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July 2013 - Part 1. Remember your pelvic floor exercises!

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TotallyEggFlipped Mon 05-Aug-13 15:31:07

Time to start the post-natal thread.


Silver15 Mon 05-Aug-13 23:37:46

Marking my place and clenching.

Congratulations wombat.

Thanks Panda and Dinky for advice re: tear care and thanks all for the congratulations.

TomDaleysTrunks Tue 06-Aug-13 01:21:06

Morning all. Just checking in - thanks for the PFE reminder. Day 5 today, engorgement slightly better. Latch still not brilliant but working on it. It's better in the day when feeding on the sofa, not so good at night.
Anyone else constantly starving? Have to bring a cereal bar to bed with me!

Dd had lost 5% of birthweight at day 3. Being weighed again weds (day 6), here's hoping for a positive result.

Any tips for keeping the newborns awake for short times in the day? DD is nocturnal at the moment. Dreading next week already when DH is at work and I'm home with 2 DD!

Cheeseandbread Tue 06-Aug-13 05:14:04

Marking spot.

Sorry I've been a bit of a lurker rather than a poster lately. My sleep deprived brain couldn't cope.

Congratulations to those who have just had their babies- baby brain can't remember who.

Dinky sorry baby J has been up a lot in the night. It sounds like the cranial osteopath might have solutions though.

MrsD glad you've felt able to talk to the HV. Hope your feeling a bit more positive.

I also feel like I've been feeding non-stop for 4 weeks. I feel like sometimes I have good days and sometimes bad and there doesn't really seem to be a reason for it. J had been going through a phase of crying uncontrollably in the evenings- DH settled her last night while I went to sleep as not even my boob was comforting her in the end. Would a dummy help do you think?

Feeling a little stressed at the mo as along with coping with a newborn I'm trying to organise best friends hen this weekend. The other friend I'm organising it with has two small DS and is pregnant... So we are a fairly hopeless pair. She lives in London and I live 2hrs away on the south coast- she wants us to meet in London for cash and carry shopping but I'm not sure I can face a trip with J in the car for that long... I've only done short trips on my own. I might tell her I could do food shopping near me (we were also supposed to meet and do this jointly) and then we pool out resources (she also has her DH to help her ad he is a teacher and on hols where as I am on my own). Do you think that's reasonable?

Sorry for self indulgent post...

BB01 Tue 06-Aug-13 05:28:16

Definitely reasonable cheese! Sounds unnecessary to me to travel that far to go food shopping when you could just do what you suggested

BB01 Tue 06-Aug-13 05:29:15

Tom I am hungry all night! Usually have big bowl if cereal at one of the night feeds, sometimes more snacks at another one

Cheeseandbread Tue 06-Aug-13 05:41:22

Thanks BB01. I like your snacking options. I have been eating my fair share if cake lately.... Not in the middle of the night though smile

TomDaleysTrunks Tue 06-Aug-13 05:55:42

cheese that sounds reasonable to me too. Just split the shop. Hope hen weekend goes well.

BB01 glad I'm not the only one who likes their nocturnal snacks!

TomDaleysTrunks Tue 06-Aug-13 05:57:28

Oh and god the cake eating has reached epic proportions! DH wouldn't let me buy any more at the supermarket yesterdayhmm. I did manage to sneak in a box if Viennese Whirls though!

Cheeseandbread Tue 06-Aug-13 06:46:36

Tom I think cake eating is essential for successful breast feeding and make sure there is a constant supply! Thanks for reassurance too. I've just sent my friend a long email explaining how I feel about driving up to London and suggesting splitting the shopping. Hopefully she'll be ok about it.

Cheeseandbread Tue 06-Aug-13 06:48:59

Tom I wasn't sure what Viennese Whirls were so googled them- I want some too now!!

MrsRoss26 Tue 06-Aug-13 06:56:27

marking place, and remembering to clench

Has anyone else's appetite just disappeared? I'm bfeeding, but eating so much less than even pre-pg. My supply seems to be satisfying C so hopefully it's not an issue. Also hoping it will contribute to some decent weightloss grin

Congrats all on our graduation to post-natal! I can't quite believe we made it!

MightBeMad Tue 06-Aug-13 07:03:50

Mea Ross - no! Sadly that's not something I'm experiencing, but then it never takes much to tempt me to cake or chocolate grin

MightBeMad Tue 06-Aug-13 07:08:30

Ps I'm also hoping for bf weightloss. I've given myself until DS regains his birthweight to eat what I like and convalesce, and then the healthy eating plan starts, followed, when pelvic floor recovery allows, by the walk myself fit again plan!!!

dinkystinky Tue 06-Aug-13 07:41:48

Morning all. MrsRoss - my appetite appears to have gone - am forcing myself to eat but its a bit of a slog. I think its because J is such a sleepless wonder - IME sleep deprivation tends to take you one of two ways, either you eat loads to compensate or you dont want to eat at all.

Cheese - definitely split the shopping.

Persuasion Tue 06-Aug-13 07:52:54

It doesn't look like f is going to let me go back to sleep so I've finally had time to catch up.

Congratulations to wombat, I hope your first few days are going ok?

Cheese that plan sounds totally reasonable to me.

I think my appetite is more or less the same as before. I'm thirsty all the time though, am getting through litres of water a day.

I've had a bad night. I still haven't recovered from our weekend growth spurt, Sunday night was ok but last night she was feeding every 1-2 hours but awake crying between so I got very little sleep. I think I'd been having it relatively easy before this but the sleep deprivation is a killer. And I hate it when she is obviously miserable but nothing I do seems to make it better.

Shockingundercrackers Tue 06-Aug-13 08:40:36

Just marking. Congratulations everyone on getting all these gorgeous babies safely into the world. Sounds like they're all feeding well, gaining weight (my mw said they look for a loss of no more than 10% of birthweight, and to gain that back by two weeks so all those losses and gains sound perfect to me!).

Well done on the pelvic floor exercises and for getting out of the house. Hurray for the July mums!

Beginningofthejourney Tue 06-Aug-13 09:47:30

cheese could you do an online shop to get it delivered to wherever hen weekend is? Save all that lugging shopping in and out? I helped plan two hen weekends while pregnant not sure my brain would function now! Hope you have fun smile

MightBeMad Tue 06-Aug-13 11:04:21

Quick update: DS is back to within 2oz of his birthweight grin we have one more mw appointment on Friday to check he's back beyond that marker before we're discharged from the mws but all is looking good! Phew!

McKTastic Tue 06-Aug-13 11:20:53

Hello all grin - Postnatal!!!!

Offspring out for a walk with DGPs so am off to supermarket whoohoo! Shelley I hope the MW was lying about her Auntie - I've got the fear after reading that now!!

I think (rather ashamedly) I'll always be more of a reader/lurker than a prolific poster but just wanted to say I'm still here & enjoying the journey with you all!

TotallyEggFlipped Tue 06-Aug-13 11:54:43

Yay for good news at the weigh-in, MightBe!

Loving the name change, Panda

Sorry you had a bad night, Persuasion

I'm another one with the BF munchies, Tom. Mostly munching through bagels and other carbs. Kidding myself that 7 blush bagels in one day is better than a couple of muffins.

HV visiting this afternoon. Looking forward to seeing how much the boob monster has gained.

wavesandsmiles Tue 06-Aug-13 13:05:31

I have good ten day weigh in news too, Caspian is an ounce over his birthweight so now 7lb 4 and we are discharged from the midwives. He even slept for 4.5 hours last night so I don't feel utterly drained today smile

I'm eating nuts and cake mostly and conning myself that I am eating no more than the extra 500 cals a day that bfeeding apparently uses up! And I'm sure that because I'm making my own cakes that is using up extra calories too.

ClenchingPanda Tue 06-Aug-13 14:57:21

I'm definitely not one for starvation in the face of sleep deprivation! The only thing from stopping me eating all the time is having to hold a surgically attached baby - need to get a sling!

My MW specifically instructed me to up my carb intake, so Totally your bagel-fest sounds spot on, and Waves baking your own cakes definitely uses up more calories which need replacing even if using a food processor .

Junior Panda has turned a bit grizzly overnight so I'm desparate for a nap... if only he would stop feeding!

Thinkingofmyfabfour Tue 06-Aug-13 16:10:09

Marking place
Holiday home has no wifi shock so struggling to get on mn at all. Not great when m is having her 3 hour overnight marathons...

MrsRoss26 Tue 06-Aug-13 16:20:39

Those with grizzly/heavy eaters, have you been able to master feeding lying down? We haven't managed it yet, but it sounds like a good substitute for actual napping?

We do all seem to be doing (largely) well. Problem this end is that I was just discharged from mw care sad I didn't want to lose her! Hoorah for fab midwives, and their cheery disposition smile C was weighed this afternoon, and has gained a whopping 4oz over her birth weight, so this weekend's cluster feeding did the job.

MrsRoss26 Tue 06-Aug-13 16:21:46

thinking 3 hour feeds? Yikes! Is lo latched the whole time?

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