Wish We'd Known: 14 Things No One Told Us About Labor

(15 Photos)

Jenna McCarthy on Mar 24, 2011 at 4:01PM

chime in now
  • 5 of 15

Wish We'd Known: 14 Things No One Told Us About Labor

Getty

Next Up: From the First Contraction to the Final Push: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Labor
starts in 3 seconds
    Loading slides...

Labor is a Messy Endeavor

Your mom always said “Ladies don't sweat, they perspire,” but your mom clearly wasn't including birth when she said this. Plan to sweat. And to bleed. You may even perform unthinkable bodily functions right on the delivery table without even knowing it. Everyone does and it’s nothing to be freaked out or embarrassed about. But -- definitely put on the icky hospital garb they give you and save the cute PJs for when you’re having visitors over in the maternity wing.

Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow http://t.co/wfewf

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web