Kate Middleton came out from the hospital with her third baby looking as radaint as ever. Oh that look is not the look of a woman who just gave birth, right? Except for that tiny post baby bump, I wouldn’t know she had been pregnant or has given birth for that matter. Her eyes, nose, and skin show no sign of pregnancy. And oh, she was on heels.
This really got me thinking of my own after giving birth experience. Prior, I’ve shunned any thoughts of it as I don’t want to bring those memories back. However there is happiness in sharing and knowing others’ experiences. In a previous post I talked about my traumatic breastfeeding experience which I’d deeply appreciate if you check it out. But before that please read on and see how similar or dissimilar our after giving birth experiences are.
I have got two children and well in both times, after giving birth I felt I have just exercised rigorously nonstop for 8 hours; and oh I also looked horrible. Horrible enough I wanted to hide under the bed cover for weeks.
Let me walk you through it, and tell me if you had a similar one.
1. Extremely exhausted. I have never been that exhausted in my entire life. My body felt bruised and heavy. I just wanted to sleep for a long time.
2. Soreness everywhere. My eyes were, and so was my vagina. Not just sore, it was swollen too! Side to side movement was a pain. Walking was painful. But peeing was the worst!
3. Here’s the worst part, puffed face in the “worsiest” (if such word exist) possible way. I remember I didn’t want to see my face in the mirror or my photo taken. My nose was super big and my eyes were like Yoda’s.
4. Dry, unattractive skin caused by pregnancy triggered melasma. It’s worst around the neck and armpit.
And oh, wearing shoes after was a no-no let alone heeled shoes. I wish! My feet were as big and swollen as an elephant.
I have seen other women among my circle of friends and women in my community go through quite similar to mine. However I’m wonderin how celebrities and other famous people make giving birth look like a walk in the park.
Was it a walk in the park for you?