Every pregnant woman wonders what her labor will be like.
For some reason, seeing a pregnant belly seems to give other women the idea that you want to hear all about their labor and delivery, (and the worse theirs was, the more they seem to want to tell you about it!) I’m going to tell you to take what you hear with a grain of salt – every labor and delivery is different and you can not anticipate what yours will be based on what other women’s were like.
That said, there are some things about childbirth that your doctor, mother, grandmother, the stranger in the supermarket, or your best friend probably will not tell you. And there may be other things you have heard that you wished you hadn’t! Nothing anybody tells you can't ever completely prepare you for the day you deliver your first baby.
However, there are some things that we all have in common, and there are also things you can do to help prepare you for the big day!
What You Might Not Know About Labor
1. Prenatal classes don't really prepare you for labor.
Sure, they teach you some of what will happen, and what to expect with a newborn baby, but like I said, nothing can really fully prepare you. Regardless, I do recommend taking a prenatal class of some sort. They are informative and you will meet other pregnant women and their partners or labor coaches. It’s so nice to have the support of others going through pregnancy too!
2. It is going to hurt. A lot.
Unless you have a really high pain tolerance, you will feel excruciating pain. I remember being told it was like really bad cramps with your period. Wrong. But, you know what? Women have been doing it since there were people on earth, so as bad as it may be at the time, it will pass. Keeping that in mind helped me. I knew the pain would eventually be over.
3. It can be scary.
No matter how prepared you may feel, the first part of labor can be really scary since it is a new experience and you won’t be totally sure what to expect. Knowing that many women feel this fear can actually help lessen the fear. It is all worth it!
4. Some say that giving birth is the easy part. It’s raising the child that is the hard part!
I’m not so sure about that, but I can say that being a parent is the most wonderful and rewarding thing I have ever done. I knew the moment I held my son for the first time that it really was worth every stress and pain I endured.
Best wishes to you! For more tips on pregnancy and delivering a baby, check out Maternity Corner.