11 Things Doctors Don't Tell Us About Pregnancy & Delivery -- but Really Should

I had two normal, relatively healthy pregnancies. And I had top-notch prenatal care. I liked my doctors and never missed an appointment. And yet I was still totally surprised when it came time to deliver the baby; who knew I'd end up throwing up, or that epidurals sometimes don't work? Talk about unpleasant lessons to learn in the midst of trying to push out a nine-pound person. Suffice it to say, it did not make me feel more confident in my medical care. 

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I get that there is a lot of ground to cover in the average doctor's appointment, but I have to say that the whole pregnancy / labor / delivery / postpartum period is also a TERRIBLE time for surprises. I was already freaking out over having a baby for the first time and what I really needed was to know exactly what was going to happen to me. Not only that, but having a "surprise" happen to me was really scary because I wasn't sure if it was normal or not! Should I panic? Should I go to the hospital? Not to get too down on my doctor, but there are some things she should have told me! 

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After talking to some other moms, I'm convinced that there are some things that our doctors are just not telling us. Consider this the list of all the things we really needed to know. 

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