dudes, having a baby is amazing. you never know how strong you really are until you push a baby out of yourself. but damn, it is rough on your body.
if you recall, i labored for 27 hours, then pushed for 3 hours. apparently at some point during the pushing, the nurse told matt that i was going to feel like i'd run a marathon the next day. she wasn't kidding. my abs hurt. my forearms hurt (i used the grab bars on the bed to help me push). my back hurt. i was exhausted. take the painkillers they offer you before you experience the pain. i turned down the tylenol/motrin/percocet (you have a choice) immediately after delivery because i wasn't feeling any pain. big mistake. take it right away. and if you're feeling too much pain to sleep or function, take the percocet. i only took one dose, but it helped me get enough sleep that i could be present for daxon.
the abs and forearms got better by the second or third day. but man, things "down there" stay sore for a long time. i am 2 weeks post-partum today and just started feeling normal a couple days ago. things were swollen and numb but painful, if that makes any sense. a tip: get yourself one of those rubber donuts to sit on. it's the one thing the hospital doesn't give you, but it made a huge difference for me. also, my mom spoke to the pharmacist when i sent her out for some supplies, and the pharmacist suggested hydrocortisone with cooling sensation - it felt awesome. stock up on tucks pads, and put some in the freezer. the hospital gave me a sitz bath, but i hated it - it actually hurt me and i could only tolerate it for 30 seconds before needing to get off of it.
for breastfeeding, daxon has been a champ and i haven't really experienced any major nipple soreness or anything. but every now and then i still need to put something on them, especially after a pumping session (i need to get bigger flanges for my pump). i find that earth mama angel baby's nipple butter is way better than lansinoh lanolin - it's not as sticky and goes on much more easily.