Secrets They Keep From First-Time Moms


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From around CafeMom, a list of things your doctor will never tell you about being pregnant. New mamas feel free to add to the list in comments!

-- How disgusting it feels to sit down and have your stomach partially resting on your thigh ... gross!

-- That for the one time in my life that I don't need tampons, I'm going through panty liners like they are going out of style.

-- That, no matter what ANYONE says, labor and delivery is the most painful experience you will ever have. But you won't be able to remember that pain, nor describe it, within hours after giving birth.

-- That I would grow hair on my belly.

-- How many times people ask you if you're having twins.

-- That after hearing "How far along are you?" after 100 times you just want to say "I'm not pregnant."

-- That you get really thirsty during delivery but you cannot drink water, only ice cubes!

-- That once you go into labor, you can't have anything to eat!

-- That you'll fart. NONSTOP. And not ladylike cute farts that can be laughed off with a giggle or a blush.

-- How you can be pissed off at everyone for absolutely no reason at all. And then be so pissed off at everyone that you get so sad and cry for no reason!

-- That 1 month after having my baby, I just wanted to be pregnant again.

-- That it doesn't matter how many showers you take or how many panty liners you use, if you aren't walking around commando to air the area out you'll start to smell. You'll even consider the use of a hair dryer.

-- That I would repeatedly pee myself.

-- That even though you are pregnant, the weight you gain feels like it really has nothing to do with a baby growing inside of you.

-- That sleep would end months BEFORE the baby got here!

-- That 4 weeks between doctors' visits can seem like forever.

-- That you CAN NOT eat everything you want. It leads to heartburn, nausea, and weight gain that is too rapid.

-- That you will most likely poop on the delivery table! (and vomit is a possibility too).

-- How you never had such a hard time shaving your cooter before and now you kinda have to guess at where it's going.

-- That your nipples would soon resemble those that you always gasped and laughed at on the cover of National Geographic when you were younger.

-- How much I was going to miss having my baby in my tummy after he was born!

What do you wish your doctor had told you about your first pregnancy?

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Shamr... Shamrock90

That once you pop the baby out you will have a newfound sense of worrying about EVERYTHING

Borikaos Borikaos

I would say that they don't tell you about the repeated " How are you and the baby doing?" 20 zillion times a day. the " oh you are HUGE" comments. The unwanted detailed labor stories by people you barely know! LOL on  the comments they are so TRUE!!

macks... macks_mommy

one thing nobody told me was that when you have an appointment on your due date and the baby is in the perfect position for delivery that it is still possible for them to move and be in the wrong position. my daughter decided at the last minute that she was gonna move and she put her head in my hip socket forcing me to have a csection to get her out. also they never warned me that my body would not let me sleep after my water broke even though i couldn't feel any contractions and that when it finally came time to push and being up for a little more than 36 hours would cause for me to pass out between contractions and would have to be shook to wake up and push again.

macks... macks_mommy

oh and also to add to the being bugged to poop after a csection that the fart and poop that eventually comes would feel worse than being in labor. i swear i thought i was secretly harboring another baby inside me trying to get out when i felt that pain.

3rdty... 3rdtymsthecharm

my dr. never told me NOT to look at my self naked in a mirror right after birth.  AHHHHHH!!!!.

MeNMy... MeNMy2Kids

hemorrhoids and constipation are common as well is diarrhea

your nipples will become the size of half dollars and STAY that way

Jaspe... Jaspenelle

This list is funny but I ate and drank throughout my labor, and peeing on a small tear afterwards was the only time during the whole thing I needed to scream lol! I was even making spaghetti and rice crispie treats while in labor (early, obviously not transition!)

Forgot to tell me ever second person who have to horricfic birthing or miscarriage story that HAD to share with me.

Pregn... PregnantAlice

Well, my pregnancy was not planned, so i didn't know all that... I rushed to get all the information about pregnancy i needed. At first i was not sure i would manage, but  it worked out.  Now i'm enjoying being pregnant! I definitely want more kids in the future!



AShle... AShleyvpimpin

nobody told me not to let an amatuer nurse who looked like she was 14 administer drugs cuz she double dosed me with demerol and when the head nurse checked she got all on her butt about not checking cuz if she had she would have realized i was too far along for demerol and needed an epidural, which I got in about 10 minutes after the demerol those combined with 3 ambien's ( i was only supposed to have 2) had me so messed up i don't remember anything from my labor at all or much of anything else until 3 that after noon (my son was born at 9 a.m.)

celti... celticreverie

Gah, there are many things I wished I had known about pregnancy and birth with my first baby!

1. you don't need to give birth in a hospital to have a healthy baby, statistically it's safer out of hospital.

2. A big baby is not a sign that an induction is needed

3. That your vagina could swell to the size of a water balloon, and then be back to normal in a 1 hour time period

4. That morning sickness is NOT just for the mornings.

5. That patient bill of right gives the patient the right to refuse any intervention, including IV's.


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