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I try not to think about labor and delivery too much -- my due date is another six months away after all! Honestly, I'm pretty sure labor is gonna blow no matter how hard I try to have a positive Zen-like hypno-birthing outlook. Of course, I can't wait to meet my baby and I'm sure that in the moment the pain and pushing will be worth it.
Today everyone is dying for all the details on Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's new baby boy, but I'd actually like to know about her labor and delivery. She may be a celeb mom, but she seems totally down to earth and actually looked like a real pregnant woman to boot (click here to see what I mean) -- and she's just went through labor for the third time. Here's what I want to know:
Did she panic when the contractions started? I can almost guarantee that by the time I'm nearing my due date, I’ll be crossing fingers for it to start every second of every day no matter where I am, but this is probably my greatest labor fear at this point. What if I'm alone? Or what if I'm not alone and instead in a public place and my water really does break and gush all over like on TV?
Was she hungry during labor? Even before pregnancy I ate every few hours (thank God for a speedy metabolism and a passion for exercise!). So every time I hear that you can't eat during labor, I start to panic. I'll already be in pain and I'm going to be forced to endure hunger pangs, too? Not to mention how cranky I get the second I get hungry. Can I sneak in snacks? Maybe just a tiny pack of almonds? Or will I not notice that I haven't eaten for 12 hours?
Did she start to hate Ben Affleck (as impossible as that seems) and all the nurses and doctors during the process? As I mentioned before, I get cranky when I'm hungry. My husband will also tell you that I get cranky when I'm hot, have to go to the bathroom and a whole list of things. I admit, it's true. I'm happiest when I'm comfortable. So what? I can only imagine how irritated I'll get when I'm hungry, hot, in pain, inpatient, tired and who knows what else. Here's hoping I don't lose it on anyone who's trying to help me.
TMI, but did she poop while pushing? It might come as a shock to some moms-to-be, I know enough about pregnancy to know how common this is. It was news to my husband though when we watched a recent episode of Up All Night which told the labor and delivery story of Jenna Elfman's character. But seriously? Is there a way to guarantee my bowels are empty before delivery?
Was she conflicted about an epidural? I don't know that she had one, but since many celeb mamas who are into natural child birth seem to talk about it, I'm just guessing. I eat organic, I avoid toxins and I try to live an eco-friendly life. I've chosen a midwife instead of an ob-gyn. I intend to read up on Ina May Gaskin's natural childbirth philosophies and consider hypno-birthing. Yet, I am 99 percent sure I want that epidural anyway. Thoughts?
iVillage Making a Mama blogger Julie Seguss loves all things health and fitness, and holds a personal trainer certification from the American Council on Exercise. She is expecting her first child, or second if you count her very spoiled French bulldog. Find more from Julie at Inhabitots and Momtourage.