I vividly remember how I felt after giving birth - relieved, dizzily happy, overwhelmed, proud, overjoyed - and like a train ran over me. It really was a marathon event. It was the hardest work-out I had ever done and my body knew it. My muscles ached, it hurt to sit, it hurt to stand, it hurt to walk, it hurt to go to the bathroom. Blood was gushing from inside of me and the gaping wound where the baby's head had violently evacuated was painful, to say the least.
There were a few items that helped me immensely in the first week after childbirth. I recommend that you put together a little kit prior to L & D to aid in the recovery process:
Do you have other tips and hints for the first week after childbirth? Post them here!