Having babies and hemorrhoids

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Nobody tells you about what can happen to your butt after you have a baby. The hemorrhoid struggle is real.

Yes, you read the title of this post right. Hemorrhoids.  As in, ‘roids.

I went there, guys. I thought we had this kind of friendship — you know, the kind where you can talk about everything. Even things involving your butt.

Did you know that human beings are the only species in the world afflicted by hemorrhoids? Yes, isn’t that lovely? So, bears don’t have them. Sharks don’t have them. Turtles don’t have them. Zebras that run around the bush don’t have them. Even dogs that belong to Mexican families that get to eat leftover beans, hot dogs con huevos and potatoes don’t have them.

It’s strictly a human thing.

How do you get them, you may be wondering. You either have a very poor S.A.D (standard American diet) or…all you mothers know what I’m talking about….you have been pregnant and have given birth. I belong in the latter category, six times over. So ya’ll know the prognosis just can’t be good for little old me.

You see, when you are pregnant, your body almost doubles its blood capacity. This causes all of your veins to bulge and expand. So, naturally, what exactly happens to the veins in your butt? Shiver. It is fertile ground for what I have affectionately dubbed, “the butthole demons” to strike.

I have a dear friend who shall remain nameless that shares in this butt struggle with me. She says when she poos…it’s like passing shards of glass.

Oh, dear Lord baby Jesus.

I’m sure this isn’t everyone’s predicament. I can’t say mine is all that dramatic. But in order to control my “pregnancy battle scars”, I have to be diligent to drink lots of water, eat lots of fruit and veggies and lay off the meat. You can best believe I am aware when I have eaten too much animal.

And then I understand the true meaning of butt hurt.

I’ve investigated natural salves and creams. But let’s be honest. Who wants a creamy butt? Who enjoys their butt cheeks sliding around all day when they walk? That’s just annoying. Hands down, the best remedy has to refrigerated witch hazel. You soak some cotton pads in the witch hazel, let it chill and when the time is right, you stuff it in your crack and you are good to go. If you are a big girl with a big booty, there is no risk of the pads falling out and causing an embarrassing scene. They are pretty snug, you feel me?

witch-hazel

But the cold pads, they are heavenly. Instant relief. I can almost imagine me in some sort of cartoon, with my butt on fire, sitting in a tub of water with the smoke billowing around me.

Aaahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Witch hazel is a natural astringent, which means it will shrink the hemorrhoids. Every time I had a baby, my best friends were the cold witch hazel pads and that numbing coochie spray. That spray was everything.

Please disregard the fact that I said coochie from the record. Thank you.

Motherhood is funny sometimes. You are so elated and lovestruck to have this precious little being in your life so you can inhale that delicious baby smell and nibble on those cute little toes that you don’t stop and ponder the irreparable damage done to your body.

Case in point: your areolas, which will increase in size about 30% and never turn back to their cute, former selves; to your stomach which will expand and contract so many times it’s just plain confused and now hangs limp; and your booty, which has been traumatized so much that it gets happy when you stuff it with some cold cotton pads.

Aw, life.

Image source: Flickr/Torsten Mangner

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  1. Marco Crupi

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  2. Pearmama

    Chilean Woman–no girl! I’m talking about the spray they give you at the hospital after you’ve given birth. It’s supposed to numb you down there. It is like a freakin’ lifesaver. I have a bottle of coochie shaving cream that someone gave me–is that the one you are talking about? I haven’t tried it, so I can’t vouch for the product.

  3. Some Chilean Woman

    I think I might have died of laughter! You meant the squirt bottle thing! Coochie shaving cream is the bomb, but really expensive and due to the credit crunch I am now just using my Pantene hair conditioner, same thing. Now you all know about my ghetto coochie!

  4. Ferfachu5000

    Girl!

    I just leapfrogged from your blog from Punk Rock Mom’s recently and I rather enjoy both of you so DAMN much!

    This blog is hilarious and OH SO TRUE! I was reading, laughing in my cube at work, and thinking, yep… oh, yeah, witch hazel’s the bomb, and OH SNAP! the coochie spray! That spray saved my life. i came across it under the sink one day and remember not being able to pee without the spray and that warm water squirt bottle. i’d try to aim right at my spicy bits to flush away the seemingly radioactive pee from my mommy wound! If anyone would have walked in and saw me squatting half-off half-on the toilet – man, i would have just died.

    Aaaanyway, thanks for giving the roid-sufferers a voice – now i know i’m not alone! Continue rockin’ the blog!

  5. Pearmama

    Marco Crupi–sorry about the ‘roids, dude.

    Chilean ghetto coochie–someone gave me a gift set of that coochie stuff but like I said, I haven’t used it. So it’s expensive, huh? I’ll be mindful of that and only use it for *special occasions*. LOL

    Fo–Yes, sis. I’ll just jack myself a few bottles when I’m with you at the hospital. That and some chux pads.

    Ferfachu–Please tell me what your name means. Thanks for visiting! And oh, I love the term “mommy wound”. I’ma use that one!

  6. C-Lowe

    “Oh dear God, what have I done?!?” You almost had me peeing in my pants — bladder control ain’t what it used to be either!!

  7. barnettblend

    Anyone who’s ever had a kid is able to relate to this.. and I was definitely relating.. That spray was my friend… And those medicated pads.. heaven.. 🙂 Loved this post.

  8. Fayola

    I had ‘roids once after being hospitalized years ago and I thought I was going to die. Then the nurse told me if I had kids I had them to look forward to and I seriously reconsidered having kids…not that I have any yet but damn if that wasn’t birth control. I *wish* someone would’ve told me about the coochie spray.

  9. Blythe Fike

    i think i love you. i stumbled on your blog and you are HIGHlarious.

    i am a homebirthing mom of two (so far…)and i have never heard of coochie srapy (whaat?!) but i did get frozen condoms to put in my undies. ever heard of that!?

    your new faithful follower,
    blythe

  10. Threeboys1mommy

    Nuh uh! Can’t believe you went there girl… I can’t commit to the poopy story… you’re the only one that was pro-poopy story by the way 😉

  11. Lisa B.

    You’re hilarious! I can’t believe you talked ‘roids.

    I had them for four months after I gave birth to my son. For FOUR months I cried every time I crapped. EVERY time.

  12. Kim

    Your freakin hilarious!

    Will you marry me?

    hahaha Jk jk

    Spray…medicated pads..cant wait to have another little one

  13. Ferfachu5000

    Ha ha!

    Ferfachu =
    my toddler neice could not say my true name (jennifer) so she began to call me FerFer. Then my friends heard it, and mercilessly began calling me all variations of FerFer – its been Ferfy, Ferfanugen, just Ferf, Ferftastic, and when Pokemon came out, it migrated to Ferfachu, Ferfasaur, Ferfimon, but Ferfachu seems to have stuck.

    Quite the tale, dontcha think! Thanks for asking 🙂

  14. Julie Ramos

    hahahahahahahahahahahhahah!!!!!!!! I cannot stop laughing and I think I just peed my pants. I can so relate to that post. Thanks for sharing and makin’ my day. Love your blog – tell it like it is. And I hated Scarlett in that move too! She was such a beeeootch!

  15. Lisa.....

    Um yeah. I wish someone had told me all of these things when I was 16. Maybe I wouldn’t have gotten myself knocked up.

    I didn’t even know what those bottles in my bathroom were for and my nurse was pretty much useless. And that areola thing I think is classified info. A lot of people don’t seem to know about that. Thanks for informing the public!

  16. Pearmama

    Ferfachu…my sister is named Jennifer and when she was little, our cousin couldn’t say her name either. So he started calling her Fofo. How funny!

    She is going to be 30 and that name has stuck. Only we’ve shortened it to Fo. My kids call her Tia Fo (Aunt Fo). Too funny.

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