Post delivery fundal/uterine massages

I’ve finally entered my third trimester and memories of labor are coming back fast and furious. Everyone has all but guaranteed me that I’ll get a faster labor with subsequent births.

But when I think about the L&D, the thing that keeps coming to my mind is the damn kneading they did on my stomach post-delivery. It’s hard to describe the excruciating experience except that it was, no joke, more painful than the contractions. And to add insult to injury, they actually call these “massages”.

For the longest time, I just thought it was a standard part of giving birth, until I talked with other moms who had no idea what I was describing. Turns out these massages are only necessary when you’re hemorrhaging a lot of blood and the nurse’s pressure on your abdomen helps to contract your uterus to stop the bleeding.

And, again, not knowing that bleeding that much was not normal, I didn’t know other moms didn’t always experience this amount of blood loss. Because of the long labor, my uterus was exhausted and expelling a lot of blood. I started to black out and almost fainted when they asked me to try walking to the bathroom. The nurse had to come in every 15 minutes to check on the amount of blood clots I was passing and then they’d knead and knead on my stomach. Keep in mind, this is after 29 god forsaken hours of labor. They couldn’t change the pads and bed lining fast enough.

So, to say that I am dreading these massages is a light statement.

But, on the bright side, the midwife put on my chart today, “give gentle fundal massages if possible, please”.

A little please never hurt anyone right?

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