I just had my youngest child. He's the third baby I've birthed, so consequently, one might think that it would be easier this time around, since I knew what to expect. Nope. Unfortunately, sometimes knowing what's coming, and the anticipation (and anxiety) that knowledge creates, can actually make things worse. So my third pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and postpartum recovery didn't seem easier at all. Plus, I was so anxious that I had to give myself a slightly neurotic pep talk before my first postpartum poop. Yes, I was seriously that scared, so some encouragements was absolutely necessary.
If you're in the throes of postpartum life, and dreading that first trip to the bathroom, I have a feeling you'll need (or at least want) a little post-baby poop pep talk, too. So, in the name of solidarity and because the best kind of moms are those who help others get through the not-so-fun side of parenting, here's exactly what I said to myself in order to make it through that painful postpartum poop. Hey, if I can do it, you can do it, too.
OK, so it's no transcript of President Barack Obama's acceptance speeches, but you get the idea. Sometimes you just have to talk yourself through the tough stuff, and there are very few things tougher than that first postpartum poop. In the end and always, though, you got this.