In my experience, giving birth is like running a marathon. It's long, hot, sweaty, messy, you may poop or pee yourself, and you feel like a total badass when you cross the finish line. Another thing they have in common? The first shower. It's glorious, but you're totally shaky and weak at the same time. You'll probably have to sit down, but chances are high you might not get up again. Honestly, there's some things, both good and bad, that will definitely happen during your first postpartum shower. So, you know, prepare yourself.
My first postpartum shower was both wonderful and exhausting, painful and pleasurable. I may not have been the most glamorous or comfortable setting, and I definitely didn't want to even remotely think about whether or not I would get toe fungus from the tile floor of the hospital bathroom, but I seriously didn't want it to end. Alas, I knew I couldn't hide in there forever (and I really didn't want to after the hot water ran out). After calling for my husband to help me back to bed, I felt like a new person; or at least a better smelling, cleaner, and smooth-legged person, ready (or at least readier) to take on the challenges of new motherhood.
So, with that in mind and because it's smart to make preparation the name of your parenting game, here are a few things that may happen the first time you take a shower after having your baby: