The Things Nobody Tells You Will Happen After Giving Birth


In September, I took part in the #BISS campaign, for Good To Know online magazine-a platform for bloggers to get their voice heard! My post was chosen by one of the panel (The Unmumsy Mum!) to go through to the next stage. Should I win this next stage, the prize is a guest spot, writing for Good To Know!

Here is a link to the article, please have a read and let me know what you think!

The things no one tells you will happen after giving birth


  1. December 5, 2016 / 8:04 am

    Amusing article and yes it’s certainly not the hearts and flowers event quite often portrayed on the telly! My main thing I remember that nobody told me about (and this was with baby number 2) was reverse contractions. Jesus, how could I feel like I was about to have another baby when I was already back at home feeding my new-born baby. Quick Google confirmed it was my uterus contracting back and apparently this gets more painful the more children you have. Who knew? Not me x

    • This Mum's Life
      December 5, 2016 / 8:17 am

      Yes, I had this with my second!! I was sat on the hospital bed, groaning a bit, and felt a bit silly that I’d gotten through a whole labour, then the after pains made me cry a bit!!

  2. December 5, 2016 / 9:45 am

    I’m so pleased you’ve been shortlisted – that is amazing and so well deserved. I read this post last week and thought it was brilliant. And oh so true too! #bigpinklink

  3. December 5, 2016 / 9:46 am

    Love this! Especially the bit about the tequilas! Also the first feed was a bit of a shock.

  4. December 5, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Oh huge congratulations and seriously well done – well deserved! Good luck! Such a great article – I can see why they picked it – you write with such honesty – glad you can laugh now lovely – hope you’re reclaimed some sort of glow now lovely! #BigPinkLink

  5. December 5, 2016 / 10:30 am

    p.s I know a great MAC highlighter that fakes a great glow!!

  6. December 5, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Yes!! Why does nobody tell you these things? People are so keen to tell you about labour but afterwards, nobody shares that part! I found the after-pains horrific, and they get worse with each baby. By baby number five I was convinced I was about to give birth again! #bigpinklink

  7. December 5, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    All too true! I have never felt more like a farm animal than in the first 3 weeks of motherhood. More people have officially seen my hooha than I ever thought would in my entire lifetime! I’m sure I cross my legs even tighter now if I sit in a GP surgery or hospital.

  8. December 5, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Great article. Good luck and hope you win the much deserved prize. I remember reading an article when I was pregnant Titled something like The 18 Terrible Things No One Tells You About Labour which scared me more than prepared me. And it still didn’t warn me about the episiotomy, not properly. As you say, it is all a confusing blur at the time, but later becomes a proud battle story. #bigpinklink

  9. December 6, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Just yes yes yes to this! I was so prepared for the birth itself (as much as you ever can be) and for the arrival of the tiny human and had every bit of baby apparatus known to man ready to appease her every whim. Did I have a lot of painkillers, laxatives, and a stick to bite on every time I tried to have a wee? No. Did I have buckets of salt to put in the bath for “the stitches”? No. Did I have the common sense to take down every mirror in my house? No. I remember getting out of the shower and panicking about which leak to try and deal with first! This needs to be issued in Bounty Packs. xx #bigpinklink

  10. December 6, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    I’m pretty pleased noone told me what it would really be like before giving birth otherwise it would have put me right off haha! In hindsight, however, I wish I’d been better prepared for some of the things you’ve talked about in your post! #bigpinklink

  11. December 6, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    Yep there is so much they don’t tell you. I have often thought of sharing my birth story, but my next door neighbour reads my blog and I don’t think I could look at them in the same way if they knew about all the post birth checks I had!! #bigpinklink

  12. December 7, 2016 / 8:01 am

    This! I have wondered why these things are not spoken about more, then I’ve been talking candidly about my experiences with first-time pregnant mums and seen the looks of horror on their faces… XD #bigpinklink

  13. December 9, 2016 / 8:37 am

    I love it! I was exceptionally leaky too, I even threw up!


  14. December 10, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Great post! I didn’t use gas & air for this exact reason – after having one or two puffs I felt like I was on another planet – it was horrible! #bigpinklink