I want to show you in pictures how it all went:
Baby 1 - long labor (22 hours) but I had an epidural and I hot rolled my hair and put on make up after:
Baby 2 - also an epidural, shorter labor at 12 hours and I was still able to put on make up and fix my hair after:
Baby 3 - natural - I look like I had been robbed and beat up and I was unable to do much of anything afterwards - but the labor was only 7 hours:
The moral of this story - I'm getting an epidural. Don't judge me. I like not feeling my legs and various other body parts that may actually be on fire for hours at a time.
I should add that the moral of this story is not that I wanted to look nice after birth just that I felt really good after the epidural births and I felt like I had honestly been run over by a truck after the natural birth. I had virtually no problems and felt great after those two births and I had horrible headaches and was kind of a mess after the natural birth so that is honestly why I am going back to the epidural. BUT everyone is different. People recover differently. I have had friends that say the opposite.
To each his own. I just thought the pictures were a funny representation of how I felt after giving birth.