There are so many things that nobody tells you about when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. I knew about the joys felt when you can feel that first flutter, and how my heart would be so full when I heard baby’s heartbeat for the first time or saw baby’s first ultrasound.
Nothing anyone could have said would have ever prepared me for what was to come. Sure, I read dozens of books on what to expect when pregnant and what to expect after baby was born. I read lots of online articles and checked out mommy sites and networks. Still, nothing seemed to prepare me for the adventure that awaited me.
Every mom’s pregnancy story is different
I didn’t have a textbook pregnancy or childbirth. I was put on bed rest for an “incompetent cervix” at 21 weeks gestation. The pressure from even sitting was too much pressure for my cervix that the baby could have been born any day. Apparently, my cervix was effaced very early, to the point where it was paper thin. To be honest, I had no idea what that really meant.
Nobody told me about how horrible bed rest could be and how my emotions would be so erratic. One minute everything was so blissful, and the very next moment I would be fearful of what would happen to our baby if she was born prematurely.
And, she was born prematurely. She decided to deliver herself at 28 weeks gestation. I’m not kidding. She actually delivered herself without any doctors in the triage unit.
In those early days of bed rest and then the long days in the NICU that followed Little One’s birth, I was connected to moms around me and online who I drew support from. Friends and family, and people I met online all helped me through those scary first days, weeks, and months with Little One being in the NICU.
Every woman’s pregnancy and birth stories are so interesting and so unique. I’m glad I had an online mom community to draw from when it came to tips on everything from breastfeeding, getting baby to sleep, etc.
It was great having other moms to chat with and I found fellow moms to be open and honest…and really funny! I attributed most of the funny part to us all being zombie moms. Nobody told me about Momnesia! That’s something I discovered on my own!
When I say moms are open and honest, I suppose it has to do with after having a baby and having doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas (and in my case, the high risk pregnancy team) all check out your lady bits. All modesty can go out the window! There’s definitely no shame in sharing what goes on down there! There’s nothing people haven’t seen or heard after that!
The not so pretty side of pregnancy and childbirth
As much as I loved being pregnant, pregnancy and childbirth are not all just roses and sunshine. A few of my friends mentioned that they suffered from everything from heartburn to hemorrhoids. I was surprised to hear that they experienced hemorrhoids either during pregnancy or after. Thankfully I had never experienced it since fellow moms have told me how painful hemorrhoids can be.
I wish I had known back then what I know now. Through social media, I have learned about an amazing product to help moms who deal with hemorrhoids during or after pregnancy.
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Disclosure – This is a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.