Okay I’m going to be totally honestly with you if you’re a first time mom. I really felt like even though I took baby classes and had a plan and read everything I could to be prepared. But honestly nothing will prepare you for labor. But I wanted to give you a honest look at what I went through so maybe you’ll have a better idea with what you’re in for!
1.) It still hurts pushing that baby through even with a epidural this really depends on how much you weigh. I still had feeling when it came to pushing I was 175lbs and I’m about 5’8. They do your epidural based on how much you weigh.
2.) Labor rooms are typically dark because the melatonin hormone helps your labor progress. With that said a lot of times you will go into labor in the middle of the night!
3.)You will have an after birth but honestly it’s nothing!
4.) Odds are good you will tear; it was a really big fear of mine and I still tore but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I though it would be.
5.) Pooping and peeing for the first time after you give birth is horribly painful and hard to do! Take a stool softener and just try to relax.
6.) You will probably poop but your doc will probably just wipe it away as you push. Its NOT a big deal
7.) The day after you will be sore. Like your arms and you legs and your back and your shoulders. Pushing a baby out is a whole body workout!! I was shocked at how stiff I was the next day.
8.) You will probably cry and laugh and then cry again after you have your little bundle. Totally normal your body is full of hormones and you’re going through a HUGE detox.
9.) If you were sick your whole pregnancy it will be gone almost instantaneously! I ate nearly 5 plates of food because I was so sick and couldn’t eat large portions of food because I’d throw up; so if you’re like me know that it goes away and goes away FAST.
10.) You will bleed for next 6 WEEKS. Yes, like one long period. You will need more like a diaper for about 3 or 4 days then a large maxi pads should suffice.
11.) Your water breaking isn’t necessarily how labor starts. I ended up having my midwife break mine to get my labor to progress
12.) Your body may be swollen when you’re really pregnant sometimes it doesn’t go away right away after you deliver and it’s really important to get up and walk when you feel strong enough to!
13.) If you nurse your baby your uterus will contract and it feels like period cramps. It’s not horrible but it’s not exactly pleasant.
14.) If you have a vaginal birth your nurse will come in after the baby is born and massage your stomach. You will want to hurt said nurse it’s horrible but very, very necessary!
15.) You might have wicked night sweats. I didn’t expect these but I would wake up drenched. I would have to sleep on a towel. I would definitely recommend getting an incontinence sleeping pad. This will keep you comfortable sleeping!
16.) YOU WILL FORGET THE PAIN. YES!
I hope this helps it’s totally honest and sums up my labor. Always feel free to email me if you have questions!