4 Things No One Tells You About Labor

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There are certain times in life when it’s totally okay to bury your head and embrace the bliss that is ignorance. It’s things like not checking your bank account during your freshman year at college, not stepping on the scales after a very good Christmas and an even better summer, and not reading what ingredients go into making those bright orange Cheetos. But sometimes, just sometimes, the best thing you can do is soak up all the knowledge you can, even if it scares you, and that’s exactly what you should do when it comes to labor.

 

If you’re pregnant (and we presume you are because you are reading this), you need to accept that a little, tiny, slightly gross-looking but still impossibly beautiful human is going to come out of you, and the best way to prepare is to do all the research you can, speak to moms who have been through it and, yup, be willing to find out all that stuff no one is willing to tell you. That’s where we come in.

 

Not all of the below is going to be pretty, but it will all be helpful.

 

  1. When Your Water Breaks…

It doesn’t happen in some ceremonious flood akin to the Old Testament. We know that’s what happens in the movies, but that’s not what happens in real life. Instead, it will feel like you are peeing yourself and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Oh, and it might not happen all at once. It could last all day. Sorry.

 

  1. Contractions Are The Worst…

Most first time moms think it’s the pushing out a sprog that is going to be the worst, but that’s rarely the case. For most women, it’s actually the contractions that feel like you’ve fallen into that part of hell usually reserved for the worst kind of people. It’s like being prodded with a hundred hot pokers in your lower back and abdomen, and all you can do is breath. The pushing bit feels like a spa session compared to this.

 

  1. Trust Your Doctor…

You are right, doctors are just humans. Yes, they are incredibly well-trained, well-educated and highly-paid humans, but they are still just humans and that means some new moms find themselves Googling https://getlegal.nyc/medical-malpractice/birth-injury-attorneys/. But there is a reason why you chose the doctor you have. You trusted them, you were impressed with their experience and they have a soothing voice. Revel in that.

 

  1. Epidurals Are Great…

There is so much stigma in today’s world -so much judgment – to the extent that moms think they shouldn’t rock any painkillers and should instead feel every niggle of birth because that’s what being a mom is about. Sod that. Getting an epidural is great. The needle doesn’t even hurt and it brings about a sweet, sweet numbness to your thoracic area. Go natural if you want, but don’t afraid to yell “Yes!” when asked if you want an epidural either.

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