Wednesday, 15 June 2011

The things everybody assumes you know...

I remember a long time ago, before I was even pregnant with Naomi, sitting and chatting with one of my friends.  We were talking about the fact that because all my friends had babies they assumed that I knew things about pregnancy/giving birth/being a Mum that I just didn't.  She said, "oh yes, I remember I found out about the post-pregnancy bleeding that way, I was already pregnant but I wasn't sure I wanted to be any more".  My face fell.  "Post-pregnancy bleed? What bleed?"

This was my first major introduction to the topic of things everyone assumes that all (want to be) pregnant people and new mums know.  I didn't know about the bleed (which in my case lasted 9 weeks!!) and I didn't know that it was quite normal to throw up in labour and I didn't know that it was quite normal to be constipated for most of your pregnancy and then much of the first few weeks after birth.

My biggest complaint at the moment, though, is that I didn't know about the hair loss!!!

I washed my hair this morning, after this I brushed it, here is a before and after shot of my hair brush.

I now realise that this is just what happens at the end of being pregnant, you lose all the hair you didn't lose for those 9 months and so it isn't unreasonable - but my whole house and baby and self is covered in hair that I am losing.  I'm not sure how I haven't gone bald yet! How much longer can this last for?!

And always, in the back of my mind, I am wondering, what else don't I know about?!


  1. Argh! I am shedding hair at a spectacular rate too. As it the baby. We're having a race to see who can become a baldy slaphead first.


  2. I remember when I found out at antenatal classes that it was quite normal to do a poo while giving birth ... the next morning I walked into work and said to a friend of mine (in a massive open office) "why didn't you tell me that you can poo yourself during labour?!!" Her reply was that it is the least of your worries during labour:)

    I wish someone had told me that I would spend the first couple of weeks ... months ...? feeling like I had been run over by a bus!


  3. I can definitely identify with the run over by a bus feeling just now, my wee one has well and truly given up on night time sleeping and so we are all (baby included) exhausted!