After Mona was born I was incredibly blessed to have some very close friends and familial support systems.
I had called the dr one week after delivery to say something felt off. I was brought in for an internal exam and everything appeared fine even though it wasn’t my typical doctor.
Friends and family came by for visits. I was able to take short walks. But the recovery process seemed slow. I would go for a walk and have heavy bleeding, so I would dedicate the next day or two to rest. But then, the bleeding continued as did the cramping. The cramping became so bad I was in the fetal position on my bed waiting for relief.
The next morning was a Friday in April and we called the office. They had me come in for an ultrasound and lo and behold, I had retained placenta even after the surgery. Per the doctor’s recommendation I had a D&C then and there.
I will say a D&C 3 weeks postpartum was one of the most challenging experiences I have ever had. But I felt immediately better. One week later I had another episode of severe bleeding but after that I could finally begin my true recovery.
Every time things get challenging I remember–I can do hard things. I got mastitis–I can do hard things.