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Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
6th Mar '13

Vaginal birth, extensive stitches. Gave birth on a Saturday, and honestly would have been at my one on-campus class that Tuesday if not for the fact that my son was in the NICU. I went back the NEXT Tuesday instead, after he was safely home.

I was working that next week, once things got a little less crazy because he was home from the NICU. But I worked from home, and baby was with me while I worked.

I was taking about a quarter of the pain meds that the nurses thought I ought to (because I refused the rest) and other than tenderness, I was fine. Unless I had to go to the bathroom. That was scary for a couple weeks. lol

flossy (21wks with #4) Due August 27 (girl); 35 kids; New Zealand 139 posts
6th Mar '13

I went straight from the birthing unit to work. I was a little sore but I was able to take baby with me. I think the heartache from being away from baby would be by far the worst then the physical pain

human making in progress 2 kids; Port Orchard, Washington 7986 posts
6th Mar '13
Quoting fashionista♥ 33wks:" this is great to hear! I originally only had 3 weeks but got 2 extra weeks off. I was still worried it ... [snip!] ... not be enough recovery time.. but this makes me feel better :) I know I am def going to have a hard time leaving my baby :("


I think it really just depends on how your labor and birth goes. but yes, it will be very hard leaving LO at home. it was incredibly rewarding for me though, my mom thought I was crazy because she stayed home with me for five years before going back. thought I should take 12 weeks off. we didnt have the money, but I felt good knowing I was supporting my family.
my dad was incredibly proud. and it really felt good when I had a new employee I was training and told her I just gave birth and she said something along the lines of 'holy fuck girl, your a fucking machine!' or something along those lines, I dont quite remember but it was a compliment and made me feel amazing.
I didnt miss out on bonding time at all, and being away for some time during each day also helped with ppd.

Lizzie+2 2 kids; Brazil 26591 posts
6th Mar '13
Quoting Autumn Whisper:" Vaginal birth, extensive stitches. Gave birth on a Saturday, and honestly would have been at my one on-campus ... [snip!] ... the rest) and other than tenderness, I was fine. Unless I had to go to the bathroom. That was scary for a couple weeks. lol"


omg yes! I remember those terrifying bathroom moments. It hurt sooo bad to pee lol

Ashley Sekavec 2 kids; Salina, Kansas 138 posts
6th Mar '13

I took 6 wks.. physically.. I couldve gone back after 3 wks.. mentally.. I wasn't ready to leave my baby after 6 wks. I was an emotional mess. It sucked but my boss worked around my husband's schedule so when I wasn't with her.. he was. With this one.. I'm going to take 6 wks again. I love all the bonding time. We have a family friend who is going to baby sit both kids for us which will make it better than leaving them with a daycare. At least we know we can trust them. :)

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
6th Mar '13
Quoting flossy (14wks with #4):" I went straight from the birthing unit to work. I was a little sore but I was able to take baby with ... [snip!] ... was able to take baby with me. I think the heartache from being away from baby would be by far the worst then the physical pain"


I agree. Leaving my son in the NICU was way worse than the physical discomfort. Even leaving my baby for about two hours twice a week was hard enough.

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
6th Mar '13
Quoting lizzie♥ plus 2:" omg yes! I remember those terrifying bathroom moments. It hurt sooo bad to pee lol"


Peeing, wiping...whole different world the first while after giving birth. LOL And then pooping...oh, what a horror. lol