Yesterday, my neighbour (whom I go for a walk with every morning and has a 6 month old darling son) and I were talking about our newest favourite subjects: motherhood, pregnancy and labour/delivery. Since we rarely travel more than a km from home, what else is there to chat about? Anyways, we got to talking about all the things that come with motherhood that our mothers, and friends who are mothers never told us about. Being a good little blogger I’ve decided to share some of these secrets with the blogging world:
During pregnancy I didn’t know that:
- I wouldn’t be able to see my pubes – I knew that I wouldn’t be able to see my feet, but no one told me that for the last 4 months of pregnancy I wouldn’t be able to see my pubes.
- My boobs would touch my tummy – I knew my tummy would grow, and I knew that my boobs might grow, but no one told me that they would each grow until the met each other.
During labour/delivery I didn’t know that:
- I shouldn’t eat anything while in labour – I ate an apple on my way to the hospital ’cause I hadn’t had dinner yet and I was VERY hungry. The apple came back out all over me 2 hours later – no one told me that would happen.
- Once your water breaks you’re going to have a baby. Seriously, I thought that because I was 4 weeks away from being due, and my contractions hadn’t started that it would still be a few weeks until I had the baby. The hospital laughed at me when I called and asked them what I should do – they said: “Honey, you’re having a baby – get in here!”.
- When your water breaks the water keeps on coming and coming and coming – yep, no one told me that either, our SUV will never be the same…
- Cramps – cramps, cramps and more cramps – no one told me that I would have bad cramps AFTER having the baby. Everytime I fed Sierra I was doubled over in pain. I asked the nurse how long they would last, and she said that it takes 6 weeks for my uterus to get back down to normal size – as soon as I got home from the hospital I bought a jumbo pack of ADVIL – needless to say the bottle is now empty.
- One word: Lochia. I had no idea that 9 months of no period bliss would be followed by the longest period of my life. Sierra wasn’t the only one with diaper rash this summer…
- Episiotomy Care – no one told me that it would be that itchy, or how to deal with the itch. At a lactation appointment, I asked the LC how long I needed my squirt bottle and what I should do for the itchiness. She handed me some sample “Tucks“.
Yep – pregnancy and motherhood are fun – fun, fun, fun – I’m sure there are a thousand other details that our mothers for got to share with us…