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You know... Things you didn't find out until it happened to you? Or maybe something that happened after that you didn't know would happen. Someone told me pregnancy is actually 10 months not 9... Waah? And that you can constipated, and when your water breaks, it's not like a little stream that stops... It KEEPS GOING! I also just found out that sometimes you have to get the skin between your whooha and butt hole cut so it doesn't RIP! AHHH! OUCH!

I'm not trying to scare myself out of pregnancy, I'm just trying to know as much as I can so I'm not too surprised or think I'm dying (cause I'm already a hypercondriac people). Let's make this fun!

Thanks for your help!!

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I had contractions that are called 'voorweeën' in Dutch (I'm from Holland, Europe). This would be translated as 'pre-contractions'. I didn't hear about these before they happened. They were coming regularly and minutes apart so I called the midwife to find out these contractions weren't the start of the actual labour. There was not much difference with the contractions I got later. I even had contractions two weeks before giving birth.
Wow, I didn't hear about those! Glad I know how so I don't think I'm dying if that happens to me! haha. Thanks!

Odile said:
I had contractions that are called 'voorweeën' in Dutch (I'm from Holland, Europe). This would be translated as 'pre-contractions'. I didn't hear about these before they happened. They were coming regularly and minutes apart so I called the midwife to find out these contractions weren't the start of the actual labour. There was not much difference with the contractions I got later. I even had contractions two weeks before giving birth.
That after a c-section you would feel like you got hit by a sixteen wheeler and it would take months to recover.
Oh gosh... all the things I can tell you! My momma had ten children biologically and vaginally... one at home and one on a stretcher. I've birthed 3 children and am adopting one currently. Adoption is more mentally tasking, that's for sure, but birth is definitely a physical beat-down. It's awesome and very instinctive though. I don't enjoy the pregnancy part too much (so long & you feel off all the time), but labor wasn't all that bad for me. Mind you, it was excruciating and I didn't have meds with the births, but you know it will end whereas the pregnancy just seems to keep going and going. In hospitals, all they give you is ice chips... eat before you go... also eat things that will help you poo. Also... with all the things that come out of your body that day, don't worry about poo on the table... pushing is from the same area as peeing and pooing... you have no control and trying to control it will slow down the birth.

They call it the "ring of fire" for a reason... crowning burns like you would never believe. Stitching you up if you tear isn't that bad because you are in shock and can't feel too much but a prick, prick, prick and it makes you jump a little. Plus they give you numbing shots. You also shake because you are in shock... ask for blankets or have a designated person ask for you if you have nurses that don't notice. Eat those ice chips, if you don't pee after you birth... sometimes they want to stick a catheter in... you don't want one of those from what I've heard. I had to beg my nurse not to put one in; she didn't. Also, with one child, I kept throwing up the whole birth... who knows why. It's not the end of the world if your baby is flipped face up, it just hurts worse with back labor. DON'T hold that baby in... unless it is life threatening, push the baby out and let the nurses catch if the doctor isn't there... I held mine in because the docs weren't quick enough, which means pain and lower oxygen for the baby. Only hold in if medically necessary.

Going bowling put me in labor... good thing because I was two weeks... talk about 42 weeks! You bleed afterward for up to 6 weeks and with the child that was flipped, it felt like I was hit by a Mack semi-truck. The others were ALOT less painful and a lot less recovery. Sometimes afterward you pass blood clots that are huge and painful... and doctors tell you to call if you do, and then they ask the size blah blah blah and then you wait forever with pain killers scared half-to death your dying when you find out it's normal (they are worried about hemorrhaging). It's only bad if it keeps happening.

You have to massage your uterus back down to size...the nurses show you how usually. Your hormone level drops immensely and you can be emotionally out of sorts. Strecth marks are a mother's proudest award! For real. All in all, it is worth every minute. Those children are worth 50 million times more than every ounce of agony or wierd things I ever went through. I would never trade one minute of agony whether through adoption or birth... they are thee most precious gifts in the world. You can absolutely find the strength even as a hypocondriac... I'm a bit of a germ-a-phobe... which goes away a bit after kid clutter.

Also, you can spot blood before labor onset... even before your water breaks. Some water breakage is a trickle others is a gush and every contraction pushes more out sometimes... it feels very warm and honestly you have no idea if it is pee or not. With one of mine they were trying to slow down the birth and asked me to keep holding things in... well the water burst and shot like 10 feet across the room my husband said. Kinda funny actually. Just remember, it is all worth it... and strangely I do miss it now that I'm not. =0)

Oh and you become clumsy and can fall alot because your hips spread (which usually is gradually but sometimes quickly which can hurt). But not much concern here for your baby... they are in the best shock absorbant material ever! Just try to fall gently if you can and not on your stomach. By the way, your rear-end has a mind of it's own and can knock anything or anyone down!
WELL, this is a question lol. I wasn't prepared for premature birth. I started having contractions after a pretty stressful time period. Nothing prepares you for the NICU. But, nothing prepares you for the love that people show you at the NICU. They keep you calm, take care of your child, take care of you, teach you how to take care of your early bird. The hardest part is when you aren't able to hold your child...that is the worst. But I stroked her little feet and till this day when she is upset that is what she likes. Its hard not being able to take your baby home with you right away. Its hard when you see a baby next to yours who is doing worse..its even harder to look at the mother's face. But all the joy when you bring your baby home washes all that away. And then you realize..she is yours.

First pregnancy labor will be the longest. Its horrible. If they offer pain medicine take it...especially the spinal. Its so great because it numbs you. I had one child vaginally and one child c-section. It freaked me out that I was going to be awake during surgery but believe me you will want to be. Hated it when my blood pressure dropped so low my muscles were so weak I couldn't throw up. Let me tell you the greatest day is when they take the stitches out! The worst thing was when I had to have the amniotic fluid checked...the big needle..its like science fiction big.

Please remember its all worth it!

Christine

lol....probably freaked you out 10 ways from Sunday. This is worst case scenario...I was diabetic.
Premature labor was one of them. Be sure you know the signs. Keeping hydrated & emptying your bladder supposedly helps reduce premature contractions. Oh, and you can tell if they are "real" contractions if they are starting at the top of your uterus. Low ones usually indicate Braxton Hicks.
Def that braxton hicks contrax are annoying! Also that you do pee yourself when the baby kicks & you are due any day! ;)

I have had 4 csecs & NEVER felt like I was hit by a 16wheeler & it took weeks to recover NOT months!!!
I didn't get my skin cut, not all doctors do that and you can opt not to. Also, pregnancy is 9 months if you go by the months, it's 10 months if you count one month as 4 weeks.
I didn't know you had to sleep on your left side when you were pregnant, I hated that.
How long it would actually take to feel like yourself again!
My doctor told me not to sleep on my left side because I have been having palpatations.. and when I layed down on my right side it wouldn't happen.. well now it happens on the right side too.. they tested me last week for preeclampsia and everything came back ok but I am getting worse.. so now I think I will have to sleep sitting up. :/ It is hard to get comfy.. BUT this is soooooo worth it!!!

Katie Lyons said:
I didn't get my skin cut, not all doctors do that and you can opt not to. Also, pregnancy is 9 months if you go by the months, it's 10 months if you count one month as 4 weeks.
I didn't know you had to sleep on your left side when you were pregnant, I hated that.
It is always good to know certain things before hand. But if you didn't know, then you learn from it & then share with others. Thanks people, for the great experiences here.

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S B said:
Oh gosh... all the things I can tell you! My momma had ten children biologically and vaginally... one at home and one on a stretcher. I've birthed 3 children and am adopting one currently. Adoption is more mentally tasking, that's for sure, but birth is definitely a physical beat-down. It's awesome and very instinctive though. I don't enjoy the pregnancy part too much (so long & you feel off all the time), but labor wasn't all that bad for me. Mind you, it was excruciating and I didn't have meds with the births, but you know it will end whereas the pregnancy just seems to keep going and going. In hospitals, all they give you is ice chips... eat before you go... also eat things that will help you poo. Also... with all the things that come out of your body that day, don't worry about poo on the table... pushing is from the same area as peeing and pooing... you have no control and trying to control it will slow down the birth.

They call it the "ring of fire" for a reason... crowning burns like you would never believe. Stitching you up if you tear isn't that bad because you are in shock and can't feel too much but a prick, prick, prick and it makes you jump a little. Plus they give you numbing shots. You also shake because you are in shock... ask for blankets or have a designated person ask for you if you have nurses that don't notice. Eat those ice chips, if you don't pee after you birth... sometimes they want to stick a catheter in... you don't want one of those from what I've heard. I had to beg my nurse not to put one in; she didn't. Also, with one child, I kept throwing up the whole birth... who knows why. It's not the end of the world if your baby is flipped face up, it just hurts worse with back labor. DON'T hold that baby in... unless it is life threatening, push the baby out and let the nurses catch if the doctor isn't there... I held mine in because the docs weren't quick enough, which means pain and lower oxygen for the baby. Only hold in if medically necessary.

Going bowling put me in labor... good thing because I was two weeks... talk about 42 weeks! You bleed afterward for up to 6 weeks and with the child that was flipped, it felt like I was hit by a Mack semi-truck. The others were ALOT less painful and a lot less recovery. Sometimes afterward you pass blood clots that are huge and painful... and doctors tell you to call if you do, and then they ask the size blah blah blah and then you wait forever with pain killers scared half-to death your dying when you find out it's normal (they are worried about hemorrhaging). It's only bad if it keeps happening.

You have to massage your uterus back down to size...the nurses show you how usually. Your hormone level drops immensely and you can be emotionally out of sorts. Strecth marks are a mother's proudest award! For real. All in all, it is worth every minute. Those children are worth 50 million times more than every ounce of agony or wierd things I ever went through. I would never trade one minute of agony whether through adoption or birth... they are thee most precious gifts in the world. You can absolutely find the strength even as a hypocondriac... I'm a bit of a germ-a-phobe... which goes away a bit after kid clutter.

Also, you can spot blood before labor onset... even before your water breaks. Some water breakage is a trickle others is a gush and every contraction pushes more out sometimes... it feels very warm and honestly you have no idea if it is pee or not. With one of mine they were trying to slow down the birth and asked me to keep holding things in... well the water burst and shot like 10 feet across the room my husband said. Kinda funny actually. Just remember, it is all worth it... and strangely I do miss it now that I'm not. =0)

Oh and you become clumsy and can fall alot because your hips spread (which usually is gradually but sometimes quickly which can hurt). But not much concern here for your baby... they are in the best shock absorbant material ever! Just try to fall gently if you can and not on your stomach. By the way, your rear-end has a mind of it's own and can knock anything or anyone down!

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