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14. I Was In A Lot Of Pain
"I spent most of my maternity leave days just sitting around with the baby. It was winter, and my recovery was rough. I had a second-degree tear, my baby wanted to be held all the time, and a lot of stairs in my house meant I was in pain a lot of the time. My husband was not able to take much time off work because he's self-employed, but my mom came out and stayed with me for three weeks, bless her heart. Even still, I felt very isolated for most of my maternity leave." -Emily P.