Even though several of my friends had babies before my DH and I had our first, there were lots of things that I just didn't know, that I kind of had wished I had a clue about before they happened! So... I thought this might be a fun and useful thread for the expectant moms. What things caught you by surprise when you were expecting or after you brought that new baby home?? Here are a few of mine....:s 1) Being HOT. Like, menopausal hot-flashes HOT after baby was born - and for a few months following! This one makes sense since your body isn't making the same level of estrogen after you deliver, and estrogen regulates your body temp. But still, I wasn't prepared for the night sweats! After a night or two, i started to sleep on layers of towels so I could peel them off during the night if I was too damp! Also kept a spare pair of PJs by my pillow and changed after feeding(s).... 2) How much leakage there can be from lactating breasts (just discussed this in the nursing bra thread, which inspired this thread!) and how staining fatty breastmilk can be 3) that 'less bladder control after delivery' might just mean NO control! Got home from hospital with baby, hit the bathroom and before I could get my pants undone, my body got the "Oh! Goody! Toilet!" signal and I then had a bathroom rug and pants to wash before I was home even 15 minutes! (this improved rapidly though!) lots more.... but I'll stop for now. Please add yours!