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February 7th, 2013, 10:02 AM
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First time moms is there something you wish you knew about pregnancy before becoming pregnant?
BTDT moms what is something that people told you about pregnancy that did NOT ring true, what is something that did turn out to be true?
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February 7th, 2013, 10:09 AM
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My mom said to me that my labors would be quick like hers cause of genetics. What kind of labor your mom or sister or aunt or grandmother may have had.....has NOTHING to do with how fast or slow your labor will go. That was a huge letdown for me after 24 hours of labor.

And everything I was told didnt ring true for me except what I read in books.
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February 7th, 2013, 10:18 AM
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The labor thing runs true for me. My mom had me her first in a little less than 2 hours my sister was born in 45 minutes. David was a partial induction and I had him in 12 hours but Katelynn was 4 hours start to baby with the intense cant do it part lasting 30 minutes. Everett was about 45 minutes from labor to baby. Im scared for this one.

Everyone told me that I would have easy pregnancies because everyone is my families pregnancies were easy but I was sick almost the whole time with David and Katelynn. Everett's pregnancy was much easier and so is this one. Although I was sick until about 16 weeks that is much better than the whole pregnancy.
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February 7th, 2013, 01:22 PM
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I was clueless about pregnancy the first go round and wish someone had talked to me more about post partum bleeding and what to expect including possible colors etc. I know it sounds gross but I'm just thankful I had a c-section and most of it was cleaned out that way so I didn't have much to deal with but I have some girlfriends with some horror stories.
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February 7th, 2013, 05:06 PM
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My mom told me that labor was no big deal without drugs. Had I actually been prepared with coping mechanisms the first time, that might have helped. Unfortunately I had no idea and freaked at the first contraction. Once I educated myself my med-free labor with #2 was a breeze.

No one told me about the bleeding post partum. I found out from my sister exactly how long it could last after I was already pregnant.
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February 7th, 2013, 05:21 PM
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Ugh...post partum bleeding is definitely something that nobody talks about, but everybody should be warned about!
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February 8th, 2013, 06:54 AM
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I was told 1st labors typically take longer (which is true I guess) and that I'd know for sure I was in active labor. Well I was having contractions most of the day at home but was thinking "this is probably false labor cuz 'I'll know' when it's real". Went to the hospital thinking for sure they'd send us home, but was checked and the nurse said "girlfriend, you are at 5cm!!" I said "shut. UP!!" Calvin was born less than 3hrs later.

What rang true was the fact that I didn't care about people (especially one of the male nurses) checking out my hooha. And I thought my husband would never want to look as I was pushing, but he didn't waste any time getting a front seat and coached like a champ. So I guess what people said about husbands surprising you in the delivery room rang true for me.
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February 8th, 2013, 07:33 AM
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BTDT moms what is something that people told you about pregnancy that did NOT ring true, what is something that did turn out to be true?
Something not true- all them stupid things people say, like "don't lift your arms over your head or you will knot baby's cord" or "don't carry anything heavier than a toddler or you'll hurt the baby" or "don't eat strawberries or your baby will have birthmarks". Also not true- that labor is the worst and most painful thing a person can go through. I'm sure for some women it can be, but for me the positives of the experience far outweigh the pain and I actually look forward to labor and birth.

Something true- your life will change drastically and immeasurably for the better when you add a child to your family. Also true- the cramping/afterpains are worse and last longer after each birth. I never want drugs while in labor, but I sure wish somebody could knock me out for the day or two afterwards!
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February 8th, 2013, 08:47 AM
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YES the after pains omg!
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February 8th, 2013, 08:52 AM
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YES the after pains omg!
I second that. Forget the fact that I had 14-16 stitches, that didn't come close to the after pains. I remember waking up in the middle of the night and waddling with DD to the nurses station BEGGING for medication. They gave me Tylenol and Advil I could have used a shot of morphine haha
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