Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hygiene for New Mothers

I've read and heard many times stories about new mothers who don't manage to shower very often.

It seemed to bizarre to me at the time. Not find ten minutes to shower? Seriously?

I found out that yes, seriously, showering gets shuffled out of the priority list. I found out quickly. They let me take a shower in the hospital on Monday morning before they started me on the pitocin drip--remember she was born the following late morning. I didn't shower until the following (Wednesday) afternoon just before we were released from the hospital. Gross? Yes. But I just didn't care. A nurse took me into the bathroom and cleaned me up well enough that I made it with brushing my teeth and hair and keeping on top of having deodorant on.

Instead of boring you with the long, drawn-out story of the drama of lactation for my first-born I'll suffice it to say that I'm taking an herbal supplement called Fenugreek to stimulate my milk production.

Interestingly enough, one of the side effects of fenugreek is a changed odor in your sweat and urine.

But it's not a foul smell at all. Believe it or not, it's the smell of maple.

So now, when I skip a shower I don't even have to worry about body odor. I just have to worry about not driving myself to I-hop for some buttermilk pancakes drenched in syrup.

Though I am curious about what's going to happen when I start working out again and really work up a sweat...good thing we have plenty of pancake mix and syrup on hand.


Michelle said...

OK... funny story. I was taking Fenugreek with Nora, and I went to German class one day and the guy sitting next to me says, "Do you smell pancakes?" I was new mom stressed and nearly started crying. It was bad.

Anyway, what's up with lactation? Anything I can help with? E-mail me if you want to talk!!

Ketchesons said...

That is way too funny!
I took the same for my oldest but didn't notice the smell. It might be due to a LOT of poopy diapers though.

Danielle said...

LOL. I've taken fenugreek and I've heard that it can make you smell like maple syrup, but I've never had that happen. Caleb says I've never smelled like maple either. I wish I did though, so I could get away with not showering as often.

Kristina said...

Wow, that is interesting. Who needs hygene, right?

Beckie said...

yes, I took Fenugreek too. It totally makes you smell like syrup!
I also would drink this yummy tea.
Called Mothers Milk.

thank goodness for great products like those!