My neighbor is due to give birth any day now. Since this is her third delivery, she knows what’s coming for her and her hoo-hah. In her honor, I have decided to share with you the top 10 things about labor, delivery, and recovery that I wish someone would have shared with me.
If you are pregnant or have been pregnant, you know that every pregnancy, labor experience, delivery, and recovery is different. I am not a doctor or medical professional. I can only write from my point of view, but here they are (in no particular order):
1. Your doctor wants you to labor at home for as long as possible.
I always assumed that when you felt your first strong contraction, you immediately went to the hospital. Thanks, every movie and tv show ever made. That’s not actually the case.
Your doctor wants you to labor at home for as long as possible. For some people this is a positive thing. Your doctor will tell you to rest while you can, eat what you want, take a bath, and be comfortable. As soon as you get to the hospital, you get hooked up to machines, you can’t eat solids until after delivery, and it’s not a very relaxing environment. If you can labor at home, good for you. This is what everyone wants.
For other people, like me, who suffer from crippling anxiety, being at or near a hospital is what helped me relax. My hospital was 45 minutes away with no traffic and I did not want to give birth on the highway. I labored at home for as long as I could, and then I lied to the doctor about how far apart my contractions were. I needed to go in.
Do what makes you comfortable.