Babies, Parenting

Things no one tells you about in the first 6 weeks

Stacey by Stacey
June 12th, 2018

This post is sponsored by Woolworths but all thoughts and feelings are 100% mine. Stace x

Growing a human and then heaving it out either from down below or via the sun roof is all forms of hardcore. Women truly are bloody incredible!

I have been through the human growing process three times and have had all my boys via C-Section. I’m just currently coming out of the thick of baby land for the third time and while it is still fresh in my mind I thought I’d share some of the real truths with you.

Night two – is HARDCORE! Because I had c-sections, I was pretty much away with the fairies on pain killers for my first two babies so the beginning of their lives was a haze, but for number three I didn’t have as many drugs and WOW! I found night two to be reallllly intense. This seems to be when the baby realizes they are no longer in your womb and trying to settle the bub, get him to sleep or off the bazookas seems next to impossible. It can be stressful and every second feels like an hour. It does pass though, so just grit your teeth and ride through it.

Nipple shock – If you’re planning on letting that new little bub feed off your tatas, it is almost inevitable that your nipples will feel like they’re falling off at some point. The pain can be unbearable at times and your boobs and nipples will look unrecognisable. Chapped, bleeding and ridiculously tender nipples bloody HURT. It takes all of your mental power to stick with it. After 3-4 weeks it does get better for a lot of women…I promise.

Mack sporting the Little One’s nappies

The sweating – If you were one of the lucky ones (like me) that retained an ocean full of fluid throughout your pregnancy, you will probably leak said fluid for a week or two in bed each night. Be prepared to change your sheets every day or just embrace the water bed. Night after night, I would wake literally drenched in my own sweat. It’s far from glam or comfortable, but it doesn’t last too long.

Nappy changes – Between keeping your nipples from cracking and dripping sweat you will also be changing a nappy at least every 2 hours, 24 hours a day, for the foreseeable future. If nappy changing wasn’t in your skill set before, it won’t be long til you’re an expert. Get as many bulk packs of newborn nappies as your house can fit…we recommend Littles One’s nappies from Woolworths because you can get a boat load for a super affordable price, they’re super cute, super absorbent and super cosy for bubs.

Stomach cramping – While your uterus is trying to go back to normal size after birth you may feel it contracting, and it’s very unpleasant at times. I found it really uncomfortable during breastfeeding. No one mentioned this to me and I was caught really off guard the first time and thought something was seriously wrong. It’s like birth round two. Fun one.

There is no doubt that having a baby can really push you to your limits but I’m told that one day we will miss all of these little things. It feels like the never ending story when you’re in the thick of it, but in no time you’ll feel like a hero for getting through it with your kids and nipples intact.

*Little Ones are only available at Woolworths. The range includes convenient and bulk pack nappies, nappy pants, nappy bags and baby wipes. They are super reasonably priced, have super cute patterns on them and are super comfy, dry and secure. They are also unisex so whether you spawned a boy or a girl, they are perfecto.