What I wish I would have known about labor and delivery

Continuation of the series I started last week- what I wish I would have known about labor and delivery. 

  1. Contractions feel like bad cramps. At least in the beginning they were for me, but then they got REAL.

  2. There’s no shame in getting an epidural. I got one because I couldn’t breathe through my contractions anymore.

  3. There’s no shame in getting a c-section either.

  4. Eat early on. I got to the point where I was so hungry but I wasn’t allowed to eat, but they gave me a popsicle. Best tasting popsicle ever.

  5. Educate yourself on birthing positions. Ideally, on all fours or squatting. This allows for the pelvis to expand in all directions, and decrease risk for injury. However positions may be limited if you have an epidural.

  6. The amount you workout during your pregnancy does not guarantee a quick or easy delivery.

  7. To decrease risk of injury, pushing for less than a hour is ideal.

  8. Enjoy all the help and assistance possible in the hospital from the nurses. They are a godsend!

  9. Take all the free samples they’ll give you- you never know what you’ll need!

Is there anything that you wish you would have known about labor and delivery that you know now? Comment below!