After going through two unmedicated, vaginal births, there is very little that I find scary or disgusting when it comes to bodily functions. After having a baby, your body is quite literally an open book, with doctors examining, stitching, and looking at areas that until now you would have blushed about. Your body changes in some amazing ways after giving birth, but there are definitely some gross things that happen in the fourth trimester that no one talks about, but should.
Being the researcher that I am, I spent a lot of time during my first pregnancy looking up tips for natural delivery and writing my detailed birth plan. Little did I realize that the weeks after delivery would be almost more trying than the delivery itself. Had I known a bit more of what to expect in the notorious fourth trimester, I would have at least been prepared, instead of shocked and thrown off guard.
In the spirit of transparency, it's not all horrible. After all, you get to hold and bond with the tiny human you spent the past nine months creating. But pregnancy really puts your body through the ringer, and recovering from it all can be rough. But would I do it all again in a heartbeat? Absolutely.
Still, a new mom has to be prepared. So to get you ready for the postpartum life, here are some of the gross things that happen in the fourth trimester.