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27 November 2013 @ 02:10 am
I love my cup (large Fleurcup) so much that when I was pregnant with my daughter, I could hardly wait to get back to using my cup. I used pads for lochia. Lucky me, despite breastfeeding, my periods came right back. I did notice that for the first couple of months I had to change where the fold was for insertion as some of the tissues at my entrance were still tender (I tore during delivery). Now, four months after her birth, I can easily insert and remove my cup again.
nemesis27nemesis27 on November 27th, 2013 08:24 am (UTC)
congratulations for your baby! Only four months after her birth you can use the cup, it´s wonderful!
I hope, when I´ll have a baby, than I will can use the cup as soon.

ElianaOpalopal581 on November 27th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: .
Thanks. I was able to use my cup the past two months, too. This month I didn't have to adjust my insertion technique.
Plain Eccentric Sarahsezabelle on November 27th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to hear a success story! I have yet to get my postpartum period, but I have been a bit worried about how it will do with the scar tissue from my tearing - hopefully I'll have as much luck as you!
flightopheonix on November 27th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yay! I love hearing happy stories like this. My last delivery (nearly 2 years ago) was very traumatic and I wound up with over 100 stitches internally and externally. It took a while, and some adjustment - the OB who wound up doing the repair was more than a little outdated and was kind enough to 'tighten things up' while he did the repairs. ("A little extra to keep Daddy happy," were his words.) I was too out of it to pay much attention to what was happening at that point to deal with it, unfortunately. I had to shift to using small/mini cups since then, but I still love cups.
ElianaOpalopal581 on November 27th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
Wow. I had my labia tear, and got six stitches. While stitching me up, my midwife praised her seamstress skills. I can't imagine having someone change how everything fits together.
flightopheonix on November 27th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
I hadn't been able to have my midwife attend, and had an emergent forceps delivery when fetal heart tones were lost. The doctor, I'm sure, thought he was doing me a favor, but I really wish I had been aware enough to better advocate for myself.
ElianaOpalopal581 on November 27th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
That sounds scary. There are so many hormones racing during birth, it's hard to advocate, especially if a complication is added in. I had a home birth. I didn't realize how fast the baby would come once active labor started, so the midwife arrived just after the baby (my husband came home from work a couple minutes after the midwife).
flightopheonix on November 28th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's a fast delivery! I am in awe of your doing it alone.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on December 14th, 2013 09:15 am (UTC)
having a baby soon (planning)
I am a cup lover and cant wait to now buy a fleurcup. Opal its funny how comforting that cup is! You say ya missed it in pregnancy and it made me smile, cause it sounded like me. What do you think it is? Since we can't feel it. I wonder is it "taking care of myself time?" I wonder why.
Anyway, I have been reading up about births, water births etc. Now this will be my first. Any thought that was helpful to you, that you'd pass along? Happy Christmas! Audrey
ElianaOpalopal581 on December 14th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: having a baby soon (planning)
I mostly prepared for her birth by not planning out exactly what I would do, and by reading not only all the books my midwife leant me, but by reading all the birth stories I could find. I focused on reading about planned home births, with a good chunk of breech and unassisted births mixed in. When I had miscarried the year before, reading birth stories made me cramp more. This time around, I read some in the beginning of my pregnancy, then put them away for a while (if reading can strengthen cramping, I didn't want to bring on preterm labor), before being inspired to read birth stories again in the week before she was born.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on December 18th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: having a baby soon (planning)
Thank you, I really appreciate what has helped other women as I embark on the journey.
I am so sorry you had a miscarriage, and so hsppy later thibgs went well. Thank you.
Quinn Elisequinnthevixen on November 27th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear this! I'm also weirdly excited to get back to using a cup postpartum, I hope I'll be able to find a good one that fits.
ElianaOpalopal581 on November 27th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
The same one I used prepregnancy still works now (I had a low cervix before I had the baby).