I thought it would be interesting to compare my postpartum recovery experience during these six weeks between my first and second baby. If you are a new reader Caden was born on June 7, 2012 at 37 weeks and Maisie was born May 28, 2014 at 39 weeks.
I am still in awe that in two years time my body has given life to a son and a daughter. Wow.
In this post I am not going to be focusing on the numbers. If you are interested in that you can read my Baby After Baby: 1 Month Update to see all those details since having Maisie. I will be doing another Body After Baby post soon with my 2 Month updates.
If you want to read more about my how my first six weeks postpartum went after having Caden, click HERE. You will get much more detail on that experience.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect the second time around so I didn’t place any expectations on myself. I hope you enjoy this comparison and I would love to hear about your experiences. Feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post.
- Baby 1: 16 hours total (6 minutes of pushing)
- Baby 2: 7 hours total (6 minutes of pushing)
With Caden my water broke before I was actually experiencing contractions. In fact I wasn’t even sure if my water had broke and thought it might have been a huge gush of pee. I went straight to the hospital and was admitted but didn’t really start feeling any contractions until 10 hours later.
Fast forward two years to Maisie. I was at home when I began feeling contractions and knew that I needed to get to the hospital. Josh and I arrived at the hospital and my water broke during a contraction in the triage room. The contractions were intense from the start until she was born, and even continued after. More on that in a few more paragraphs.
For both babies I labored unmedicated and was able to deliver them vaginally. With Caden I didn’t have anything to compare it with and laid on the bed during the more intense contractions leading up to when I was able to start pushing. With Maisie I stayed upright the entire time. Standing, leaning my chest and head on the hospital bed, sitting on a birthing ball, and on all fours on the hospital bed. I delivered both babies by squatting. Total time pushing for both was 12 minutes
- Baby 1: yes
- Baby 2: yes
I did tear with both. But with my second the tearing was much more minimal.