Labor & Delivery Surprises

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Labor & Delivery Surprises
Mon, 10-15-2012 - 8:18am
You read all the advice, you talk to your friends and you take the classes, but even when you think you're 100-percent ready for childbirth, parts of labor and delivery can be completely unexpected -- and, okay, even shocking. From the gross to the scary to the slightly bizarre, here are 21 labor and delivery surprises. Don't say we didn't warn you!

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Registered: 11-04-2004
Mon, 10-15-2012 - 9:16am

I was most surprised by:

1. how long early labor took with my first

2. how easily I caved to pitocin and an epidural when I felt pressured by the nurses

3. OMG the after pains down below (only the first time when I tore a smidge). The ice pack and peri bottle were my bestest friends.

4. The cramping after my 2nd was much, much worse. Every time I'd nurse her it would feel like the worst period cramps of my life. For three days it went on.