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Old 01-05-2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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I'm a big proponent of colace and tucks.

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Old 01-05-2013, 08:57 PM   #12
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:21 PM   #13
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Re: Best pregnancy/L&D/post partum advice youve gotten?

Oh yes, I take a colace with every percocet post partum!
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:11 AM   #14
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Re: Best pregnancy/L&D/post partum advice youve gotten?

Do your homework about the things you didn't think about- learn all about different options, even if you're never ever going to go there (like say a home birth) because knowledge is power and knowing before hand (being well educated) means you can make more informed decisions when the time comes. If you see someone post about something totally off the wall, add it to your list and spend some time on google over it anyway. It will help you feel more secure in your own decisions if you've explored every avenue.

Also be open to changing your mind and knowing that's okay. I don't know who said it, but someone wise said if you can't change your mind, maybe you don't have one

Relax, enjoy and don't debate anyone over the little things. It isn't worth it.

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Old 01-06-2013, 08:32 AM   #15
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Re: Best pregnancy/L&D/post partum advice youve gotten?

Get up and walk ASAP. Vaginal or section. Walk as soon as they will let you. And be prepared for a "fallout" or fluids upon standing, LOL. And I am all about the Peri-Bottle. Had to have it to stop the stinging factor, and I have never torn or had a skid mark in 3 babes. STILL needed it, LOL.
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I keep a basket/big diaper bag full of diapers, blankets, extra clothes, nursing pads, water bottle, wipes, etc. everything that you would normally have to get up and walk to the nursery for. That way I can actually rest in bed or on the couch right after birth. Especially helpful to keep you from having to go up and down the stairs a million times a day

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Old 01-06-2013, 11:34 AM   #17
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I'm a big proponent of colace and tucks.
Yep, me too. And get the Dermaplast another PP mentioned plus, use the peri bottle too. All of these are necessities for a vaginal delivery.

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Old 01-06-2013, 11:38 AM   #18
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Listen to others' tips and tricks. Give it a try, but always always listen to your gut. If it doesn't seem right, move on! Don't make yourself miserable trying to do something that doesn't work for you. A happy baby is made by a happy mama.

No matter what, you're the best mama. There are no absolutes to parenting. Don't let the judgments of others make you feel bad. And don't judge yourself against the standards of others. Like if breast feeding doesn't work out for you and your baby, it's okay. Being a mama is not a competition.
Yep, all of this too. Our Ped gave me similar advice when DS was tiny. And he has reminded me several times that DH and I are the parents and that we need to do what we feel is best, even if it isn't his advice or someone else's. I wholeheartedly agree.

And take the Colace too. My hospital gave it regularly after birth but I don't know if this is standard. If you're having a home birth, I would absolutely take it too.

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That you know your baby better than anyone else. This is SO true!

Colace didn't work for me. I ended up with an enema because I was so backed up. The first BM after delivery is not pleasant!!
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Best advice ever: never say never. My mom told me this when I brought my first baby home. At the time, it ticked me off! Since then- ten years and two more babies later, it's the best advice I have ever recieved with parenting. No matter how wonderful you think everything will go and what advice you read in a book, never say you will never do that! You'd be surprised what you do with your own baby and under sleep deprivation.
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