Taking It Easy

Of course, me being me, I rushed myself into resuming normal activities. It’s hard not to when you have three children and a household relying on you, but I learned my lesson.

Took a late night trip to the hospital last night and spoke with the women in the maternity department for quite a bit. (Warning: too much information coming up). My postpartum bleeding started phasing out and came back in a couple large gushes. Turns out this was a warning sign from my body telling me to take it easy. Trucking around large loads of laundry and occasionally lifting my nearly thirty pound one year old are apparently a BIG no no. Whereas I thought I was allowed to lift about twenty pounds and do as I please, the “take it easy for two weeks” thing is more serious than I thought and the lifting limit during that two weeks is only ten pounds.

I felt hot, clammy and generally unwell last night. I also had a low fever of 99 degrees and some random abdominal pains. Off to the hospital for a serious reality check. If I don’t stop pushing myself I will likely end up hospitalized and someone else will have to carry 100% of my weight around the house. The way the woman in maternity explained it to me last night was news to me. There is basically an internal scab that I keep reopening every time I push myself too far. Yuck!

Today, I’m guzzling water and taking it easy… Resisting the urge to do any lifting or strenuous activity, I even cancelled the boy’s doctor appointment. I’ll chalk this one up to a learning experience that will hopefully help someone else understand that when the doc says to take it easy, you listen.

2 thoughts on “Taking It Easy

  1. I was also surprised when I read somewhere on the Internet that postpartum bleeding isn’t just “leftover” stuff from the uterine lining, like a period; some of it is from a wound from where the placenta peeled away, and that’s why you can bleed more if you do too much physical activity. I wish more pregnancy + baby information sources told us this.

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    • I agree! When I returned to the hospital I learned more postpartum information than ever before (and this was my third baby). Luckily, the woman who sat down with me really ran through absolutely everything and even shared some personal stories to really help me understand. It would have been nice to know the real reason for having to take it easy!


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