Don’t get me wrong – I read the books and heard the tales. I was aware that there were symptoms, aches and pains after having a baby, but it went in one ear and out the other. All I cared about was getting through what I once considered the hardest part – labor & delivery. It didn’t occur to me until later that the challenging but rewarding parts were just beginning.
I didn’t want anything to distract me, though. I wanted the challenging and rewarding parts of parenting, and not the challenging and unrewarding parts about postpartum symptoms. If I had listened more, I would have been more prepared.
And with my second child, I was! Granted, I was sent straight to the hospital from a routine 38 week doctor appointment, and I had no time to pack or prepare for that day, but luckily I already had a list of what I would need in my hospital bag or at home for the days after the hospital. One of the most important things may surprise you, but so might these symptoms!
1. Your hair will probably fall out. Have no worries – it WILL stop. It’s just that your body held onto hair during pregnancy, and will now shed the hair your body held onto all at once. For me it was from 3-6 months postpartum with both kids.
2. Breastfeeding might hurt. A LOT. Or maybe not at all. There all sorts of adjustments to be made with your body. Not breastfeeding might hurt too because milk might come in, even if you plan to let it dry up. Either way can be tough!
3. Hormones are no joke. The beginning can be tough in so many emotional and physical ways with fluctuating hormones. Physically, don’t be surprised to find yourself sweating through the night or even getting a low grade fever.
4. Phantom baby? Your bigger stomach may not go away right after birth. With my first, I was surprised at how it looked right after birth and for the first several weeks or months. It was actually faster with my second but more for different activity levels. I also still felt phantom kicks after both of my children were born! I guess I got used to that feeling!
5. There will be postpartum bleeding. For the first few days after birth, it will be bright red and look like a heavy menstrual period. It may come out intermittently in small gushes or flow more evenly. It will change in volume and color after a few days but may keep going for about ten days. The hospital will give you mesh underwear and terribly clumsy pads. I had a friend give me something even better – Depend Silhouette products! They were wonderful and SO much better than pads.
To help spread #Underwareness, though, the primary use of Depend Silhouette Active Fit products are for bladder leakage – and that is certainly another VERY common aftereffect of giving birth. And not only that, it might not go away completely the way the other symptoms will. Luckily, Depend has incredible products designed for discretion, comfort and dependability.
Des was very curious about the Depend Silhouette Active Fit package because he is potty-training. He was wondering if the briefs also came in Superman print just like his underwear does. Sadly they don’t.. but..
• Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs have a lower rise+ for an underwear-like look, fit and feel.
• As a category first, Depend SAF is available in black and beige colors
• More people with bladder leakage are in their 20’s than their 80’s
• The average age of someone with bladder leakage is only 52!
• More people with bladder leakage are 50 or younger than 60 or older!
Depend is entering year two of #Underwareness (clever, no?), a social movement & charitable cause aimed at breaking down the bladder leakage stigma. As part of Underwareness, the Depend brand encourages people to show their support for women with bladder leakage. For every photo & video shared using #Underwareness – featuring Depend products, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research & education of bladder leakage.
Since I haven’t experienced bladder leakage at all, I interviewed a close friend who has been experiencing it:
• When did you first experience bladder leakage? It actually started when I was still pregnant and made any sudden movements or got up fast. Sadly, it didn’t go away after I had my baby.
• How did you go about finding solutions for protection? I was embarrassed but asked my doctor. She suggested kegel exercises and also using Depend products.
• What feelings did you have when you realized you have bladder leakage? Very embarrassed but as I’ve talked to friends and family about it, I realize it happens to MANY women.
• Do you have any tips or advice for others experiencing bladder leakage? Don’t get too hung up on it because it’s very common and there are products to help us. Also it does get better with time.