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5 Truths about Labor You May Not Have Heard

Truth about Childbirth from moms. You’ve seen the birth class video and practiced your breathing, but there are still some things about labor that might surprise you. Moms deliver the real deal.
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Hee-hee-hee…huh? You’ve seen the birth class video and practiced your breathing, but there are still some things about labor that might surprise you (in a good sort of way). Moms deliver the real deal.

1. The best patient advocate is you. "The person administering my epidural just wasn’t getting it right," recalls mom of one Elizabeth Deveney-Frazier of Cohasset, Massachusetts. "I could feel the needle, feel the pressure—all the things they say you aren’t supposed to feel. I spoke up and requested someone else. You can’t worry about being that patient when it’s your well being and your baby’s."

2. You can’t control your baby’s arrival, so relax! "I had this long list of things to get done right up to my due date, and I had it in my mind that I would finish," recalls Marie Alfonso, a mom of one in Brooklyn, New York. "Then my water broke during a staff meeting, which wasn’t part of the plan!" Try to have tasks finished up well before your due date. The more well-rested you are when you go into labor, the better.

3. Labor: the toughest job you’ll ever...sleep through. Contrary to what you may have seen in the movies, labor isn’t all agony, all the time. "After my epidural, I had a completely pain-free labor," says Marina Daly, a mom of one from Tampa, Florida. "The entire process was 10 hours long and I spent it napping and watching the Food Network. The nurses actually had to wake me up when it was time to push."

4. You can always change your mind—and meds. "Both my mother and mother-in-law told me natural childbirth was a beautiful thing, so I gave it a try," says Lorra Brown, a mom of two from Ringwood, New Jersey. "At first I worked through the pain with breathing and relaxation techniques, but hours later, I went for the epidural."

5. Bonding can happen anytime. "After I had a c-section, I couldn’t hold my baby right off and was worried I’d missed my chance to connect with him," says Lynn Whitlock, a mother of two from Minneapolis, Minnesota. "A few hours later the nurses brought him to me, and there was that click. The delay didn’t matter—it was still a great moment."

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 7reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My contractions always felt like really bad cramps. But I dont take pain medicine. Due to having to c-sections I had to get an epidural but once it wore off I was good. September 21, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by When I was 21 I had twin girls. My water broke in the middle of the night, but I did not have any labor pains. I did not know I was having twins until I was six months along, so when my water broke my babies were in the wrong possession, so I had to have a C-section. I was upset because they put me totally out and Dad could not be in the room! We never had the joy of seeing them being born! I have to say that when I am pregnant I feel very healthy! September 12, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by The delivery of my first baby was terrifying and excrutiatingly painful! But now that I have baby #4 I realize that EVERY delivery is completely different. None of them were the same! But the thing I learned during the first that stayed the same for all was that pain does not mean something is wrong! It hurts to have a baby but your body is designed for it! Pain actually speeds the process along I think! February 5, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Thank you for those tips it will be helpfull when I'm in labor July 17, 2011
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