Things you only learned about pregnancy and birth once you were committed

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BestZebbie Tue 26-Jul-16 23:18:15

Inspired by the thread about giving women more information about natural birth.... What happened to you/ your friends during pregnancy and birth that came as a total surprise?
I'll start with:
Temporary deafness in late pregnancy (probably fluid related, like swollen ankles)
Arthritis post-pregnancy, apparently triggered by it
Pains when the placenta implanted (meaning that I thought it was all going wrong)

Popskipiekin Tue 26-Jul-16 23:21:00

I had carpal tunnel in both wrists during and post pregnancy - so bad I thought I would drop the baby as my wrists would just give way, had to have an operation on the worst wrist. Fx it doesn't happen again with current pregnancy!

blueistheonlycolourwefeel Tue 26-Jul-16 23:24:12

Labour hurts more than you could ever imagine even with an epidural

NotYoda Tue 26-Jul-16 23:24:17

The stomach not going back to normal anything like as quickly as I expected.

Blocked nose while pregnant

Waters not breaking naturally - this always happens on TV/films

DailyMailResearcher Tue 26-Jul-16 23:30:05

Nosebleeds like a running tap with no prior warning in first pregnancy. Never had one before or since confused

Fluffythepantfireslayer Tue 26-Jul-16 23:30:30

Going from 3cm to 1cm after a sweep. Ffs

SayHelloToYourNewLUHuvahh Tue 26-Jul-16 23:30:51

You bleed for weeks afterwards. It doesn't all just come out at the same time.

Carpal tunnel

QueenofLouisiana Tue 26-Jul-16 23:31:18

Unborn babies don't read birth plans- therefore don't know what's expected of them. grin

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Tue 26-Jul-16 23:32:17

That as well as 'morning' sickness, there's also 'morning' diahorrea.

OvariesBeforeBrovaries Tue 26-Jul-16 23:32:56

The headache of pre-eclampsia is awful. Ditto the swelling; I've never not recognised my own body before but it was absolutely bizarre.

That not everyone poos during labour. I was so worried about pooing, I held one in for an hour. Turned out I was 10cm dilated and had been holding in DD's head (that was so bloody uncomfortable and painful!)

Having waters broken was nowhere near as invasive/painful as expected. Literally just crochet hook in your hooha followed by a flood of Biblical proportions.

Morning sickness is all-day-and-all-night sickness.

Eminado Tue 26-Jul-16 23:34:12

Pelvic pain. Completely unacceptable levels of pain that you are just meant to cope with for months on end.

Pregnancy insomnia.

Amt of vaginal discharge esp in trimester 3 blush

Did i mention pelvic pain sad

sweetkitty Tue 26-Jul-16 23:38:57

I'm with the poster re the pelvic pain not being able to walk for months on end

Irontheshirts Tue 26-Jul-16 23:43:17

That DH was Over 10 pounds at birth and his brother nearly 11 😨

Stylingwax Tue 26-Jul-16 23:45:23

That afterwards, even if you don't have weight to lose due to joyous pregnancy sickness, you will not be the same shape for EVER!

StillMedusa Tue 26-Jul-16 23:50:34

Poo-ing during labour. Even with early labour diarrhoea, I just know I shit myself at some point each time.

And no matter how slim I am now, I have a band of saggy stretch marks forever...

ItchyFoot Tue 26-Jul-16 23:57:15

That milk actually shoots out of your nipples. I hit the wall in Costa Coffee with breastmilk while trying to latch dd!
Also the bloody night sweats. Slightly bad third trimester, niagra falls from every pore post labour!

boilingkettle Tue 26-Jul-16 23:57:45

God, the bleeding! I remember walking to the en-suite bathroom in the delivery room after having DD2 and looking back to see a trail of blood with my own footprints in it. It looked like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre...
Also that I could moo like a cow during labour, and that so many medical folk would be elbow-deep up my fanjo trying to break waters, or put a clip on the baby's head, or check to see if I'd torn 'right the way through'!!!
That the tea and toast they bring you after is really the food of the gods.

DropYourSword Tue 26-Jul-16 23:58:51

I second the pelvic and back pain. Was 6 weeks postnatal before it stopped feeling like my body would literally collapse in a pile.

The amount I had to pee for the first few days postnatal. Epic huge amounts!

How much guilt you feel about everything.

How bone crushingly tired I would be.

How much I would struggle and fail at breastfeeding.

How tender the stitches can be for the first week. I couldn't decide which was more painful, being driven into hospital in labour or being driven home the next day with stitches!

How much more in love I fell with my partner.

BestZebbie Wed 27-Jul-16 00:03:08

I forgot - I didn't know about hospital grade electric breast pumps, having only encountered the single cup hand operated ones at NCT (so that you could tap off a quick bottle for your husband to give your instinctively breastfed baby if you felt you needed to pop out to a lentil-weaving class shortly after the birth).
This meant I was quite freaked out by the rhythmic sounds from the next bed in the postnatal ward and was feverishly imagining a newborn baby in some kind of wheezing iron lung and wondering why it wasn't being looked after more intensively in a special ward.

VforVienetta Wed 27-Jul-16 00:16:14

That your waters breaking doesn't necessarily mean you're in labour... I had no idea.
My community MW informed me my waters would 'top themselves up' and if nothing continued to happen I could go home, luckily contractions started after two days in hospital.

That you can have a premature baby for no apparent reason (see above).

Pelvic pain in pregnancy.

thecraftyfox Wed 27-Jul-16 00:20:26

The sickening pain of pgp/spd when you try to go upstairs.
How after avoiding even paracetamol for 9 months you can have the really good drugs when trying to push a baby out of your fanjo
That although stitches hurt, they hurt even more if they're infected and it's not a sign of weakness to ask somebody to check them
That the best way to wee after an epidural wears off is to put your hand under the running cold tap and wooosh off you go. Especially if you've gained 10kg in fluid retention

HamAlive Wed 27-Jul-16 00:21:10

Furry belly.

timegate Wed 27-Jul-16 01:00:07

Horrible feel like dying morning sickness
Asthma during pregnancy
Complete and utter exhaustion after birth
Vagina completely ruined
Sleep deprivation was a complete killer
Motherhood was exhausting

weekendninja Wed 27-Jul-16 01:28:29

I had far too much saliva. I dribbled from the corner of my mouth if I wasn't careful.

During my first birth (I think when DS was crowning) I almost had an orgasm. I told no one because it seemed far too bizarre. It was only after talking to a friend, who is a earth-mother type doula, I found out that it does actually happen to some blush

I also had this strange type of rash on the back of both hands during each pregnancy. It looked like burst blood vessels. I have no idea what that was about either.

Apart from those unusual things I loved being pregnant and giving birth.

MrsJoeyMaynard Wed 27-Jul-16 01:54:28

Afterpains. The ones with DS1 weren't so bad, but after DS2..... proper contraction like pain there. It completely took me by surprise.

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