But the one fault I find with every pregnancy book is that they don't talk a lot about what your body will do just because you have already had a baby before. Sure they have the little section here and there with tips on how to break the news to your older children, or to remind you to check your crib and make sure it is still up to the safety code. They will mention that labor may be easier... then again it may not... not much help there. And so on, you get the point.
What I think they should do is expand on the postpartum section! Because let me tell you now, subsequent pregnancies, labor, and birth may go more smoothly, BUT the postpartum is a lot harder!
With my last babies, I didn't even feel my uterus contracting down. This time, however, they hurt so bad, especially when I nursed that the nurses at the hospital had to come in, stick an IV in my hand and give me some serious pain medicine to get the cramping to settle down. The next two hours after that I can't remember...
I asked them why it hurt so bad when it didn't before and they told me that with every baby you have, the stronger the contractions are after. I'll say! They just don't warn you about this kind of stuff! They should warn a girl, you know. It would be nice to be prepared that your pain may be worse AFTER the labor and delivery.
It still hurts too! Not as bad, but there are lots of cramps in my stomach area... like all the time. I can deal with it now, but it still stinks.
At least nursing is easier! Then again, it may just be me... my little guy was born to feed. No joke! He started rooting around the moment they handed him to me. Good grief, little man, at least take your first breath before you move on!
Maybe it is a male thing...
I don't know.