would not blooming go down. The loose skin was just ugghh i could fold it in to my pants at one point. I didnt care about the weight but my self-esteem was just horrible around summer. I was so upset because as the months passed everything else sort of snapped back apart from the stomach so it stuck out even more. Then randomly I hit month 10 of post babyness.. and the same way my tummy popped when pregnant it just went back to normal. So weird. How the loose skin vanished I have no idea! I havent done a single situp.

    Also didnt expect to lose THAT much hair months 5-7x. It was just coming out in clumps. The carpet was covered. My head had bald patches and I was sooo loving the thick hair I had.

  79. August 18, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    I remember standing over the sink with milk pouring out of my boobs (udders?) when my husband stuck his hand in the stream and exclaimed “Oh! It’s warm!”

    “Well it hasn’t come out of the f*cking fridge has it?” was my amused, if a little terse reply.

  80. Zeynep
    August 28, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    I had perineal stitches and it hurt awfully for about a week.
    It hurt while I was sitting, standing up, walking, travelling in a car (very sensitive for bumps) and you can imagine how it hurts when I sneeze! Actually I stopped in the midway of a sneeze and I don’t even know it was possible. Now you do. Postpartum miracle.

  81. Kristin
    September 1, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    Omg you all scare me – Do I ever want to have a babyoO

  82. Amber Minaya
    January 4, 2017 / 3:24 am

    Hi, Ruth! I love your blog! Can you please share with us what is your diet? You look so good after having your first baby. Hewre I am, 16 months post-partum and still trying to lose a couple of pounds. Any advice on diet and exercise that you do is welcome. Congrats on your second baby!


  83. Lora O'Callaghan
    September 21, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Reading through all these has given me a sense of relief. I’ve been back and forth to the GP after having my first baby, a little boy experiencing numerous bodily issues which have heightened my sense of worry (not great for the mind!)
    To be fair going back into hospital after having the little one with an infection didn’t help as now every time I feel hot (which seems to be a thing, does everyones body tend to feel warmer after the first born?!) it makes me think it’s something else!
    I agree on the random bruises on legs, exhaustion leading to brain fog and dizziness now and again!, tension headaches, scatia, general aches and pains (stomach and back) oh and discharge and an increase in weeing!

    Oh the joys of motherhood ey!

  84. MaryV
    December 22, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Of course, during pregnancy you face many challenges from mental to physical. But all your loss is converted into profit when you get your lovely baby. And I can’t express the feeling of living a life with a baby, it is really wonderful.

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