What Happens To U Straight After Bubs Is Born

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dee23 - April 2

nobody ever talks about this! how long do you stay on that bed until they wheel u into the post room? i assume they would numb u then st_tch u if u need it or somehow fix u up first. how long do u need to have your legs spread afterwards??(lol sry if in-depth) im hating the idea of having to keep my legs spread like that for so long. and no matter where...all i hear about labor and birth ends as soon as the baies born then its all about the baby. i would like to know what happens to US right after bubs is born. cheers.


layney - April 2

Well, I don't know where you're from and how they do things there, but at my hospital once the baby is born, you get to meet him or her (they place the baby on your chest) unless there are problems...then they take the baby away to be cleaned up and they help you deliver the placenta, then st_tch and clean you up (if you need st_tches). Then they get you comfy and put a big pad blanket under you and a pad between your legs. After that you're done and get to lie there and recover. When the drugs wear off (if you get them) they help you to the restroom. They are ALWAYS checking you "down there" the first few hours to make sure you are bleeding enough, but not too little or too much, to make sure your st_tches aren't getting infected, to change your pad, etc. Even on day two they check again for bleeding, tears in st_tches and hemorrhoids. Yay!!! (ugh) In my hospital, the delivery room is the same room as the recovery room - they do it all right in the same room. Then they clean it all up and let your visitors in.


pbj - April 2

I delivered in a women's hospital, and like layney said it varies slightly everywhere and with each doctor. Mine was pretty much the same except I labored and delivered in the same room, but the difference was since I had an epidural I recovered there only until I could walk on my own, urinate and my uterus fell below my belly b___ton; which took about 1 -1 1/2 hours. I was then moved to a different room for the remainder of my stay. Oh and of course i nursed for a while as well. It takes a little while for the epidural to wear off enought so you can walk is really the main thing. After I delivered they placed her on my chest then took her to the other side of the room to be weighed etc while I delivered the placenta, had my epidural removed and was st_tched...which I didn't feel since the epidural had not worn off yet. If you don't have an epidural they will ususally numb the area before st_tching; I don't think they numb before you tear, but if they're doing an episiotomy then I think they numb first. It really didn't take that long maybe about 15 minutes, it goes by really quickly. I wish I could tell you how long after a natural birth, but I don't know...I'm sure you may get a few more responses.


Erin1979 - April 2

For me, I had an epidural. My dd was born at 6:25 am. They st_tched me up and then gave me breakfast. Once my legs started to get some feeling back, they put me in the wheelchair and took me to recovery. I think from the time my dd was born until they gave me breakfast was only about 45 minutes....but I think I was only "spread" about 20 minutes after she was born. I hope that helps.


desiree - April 2

hey, dee23. My son is now a little over 1. I delivered vag. with an epidural, and right after I had him, they took him to get cleaned, weighed, ect. The doc had to deliver the placenta, then he gave me a numbing needle to st_tch me up, then I got my son. I was spread for about 20 mins or so, but honestly, after what I had just been through, I was sooo glad to have no more contractions and pushing was over so I couldn't have cared less about them fixing me up. Then I got to have a shower, which was painful, but nice, the lady nurse helped me. Now, that is the furthest from my mind. You'll do great! Good luck


layney - April 3

i notice that a couple of you state that you labored in one place and recovered in another. is that the way most hospitals are? at mine the room you check into is the room you labor in, deliver, and recover in, and then of course stay in until release. just curious.


jg - April 3

Hi there dee23 - it's great that you have asked these questions because I was totally unprepared for "afterwards". Layney has described things really well. I had an epidural and spinal block, so I could not walk properly until the next day and was "spread" for about 1/2 hour after the actual birth for the delivery of the placenta and the "tidy up" - you really don't notice that your legs are spread as all you focus on is your baby!!! I was in the labour room for about 2-3 hours after my son was born, and while I was there they helped me with b___stfeeding/nuzzling. I showered and changed and they helped me with pads for the bleeding. I was wheeled (only because my legs were still numb!) to the ward which was just near the labour rooms. There they settled me into a bed and checked "down there" - helped me change pads and helped me give bub a proper feed. Every few hours when it was time to feed bub they would help me with that and check the bleeding again and organise more pads (the ones you take are NEVER as soft as the ones they supply!). I personally did not expect to be so uncomfortable. Even if you do not need st_tches (i only had one) you are still very very bruised and swollen and sitting is extremely uncomfortable. You may need ice packs to help reduce the swelling and help the healing. I could not walk without discomfort or sit for about 3-4 days and even then it was not very nice. I didn't feel back to normal until about 3 weeks later when most of the bleeding had stopped. You may need to take a urine-alkaliser such as UriCalm so that it doesn't sting when you have to pee, and another tip I used was to fill a drink bottle with warm salty water when you have to go, and "squirt it on" as you pee. Sorry for TMI but it's just one of those things most women have to deal with! I would say expect one full week of not being able to sit or walk comfortably, then things start to really settle down. Good luck!!! It all sounds extremely awful but women go back time and again to have more children so in the grand scheme of things it isn't THAT bad to have to deal with.


Erin1979 - April 3

Layney, it depends. The hospital near my house has a room that is yours to deliver and recover in. The hospital I chose to deliver in had two departments...L&D and Post Partum so that the moms and babies had a more quiet section to sleep and visit (and not listen to screaming deliveries!! haha). Everywhere is different.


pbj - April 3

Same here. The L&D section is noisy and full of action, but where I recovered was quiet...except for babies crying. I think too this is because there are different nurses for L&D and recovery. But I've heard of hospitals doing it the way your hospital did layney...I don't think it's uncommon.


dee23 - April 3

thank you so much everyone and jg, your story was fantastically informative which is exactly what im looking for! i plan on giving in to an epidural if the need arises which i highly think it will (im no good with any pain), but i am not very happy with the idea of nurses changing our bloody soaked pads? thats absolutly out of the question! why would they do that? i would never let my hubby do that...and even i get squirmy at the grossness let alone let some nurse do it......do we have a choice in the matter? why do they do that? can we choose to not have an hourly v____a prob? would every few hours be accepted by the oh mighty doctor who just keeps coming back to spread our legs? i just cant bear the thought. i thought that maybe labor and delivery would be bad enough to not be able to emotionally recover afterwards without them tensing me up with anxiety bouts. why cant i just change my own pad and give them the details of how much blood there was exetera if they really need to know...im sure i am highly capable.


dee23 - April 3

and there is no way i would let them do that anyway with hubby there watching....ewwwwwwwww. i couldnt even watch...and i would feel bad to ask him to leave.


pbj - April 3

dee23, the nurses check you every hour, not your doctor. I don't think you can opt out and really you don't want to. They're checking to make sure that your bleeding appropriately, not too much and not too little, they're also checking the clots to be sure they're not too big. I didn't have to open my legs, they had me lie on my side and check from the back. They put my first pad on but subsequent pads were in my hands. They do not check your v____a but they will (which I will admit is a bit uncomfortable) press on your tummy to be sure everything is going back into place. While you are in the hosptial you want to be sure that they check you. I'm sure that you are capable, but since this is your first pregnacy how do you know what is a normal blood flow?


Ginny - April 3

I know this sounds cliche, but I PROMISE you won't be nearly as squeamish about it after you've had the baby. I was the same way, but after all the pain, exhaustion, and rush of new emotions of seeing your baby, the last thing you're worried about is who is handling "down there." And I thought I should add something that I was completely not expecting. I was in labor for about 18 hours when it became apparent that I was not dialating enough to deliver, so we made the decidion to do a C-section. That had not been in my labor plan! But if that happens, then you are wheeled into a surgery room, and they prop up a sheet in front of your face while you lay flat on your back. They gave me some medicine that made me nauseous and made me shake a little. My husband was allowed back and the whole thing really freaked him out. He squoze my hand tightly, and never took his eyes off me face. But it only took about 25 minutes, and then I heard the little cries of my baby. They clean your uterus out afterwards (which makes you not bleed as much) and sew you up, and my husband held Baby Girl and sat next to me during that. Then they wheeled me back to a room, where I was able to feed the baby and get some sleep. After a C-section, they focus on checking the incision rather than "down there," though they do check it out. And they actually just laid me on top of a flat absorbant pad, that a nurse would quickly and descreetly change until I could walk to the bathroom on my own. With a C-section, it doesn't hurt to sit down, but it sure hurts to do every thing else. The incision burned for a couple of days, like I had been branded. They gave me meds for that, though. And I had to stay at the hospital for about 3 days, which was SOOO boring. It was rough but, of course, it was worth it. I just thought I would describe that for other people who were like me. I had completely planned for everything BUT a C-section, and I was completely unprepared for the whole thing.


pbj - April 3

Sorry...you need to know what they're checking you for. Too much bleeding could mean that you are hemmoraging or there could possibly be a tear in the uterine wall...I'm sure there's other reasons as well. If you're not bleeding enough it could be part of the placenta is remaining inside (it happens, not that often, but it happens). During labor the last thing on your mind is your legs being open, you're concentrating on the baby. Your husband does not have to look when they check your pads, my husband just stood to the back of the room. Remember, your belly is still big...usually at least the size when you were 5-6 months pregnant, you can't see down there that well. It may be gross to you, but that is the nurses job, you're not the first one they've seen and surely not the last.



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