8 Things That Happen During Labor And Delivery That Always Catch Women Off-Guard. Do You Agree?

Birth is incredible yet surprising. Expected labor occurrences often blend with unexpected events, catching many off-guard.

Shaking

“Nobody told me that I’d shake like crazy. My jaw was literally chattering. Even when I commented on how bad it was, none of the nurses chimed in to tell me that was normal.”

Leaving with the Baby

Another person shared that they were surprised by how quickly they were allowed to leave the hospital with their baby. “They just let you leave with the baby after!”

Catheter

An individual experienced bladder draining after an epidural, unknowing catheter usage was necessary. The nurse filled 3 basins before it ended.

Anticlimactic Pushing

Another person was surprised by how anticlimactic pushing was. “It was more like, we checked your cervix and when the doctor gets back from break we are going to start pushing.”

Heartburn

One person was surprised by their distraction from heartburn during childbirth, feeling like vomiting acid after every push. They didn't expect such focus on heartburn.

Taking Care of the Baby

"Sent baby to nursery for sleep. Didn't realize I'd need to feed, clothe and change him. I could get him anytime!"

Empty Feeling

One person felt surprisingly empty after giving birth. They describe it as not a bad feeling, but quite relieving.

Sweating

Another person was surprised by how much they were sweating during labor. “Literally in between contractions I was asking my husband to dig through my bag for my deodorant.”

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