Being a new mom is tough; there's no doubt about it. Whether she's pregnant or has an infant who can't sleep through the night, mama has to become familiar with her new body and this tiny human who doesn't know the difference between morning and night. That's a lot to do on the fly.
Thankfully, we have many knowledgable doctors and nurses who can answer any and all of mama's questions, but not all women feel comfortable. She would ask her friends but not all of them have had kids yet. And even so, what if a friend isn't going through the same thing she is? Some questions are so raw that it's better to do a quick Google search than ask another human. But then that leaves a mom listening to Dr. Google (who isn't always a reliable source).
We've listened to some of mom's most honest questions that are too embarrassing to say out loud and chose the top 10 that all new mamas should know. From pregnancy to the first month, here they are!
The mere thought of going to the bathroom on the delivery table in front of your partner and like, three health professionals, is enough to make anyone hide under their bed. However embarrassing it is though, it happens often.
According to Parents, the muscles used for pushing a baby out are the same muscles used when we're trying to go number two. If a woman does go to the bathroom, the doctor quickly wipes it into the trash can like it never happened. And if you're embarrassed about it, don't be. Health professionals see it ALL the time and it's normal!
Ah, the reason mama got pregnant in the first place! Intimacy can be hard for new parents after their baby arrives. For starters, they have a baby who needs all the attention in the world, so alone time between the two can be difficult. But according to Mayo Clinic, doctors tend to tell new parents to wait at least six weeks before hitting the sheets again. Even when that six weeks has come and gone though, it's up to how the woman feels and how her body is healing.
Many dads are thrown through a loop when they have a baby girl. If they've never changed a baby girl's diaper before, they may be surprised that sometimes her bowel movement can get stuck in her lady parts.
While awkward, this happens often. All you need to do is lift both her legs, wipe away the excrement with a wet cloth or wet wipe in a downwards direction towards her bum. Doing so will prevent any irritation or infections from happening. Afterward, dry her off and apply ointment if needed.
It's wild how much a parent thinks about her child's poop but it's necessary to make sure everything is moving and grooving correctly internally. Thanks to meconium, WebMD tells us our baby's fecal matter is generally green and black for a few days after their born. Over time, the baby's milk or formula will add some texture to their bowel movement. (And yes, whether a woman is breastfeeding or using formula will show differently in a baby's stool.)
Many women are surprised when they go to the restroom right after birth. Whether she's just peeing or doing something more, nothing really feels the same directly after.
A new mama's body is so raw and stretched that she may feel she has no muscles to even hold in her pee if she wanted to. But when it comes to number two, it shouldn't hurt. BabyCentre also says going number two shouldn't affect a woman's stitches if she tore during labor. However, it could take a day or two to go again.
If a woman isn't breastfeeding, she can have a glass of champagne or wine whenever she's feeling up to it! The rules for breastfeeding mamas are little different, though. According to nurse practitioner Beth Conover over at Health, women who are breastfeeding a child under the three-month mark can drink in small amounts as the child's organs are still growing. The alcohol a woman drinks can change the taste of her milk and can even affect her supply.
For any soon-to-be parents that don't know, a "blowout" is when a baby has diarrhea and it explodes throughout their diaper and on to their legs or lower back. Depending on how the baby is laying, these blowouts sure can ruin a clean outfit!
Today's Parent notes if your child is having more blowouts than normal, try feeding more to keep them from becoming dehydrated. If it continues to happen after a week or so, make an appointment with the doctor to make sure all is okay. As far as diaper changes are concerned, Baby List notes most newborns go through 8-10 diapers a day.
If a woman decides to breastfeed, most health professionals say to do so for at least six months to a year. If a mom wants to breastfeed for longer, she's absolutely capable of doing so. However, if a mom isn't vibing with breastfeeding (her child has problems latching, her supply is low, her nipples are way too sore to carry on, etc...), she can stop whenever she likes and switch to a formula of her choice.
If you take a look at any messaging board for moms, most say a mama's lady parts go right back to "normal," after a few weeks. Some do say although it looks like it did before birth, it may feel different internally, but that's all par for the course with motherhood. According to the NHS, if forceps are used or a tear occurs, a woman may suffer some injuries and need time to heal before everything totally heals. If something doesn't feel or look right, go to your doctor for a checkup.
Listen, accidents happen every day. Parents are gonna change their newborn's diaper only to change it again a minute later. We can't always tell when our little one is going to go number two, so it's best to be prepared anyway.
According to Healthline, how much a baby poops depends on whether a woman is breastfeeding or using formula. Babies who are breastfed tend to poop several times throughout the day, while formula-fed babies have fewer. Considering newborns go through 8-12 diapers a day, be ready for all!