Fri May 11, 2012 11:17 am
There are two topics that I wish I would have known more about.
1. Limit the amount of people that come to the hospital. I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings so I allowed everyone to be there. My DH's father was adamant about being there when the baby was born, which was fine, but I was being induced at 40 weeks and had not progressed at all. I told them it would be a while and we would call them, but he did not listen. They came up to the hospital and remained in my room all night and day until I had my DS. I was so uncomfortable. Then after that baby was here we had non-stop visitors’ every day, all day long. I know that I should have been grateful but when you have visitors all day you get NO rest and you really need it. This time around I am asking that everyone come after the baby gets here and I giving a time period. I did not get an immediate bond with my DS because there were so many people there to see him right away. This might seem harsh, but you can't get a redo!
2. Post Partum Depression: I had little knowledge on this topic because I felt as though I would never have this because I had wanted a child for so long... I was WRONG. Just know that you cannot control your hormones after childbirth and that you are not the only one suffering for this condition. Please, please tell someone how you are feeling. Do not try to hide it and pretend everything is ok. Your doctor should be able to give you some great advice or even medicine to help you cope. I was very lucky to have my mother and husband that understood it and made sure every step of the way that I was ok.