That your baby will look like a squishy, purple, goopy, mess and your first reaction to being handed this thing may not be overwhelming love but, "ewwwwww". (Don't worry, the love comes!)
That you don't so much forget the pain of labour, its more that your mind can't/won't fully comprehend the amount of pain you were in. (But every single moment is worth it of course!)
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13-08-2014 20:26 #62
That you might lose control of your bladder for weeks after the birth. Every sneeze, cough, walking too long, going from standing to sitting had me leaking urine. It was gross and made me feel so ashamed and scared that it wouldn't get better. I was absolutely powerless to stop the flow of urine and horrified by it.
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13-08-2014 20:34 #63Senior Member
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I also didn't know about the no gas during pushing part until they yanked it from my hands!!!
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13-08-2014 20:55 #64
That you could get so exhausted from pushing for hours and hours that you physically and mentally can't bring yourself to push anymore.
That the medical professionals in the room don't always have your best interests at heart if they happen to conflict with their view on what birth should be like.
How incredibly important it is to have people with you that you trust to be your advocate and speak up for you.
Like pp's have said about being swollen 'down there' after birth.
13-08-2014 20:57 #65
That I would be in so much pain during contractions that I'd dry retch every time and that I couldn't speak until the epidural kicked in .... About hours in to it ...
13-08-2014 21:32 #66
13-08-2014 21:32 #67
That I would swell EVERYWHERE! Didn't swell once during pregnancy
13-08-2014 21:43 #68
That 6 months down the track I would still have moments when I thought "wow, I actually had a baby!".
13-08-2014 21:45 #69
This might sound incredibly dopey, but with my first I completely hadn't given a single to the whole passing of the placenta! I mean, I *knew* it had to come out, but everything is just so focussed on the baby and contractions etc that when they jab you with that needle to help your body pass it quicker, it totally threw me. I'd forgotten about that part, lol..
Also the fact that an epidural equals catheter. Embarrassingly I didn't even realise I'd had one inserted (first labour and I was out of it from the pethidine) until DH sat on the bed beside me and pointed it out... I was like, huh? Wtf is THAT?! In my defence though, I was just 17 when I had my first baby, so perhaps a little naive when it came to all the medical stuff
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13-08-2014 22:10 #70
That you can have a wonderful supportive midwife for the first half of your labour, and a neglectful selfish cow for the second half.
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