6 New Mom Secrets

Discomfort Doesn't End with Childbirth

"People say that labor is the bad part," says Jen Hinton, of Mandeville, Louisiana, "but the real challenge was when I was home and sore down there!"

Taylor was caught off guard by postpartum bleeding. She cautions first-timers, "You'll have your period for up to 40 days after the baby arrives, and you'll turn the hospital bathroom into a crime scene the first time you tinkle!" Postpartum bleeding varies; it generally lasts one to four weeks.

Ariana Ferlani also missed the memo on healing. "I naively planned to attend a friend's wedding within two weeks of Jasper's birth," says the Nanuet, New York, mom, "but a tough labor left me too sore to sit comfortably for three weeks."

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