My entire first pregnancy I was terrified. I didn’t want to think about how the baby would be exiting my body. I would have been thrilled if we could just skip all that and just magically get to the baby being outside my belly.
Now that I’ve
experienced survived two pregnancies and two births, I would just like to say, for all of you terrified pregnant mamas…the pregnancy is the worst part. Really. Nothing is worse than that.
Think I’m crazy? I present to you 8 reasons why I’d be willing to endure labor and delivery again but I would prefer to never be pregnant again.
1. Labor is fast and to the point – Okay, it could last 36 hours or so (mine were only a couple hours each), but that’s still nothing compared to 9 months of pain and misery.
2. You know there’s an end in sight – Once you are in labor they only let you go so long before they take the baby out of you. You just have to endure the day. Not so with pregnancy, “due dates” are made to be broken and you could end up waiting weeks after your due date to finally be done.
3. It’s okay to be rude when you’re in labor – I screamed all sorts of less than pleasant things at my husband and even my mother in law while I was in labor. The best part? No one got mad, no one made me apologize; instead they massaged my back and said how awesome I was while I was screaming at them. During pregnancy? People don’t care if your hormones are going wild – you better be kind and courteous and act like your body doesn’t feel like it’s being ripped in half.
4. You can complain – 9 months is a long time to complain about back pains, stomach pains, sore boobs, swollen feet, leg cramps headaches and everything else hurting. Eventually, people get tired of hearing it, or assume you are exaggerating. The minute that labor starts it all changes and every one is your best friend, ready to cheer you on and tell you what a great job you are doing
screaming breathing. No one ever told me I was complaining too much in the delivery room, quite possibly because they all valued their lives too much, but still!
5. It’s the ultimate trump card – You had your wisdom teeth removed? Yikes, that must be rough… Let me remind you of the time I pushed an 8 pound child out of my body.
6. Bragging rights – Regardless of how you deliver your baby, with drugs, or without, c-section, or vaginal – you now have serious bragging rights. You did it! You birthed an entire human being. And you are awesome.
7. The baby – Yes, of course, the baby is the best part <insert cliche sentimental baby talk here>
8. The relief – You are done. In one action you finished pregnancy, labor and childbirth. That’s some awesome multitasking! Which is good, because you will have to become a master multi-tasker now that you are a mother.
Pregnancy, labor and childbirth are the most challenging (and rewarding!) things I’ve ever known. But pregnancy is definitely the hardest part!
Which was more difficult for you; the pregnancy? or the labor/delivery? Are you one that LOVES being pregnant or do you ‘just endure it’ like I do?