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We live in a world where information about babies and motherhood is everywhere... Not to mention the 1001 questions. When are you due? Do you co-sleep? When is the best time to have kids? And gosh, are you really feeding your baby that? We have all heard it before.
There is always the advice from your Doctor, your local mother’s group, your mother, Sally at school pickup and don’t forget the in-laws! We read every pregnancy self help book, attend all the free pre-natal classes and pick up every free pamphlet in sight but can’t anyone really prepare you for childbirth? Some things they forget to tell us, neglect to share or better yet, are those pre-birth thoughts really better off unknown?
We spoke with some amazing mummies from our One Fine Baby community and asked them to share their thoughts on what surprised them most about their birth experience.
Breast feeding can be hard, I mean really hard. Even if you have done it before. This doesn’t mean it will be difficult for everyone. You might just find wandering thoughts if you will get through that midnight feed with any nipple left.
Did we really just go there? You will probably poop yourself during birth, it’s pretty much guaranteed. Don’t freak out though, it's totally normal!
This is totally different for each birth experience, but you will soon learn to let go of scary thoughts that come with strangers looking between your legs.
Photography: Tash Whitty Photography
Remind yourself that with each contraction you are one step closer to meeting your new baby.
You may have to re-train your bladder to pee again, don’t dare sneeze in public .. you might just pee yourself. It’s okay don’t stress, you can regain that strength after birth by practicing regular pelvic floor exercises!
You’re fearless brave hubby, may just pass out during your labour and end up in the emergency department.
You will most likely not be going home in your own underwear. You will begin to find comfort in those big daunting adult nappies and you probably won’t mind either. You will soon learn that comfort comes first over fashion!
Lastly remind yourself that the female body is made for this, have trust in yourself and your body, we truly are amazing. Before you know it the greatest experience of child birth will be over and you’ll be to damn tired to remember a thing! You’ve got this Mama!
Now listen to real and raw insights from the One Fine Baby, who share what surprised them most about their birth experience...
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