Annakate is 17 days old today and I am still recovering from delivery. I thought that the worst nights of final month of pregnancy was over. I was so wrong. Postpartum journey a.k.a fourth trimester is worse than I ever prepared myself for.
Pain after childbirth, although common, can be an unpleasant surprise for the new mother like me. Such pains can be as intense and as severe as labor pains. This pain can last for as long as three months after childbirth depending on the rate of recovery. Every woman is different, therefore the rate of recovery definitely varies from one another. The pains that a new mother usually has are due to strained tissues and can affect the breasts, the vagina, the groin, the lower abdominal, the stomach, the back and the pelvic area. (I know it’s TMI!)
Trust me, a woman like me who had a third degree tear will definitely take at least 3-6 weeks to feel normal again. It hurts to lift up my left leg. It hurts to sit down for more than 30 minutes. It hurts to walk up the stairs. It just hurt to even to get myself in or out of the bed. It hurts to carry Annakate for more than 3 minutes. I swear that the first two weeks of postpartum period was dreadfully indescribably horrible. Who would have thought the pain of postpartum period is worse? Truth to be told, I did not see this coming. Nevertheless, I am getting better each day bit by bit.
Having said that, with the amount of herbs intake and observation of the confinement practices, I have been recovering gradually as expected. In addition to the confinement diet, I have had 4 postnatal massages so far and each session had rejuvenated me from my sleepless nights. Postnatal massages are inevitably beneficial in stimulating blood circulation and toning up the muscles, hence escalating the rate of recovery in mothers. Besides that, massages help my uterus to shrink and therefore, my belly is getting smaller.
Oh, I gained a whopping 42 pounds from bearing Annakate and after delivering her, I remembered my bathing scale measured a weight loss of only 10 pounds. I am so glad that as of yesterday, I had lost another 14 pounds. This means, I have another 18 pounds to shed. Ganbate ne, I know I can get slip into my pre-preggo jeans in no time. I just gotta have faith.
Despite having such pain, I would say the joy of embracing my dearest Annakate has covered up all moans and groans of the postpartum period. How could I not smile to see the product of Mike and Grace? How could I not be thrilled to see a healthy daughter in our arms? It is simply amazing to see this tiny miracle that the Lord has blessed us with. She is beautiful, marvelous, and perfectly crafted by our Heavenly Father.
Her existence is definitely worth all pain and sleepless nights. She may drive me crazy at times with her ferocious cries but when I see her innocent eyes and dazzling smile, oh boy, I melt unceasingly. Breastfeeding journey started with horrible-looking and sore nipples due to improper latching at the beginning. However, my support group of mothers encouraged me that the first two weeks of pain will soon be paid off. They were right. I am now joyfully enjoying the bonding sessions with Annakate.
Well, well, well… I have entered the era they called “MOTHERHOOD”. Let the journey begin.