Today’s subject is a little bit off my normal scope on PajamaMom but I think it’s an important one to talk about. When I was pregnant with my first child boy2001 I didn’t have access to the information we all do now. I didn’t know many moms and those I did, never mentioned a nasty little thing called hemorrhoids.
My pregnancy was uneventful, I made sure to eat well and drink lots of water to keep things moving on down the digestive tract. When I went into labor, almost everything went wrong. It’s was almost midnight, my husband had been asleep and was grumpy, my water broke all over the floor, couch and the coupons I’d been clipping. We hit EVERY red light, he took me to the hospital’s main entrance – which was closed – instead of the Emergency Room. For a minute, I didn’t think I was going to make it and I was sure this baby was going to go flying out of me!
Well, finally we got settled in and I was ready to push. It was fast and furious, and when I pushed for the last time and boy2001 came out I said, “that’s it?” It went so fast that I didn’t realize what had happened at the moment.
Boy2001 was born within the hour of my first labor pain and water breaking. With the intensity I had a little accident shall we say. I realized with my 2ND and third child that I was pushing the wrong end that first time! The end result was I popped a hemorrhoid which I can tell you hurt more than anything else in the weeks after delivery. At that time, I became familiar with the brand TUCKS.
They handed me my tubs of TUCKS and some literature about hemorrhoids. My nurses brought me basins to sit in to relieve the sensations of pain, itching and general ewwy feeling I had. The baths worked temporarily but they were a pain AND I didn’t want to do one more thing when I got home so I got more familiar with the TUCKS.
It’s not very fun to keep yourself clean after using the restroom when you’re bleeding like crazy. My solution was very mild soap in the shower twice a day and plenty of TUCKS (medicated pads and itch ointment) applications throughout. When we went out, it was all about the TUCKS and they were awesome!! No itch, burn or pain and they are so easy to carry with you in a tub or for even more convenience in packets called TUCKS Take Alongs. I also got an episiotomy with boy2001 so I really wanted that to heal, with TUCKS I felt that I was taking care of the hemorrhoid without affecting the episiotomy which was great.
TUCKS has a home on the web @ www.tucksbrand.com It might not be a bad idea to have a small supply, the wipes can be used as a final step for baby’s diaper change!
If you’d like to hear more great information for moms, be sure to visit mommy headquarters at www.momcentral.com
Don’t worry! but be prepared and know that it’s something that can happen to anybody!