9 Funny & Freaky Fears About Labor & Delivery (That Might Just Happen!)

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labor and deliveryMost first-time moms-to-be are a bit nervous about what exactly will go down during their labor and delivery. It's really not uncommon for some pregnant women to be a little bit afraid of giving birth.

And after hearing Holly Madison's biggest labor and delivery fear, if there were women out there who weren't freaked out about the process, they probably will be after hearing what she's most concerned about.

Are you ready? (You might want to brace yourself a little.)

Holly is scared that she will push her bladder out of her vagina while giving birth to her baby. (Yes, for real.)

OMG! In all of the possible horror story scenarios that ever went through my brain before I gave birth to my son, pushing so hard that my bladder came shooting out of my vag never crossed my mind.

And of course, my curiosity got the best of me and I just HAD to know if pushing your bladder out during delivery is really possible, so I googled it.

Ahhhh! Would you believe it can really happen? Yep, it's called bladder prolapse, and it sounds just as horrific as you'd expect, so no wonder Holly is paranoid about it. 

Yikes! As of now, I don't plan on having any more kids, but if I ever change my mind, you can go ahead and add pushing out my bladder to the list of things I'll be worrying about prior to giving birth.

And in addition to bladder prolapse, I'm sure I'd also be afraid of all the same things I was petrified of when I delivered my son, all of which are fairly common fears for most pregnant women. Do any of these concern you?

Pooping on the table -- Hands down, dropping a deuce mid-delivery had me more freaked out than anything else. I mean, can giving birth get any more embarrassing than having a bunch of people watch you poop?

Peeing on the table -- Yes, I worried about wetting myself -- until they put my catheter in.

Farting in the doctor's face -- Sadly, this fear came true. I farted and farted and farted during my son's delivery -- to the point that the nurses and doctors must've wondered what I'd eaten the night before.

The epidural wearing off -- I was so numb when I delivered my son that I couldn't even feel pressure to push. But when they asked me if I could feel pressure, I totally lied, because I was afraid they'd cut the drip on my epidural if I told them the truth.

Bursting the blood vessels in my face -- Yes, this happened too. I pushed 'til I was purple (probably because I couldn't feel myself pushing.) I was a vision of loveliness after delivery, to say the least.

Pushing for hours and having a C-section anyway -- This happened to a couple of my friends, and I was petrified it would happen to me to. Thankfully, it didn't.

Tearing -- Yikes! Makes me cringe just thinking about it. Nobody wants to tear. Nobody.

Having an episiotomy -- No, I didn't tear, but I would have if my doctor hadn't resorted to using the scissors. (For the record, I didn't even feel it. It's really not that bad.)

What scares you most about labor and delivery?


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Blues... Blueshark77

Besides pain I'm most scared about turning into a blubbering baby. I like to think I'm tough, but I have no idea how I'm going to react while in labor. I'm also not fond of people seeing me naked or poking around my lady business so I hope I don't turn into a snarling megabeast any time they need to check my progress. I guess I'll find out in a few weeks!

mande... manderspanders

As a nurse, I can tell you that the doctors and nurses in L&D (or really any clinical setting) don't give a crap about bodily fluids, bowel movements, farts, etc.  Any nurse with any clinical experience has certainly seen their fair share of about anything you can think of.  No one is judging you.  It's part of the job.

But frankly, I do think that having an episiotomy SHOULD scare you!  If there is going to be a tear, I'd rather tear naturally than have an episiotomy turn into a 4th degree tear. Which it is well documented and researched that episiotomies have more complications, do not heal more easily, and are highly suspectible to infection (especially if it is 3rd or 4th degree)...it is not evidence based practice to perform them.  They are also often done in conjunction with forceps or vacuum-extraction delivery.  God help the ob doc that comes at my vagina with a scalpel and a vacuum extractor... that just ain't happening.

Mason... MasonsMom503

I got to the last stage and pushed for two hours and couldn't figure out why the doctor wasn't ready to catch my baby! Turned out they were prepping the OR for my c-section. They come out one way or another ;)

Boobo... Boobookittt74

I'm done having kids but my two biggest fears used to be 1)not making it in time to the hospital and delivering in the car and 2) to hear (like in the movies) "ur already 10cm no time for an epidural u have to push". And what happens with my last daughter but number 2! If I coulda held her in and NOT pushed I would have and believe me I was one pissed off patient

nonmember avatar jeannie smith

With my first, I was scared my water would break while at work (it didn't). I was also scared they would tell me it was too late for the epidural.
I should have been afraid the baby would be born at home - it almost happened! 10 minutes after we got there it was time to push.
Now I know to go to the hospital with the first contraction next time.

craft... craftycatVT

I would have loved for my labor to have gone too fast for an epidural! Mine took 30 hours and I refused the epidural because I knew it would slow things down even more. I also shared my fear with a nurse about doing #2 while I was pushing and she said, "don't worry about it. At least then we'll know you're pushing the right way."

NewMo... NewMomma.S

This type of article is exactly why women are afraid of birth. It's a natural thing we've been doing for thousands of years, yet all of a sudden we've become chickens about it. My first daughters was long and hard and complicated but I refuse to let that come into play for my next birth in a few months. What scares me most? Having to go to the hospital and deal with turning down all the unnecessary interventions, vaccines, antibiotics and "friendly advice" from nurses who mean well but really just see trauma all day long.

nonmember avatar jojo

What about the fear of having your pelvic bone fracture. That has happened.

BeckyP. BeckyP.

I had three of those with my delivery. One included "bodily fluids", my epidural did not work right and I felt all of my contractions (4 hours of pushing, mind you) on one side and I had third degree tearing. All worth it. :)

tuffy... tuffymama

Tearing terrified me the first time around, but I ended up having a caesarean and was butchered, treated like shit, nearly killed, and left with a gaping home in my incision that stayed infected for four i the and nearly killed me with blood poisoning. Be afraid of malpractice by a stupid doctor, and do what you can to avoid that crap.

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