Sometimes there are things that happen after you have a baby that you would not expect. There are things that you have never heard of or think about happening. Certainly you don’t hear people talk about it. Here are 3 things that happened to me after having a baby that I wasn’t expecting.
1. My C-Section incision started “weeping”. A few weeks post baby I noticed my incision start leaking a small amount of fluid. Being this was my first go at having a baby/c-section, it was pretty alarming. When I went to the doctor, he popped open the incision and swabbed out that little section. After a week or so it stopped. However, the process of him doing that hurt tremendously. I am not sure if it is a quick and routine thing or if other doctors give painkillers for it but my goodness it was painful.
2. I got an abscess in my breast from breastfeeding. This is the MOST painful thing I have ever experienced aside from passing out from muscle spasms in my back. For the longest time I thought it was just a clogged milk duct from breastfeeding. I tried and tried to get it to unclog but after a few weeks I decided to go to the doctor for it. I had a 4cm abscess at that point. Since I was breastfeeding they couldn’t cut it open and drain it because of the milk I was producing. So for this, I had to go I twice a week for them to try to drain it via needles and syringes. First, they would “numb” it by injecting it with something that felt like bees in my breast. Then, came time for them to dig around in there with needles (which I felt). Once leaving, I didn’t want to talk or move or anything because it was so painful. This is also the time when I just found out that my back was broken.
3. Weak bones. This could have happened before pregnancy, however, I never had issues or any reason to think that and it has been found that pregnancy and breastfeeding does weaken bones. For the first 3 months of my back pain, I attributed it to poor breastfeeding posture because that is what every doctor told me it was. Then, I started passing out from back spasms associated with what was happening. Even then I wasn’t getting answers to what was really happening. It took two times of my passing out to get an MRI to figure it out. Next, was the recovery process that took the rest of the year to get through (it was April when I officially found out about my fractures).
I am not telling you this to scare you. It is just things to think about if things don’t seem right. For every 100 people with postpartum back pain, maybe only 1 will be something actually worth being concerned about. But, if there is one thing that I have learned, it is that you must be your own advocate. Even if everyone is telling you the things you are experiencing are normal. If they don’t seem normal, there is a chance they aren’t. If you believe something isn’t right, find a doctor that will help you get to the bottom of it until you feel it is okay.
Also, don’t be afraid to go to the doctor even if it seems minor. If I wouldn’t have been stubborn and went to the doctor sooner for the abscess, it wouldn’t have been so bad.
Just a few things to be aware of that are possible.
Have A Lovely Day!