12 Things No One Tells You When You Give BirthA Mom In Training

If you’re an expecting mother with your first child, I don’t intend to frighten you with this post. When I was pregnant, my only source of information was from the What To Expect When You’re Expecting app. I thought I was pretty prepared for giving birth, but I actually experienced quite a few things that no one told me about!

The only thing I remember worrying about was how much pain I’d be in when it came time to give birth. Little did I know that whole bunch of other things would take me by surprise as well!

So here am I, sharing with you what to really expect when you give birth!

And for my mama friends who have already given birth, what else can you add to this list?


1. A catheter will be inserted in you before delivery.

The thought alone of a catheter makes me cringe. You’re gonna put that where?! {shudder} It’s a good thing it doesn’t hurt when the nurses insert the catheter in you.

I was being induced for labor due to my high risk pregnancy, so things were pretty mellow in the delivery room. Once the catheter was in, it was smooth sailing from there.

No need to get up to pee! You {and anyone else in the room} can see your pee flow down the transparent tube. Lovely.


2. You can’t eat or drink anything after you get the epidural.

It’s a good thing I’d already eaten a filling meal prior to being admitted to the hospital. But I didn’t know that I wouldn’t have been able eat or drink anything after getting the epidural.

In fact, the entire time while I was eating my lunch, I was hoping that it wouldn’t digest so quickly that I’d poop during delivery.

Yes, yes, I know nurses and doctors have seen that all before, but come on! No one really wants a front row audience when you go Number 2!

Back to the epidural.

So, the nurses will actually allow you eat one thing… ice chips. No, you can’t drink water, but you can eat ice chips. Go figure.


3. You don’t have to push so hard.

Hollywood really knows how to play up what a woman is supposed to look like and how she is supposed to react in a delivery room!

I hadn’t received any “coaching” whatsoever about how to push out a baby.

My doc said, “Okay, we’re gonna see how you push now…” She told me to push, and I pushed with all my might!


You don’t have to push so hard.

You’ll tear. You’ll get a hemorrhoid. You’ll just make it a miserable experience.

Use your lower abdomen muscles to push. Your body knows what to do.


4. You will feel intense pressure in your rectum.

While you’re pushing, you’ll feel the extreme pressure in your bottom as if you have to poop.

At this point, you won’t even care if you do. Even if the epidural has numbed you completely, you’ll still feel the pressure, and you still won’t care if you poop.


5. Don’t push with your face.

And while you’re pushing again, don’t push with your face!

What the heck does that mean?!

It means not scrunching up your face. Keep your face relaxed and just focus on your lower abdomen muscles.

You won’t get wrinkles either! Woohoo!


6. You won’t get much sleep while in the hospital, and it won’t be because of a crying baby.

Seriously, this was the most frustrating part.

I’d already been awake for over 48 hours {because of my cholestatis}, delivered a baby, and was beyonnnnd exhausted.

Nurses and doctors will be in and out of your recovery room to ask you questions, take your vitals, checking your private parts, and handing your baby to you for feedings every 2 to 3 hours.

If you’re allowing visitors, they’ll arrive at random times. So no, you won’t get much sleep.


7. It’s extremely difficult to pee after delivery.

Seriously. It will have been HOURS since you last peed, and you won’t feel like you’ll need to go either.

The nurse made me get up to use the restroom to see if I could pee on my own.

How hard could it be? Why was she so insistent on making me urinate? I don’t have to go! Don’t tell me what to do!

Just kidding. My nurse was the sweetest woman ever.

I sat on the toilet and attempted to pee.

Nothing was coming out.

But I could feel that I actually had to go! I mean, it’d only been about 10 hours since I last peed {in the catheter!}, so I MUST have had a lot of urine in me!

I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t pee on command.

The nurse told me she’d have to insert a catheter in me again, but I refuuuuused because my poor vajayjay had already gone through enough!!

I told her to just give me 5 more minutes. She said she’d leave the room and come back in a few minutes.

Within 30 seconds, I was able to pee a good 8 ounces.

{Oh yeah, you’ll have to measure and record how much you pee and at what times you did}. Thank you, Jesus, for no more catheters in me.


8. At first you’ll be shy about nurses checking your private parts, but they’ll do it so often that you won’t even care anymore.

I love how nonchalantly they ask you to look at your private areas. It’s as if they were just looking under the bed for a pen they dropped.

Seriously, it’s that quick.

At first, you’re like, “Omg, why do you wanna look there? I just had a baby for Christ’s sake!”

And then by the third nurse, you’re pulling up your gown for them.


9. It hurts when your milk first comes in.

Oh, you’ll KNOW when your milk arrives.

It usually takes a few days, but when it first comes in, hold on to your nipples! It’s like an intense tingly feeling that gradually increases with pain.

That would be a good time to get your baby to latch on.


10. You’ll still get painful contractions when you start breastfeeding.

And by the way, those contractions aren’t over yet!

Apparently, the uterus is still stretched out and by contracting {thanks to hormones}, it’s returning to its normal size. It usually happens while you’re breastfeeding.

I cried in pain when it first happened and told the nurse that I thought something was wrong. She smiled and explained to me what was happening, and that it also meant I was breastfeeding properly. She also grabbed a heating pad for me, too. {insert sigh of relief}


11. You’ll be extremely thirsty after delivery.

I mean, heck, you weren’t allowed to eat or drink anything but ice chips! Luckily, the nurses have your nutrition in mind and provide you with a bottomless cup of water. Drink up, baby.

Not that baby… Er… yeah.


12. You’ll receive a tummy massage that hurts like hell.

Your doctor will massage your stomach in the recovery room to examine your organs.

OMG, it hurts!

I teared up a bit during the less-than-one-minute exam and requested that heating pack again.

Why would you do this to me, doc?! Yes, my organs are still there! OMG owww!

So do you agree? Even a little bit?


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