Labor & Delivery Some Truths

I am not pregnant.

Let’s just begin with that disclaimer because I do not want to start any rumors.

But I have been. And I’ve given birth. So I’m pretty much an expert. Humor me.

Last week a close friend of mine delivered a bundle of joy. I’ve been thinking a lot about her lately and how fearful she was regarding the big moment. Just like many of us (or all of us) when you’re pregnant with your first child there are a lot of unknowns. And people aren’t afraid to tell you things that can be downright scary. Thanks for that. Really.

My friend was told that after delivering her baby she wouldn’t be able to poop for two weeks and would be in an enormous amount of pain as a result. Eew. And no. I’m sure that’s the case for some but come on, people. Know your audience. Please. Why dump all your bad experiences on someone who is already nervous and seeking your counsel? The baby is coming. She can’t avoid giving birth to said baby. Don’t pile on with your drama and make things worse.

So the truth is that labor and delivery is hard. For me, it was only really painful during an hour or so. Yes, it was the kind of pain that you can’t even fathom surviving but you know what? I did survive it. When I look back on the day my little boy was born I consider it the absolute best day of my entire life. Do I remember the pain? Sure. Do I remember the rude nurse who talked to everyone else in the room and never me? Yep. Do I remember that the doctor arrived in his {insert college sports team because I can’t remember what it was} game day attire and proceeded to talk at length about the big game while I had contractions? Uh-huh.

Would I do it all again? Abso-freakin-lutely.

Moms-to-be DO want information. I know I spent quite a bit of time online while pregnant and pestering my friends for details of their own labor and delivery. Here are some tips that proved helpful for me.They’re not unnecessarily terrifying and they’re 100% true.

Ten Labor Truths

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