Having a newborn is very much an “all hands on deck” kind of experience, which means that any kind of disruption, especially those involving the weird things that happen to your digest system after giving birth, are unwelcome and inconvenient at best, and debilitating at worst. I’ll spare everyone the details, but let’s just say that I had a few, um, surprises when it came to my own recovery post childbirth. And while, thankfully, they were fairly mild and easy to navigate around (or through), it was just another extra, rather annoying thing to handle when I was already struggling to keep up with the demands of new motherhood.
I think I would have been much better off if I had prepared myself for postpartum life a bit more. During my own pregnancy, I spent way more time and attention on managing the present and prepping for my baby's arrival, than I did when it came to what would happen once my baby arrived. And, sure, that probably sounds kind of like a no-brainer and totally normal because pregnancy is so long and labor and delivery is so taxing. Even as I type, my instinct is to say, “Um, yes, of course that’s what you did. That’s how it works.” But, I think it would have helped to maybe stockpile some sweats and flip-flops, get one of those inflatable bathtub cushions, and hoard some of my favorite (nonperishable) snacks, because postpartum life is toughand all of the digestive craziness you experience, certainly doesn't help.
So, in the spirit of true disclosure and to (hopefully) help new moms prepare for their post-baby days far better than I did, here are 5 absolutely bizarre things that your digestive system goes through after you have a baby.