What do you wish you’d known about pregnancy and birth? From budgeting for baby to the labour itself, our young parents share their insights and told us what I wish I knew about pregnancy and birth for each of them.
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‘I mean like the mucus plug. Things like that, I didn’t know anything about that…’
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I think there were quite a lot of things I didn’t know about pregnancy. One, I didn’t think I knew about how much the baby moved inside of you. Two, I didn’t know that after you give birth your milk that you um, when you breastfeed, a lot of your milk comes out, I don’t think I learnt about that.
I just didn’t know the changes in your body that you experience. I mean like the mucus plug. Things like that, I didn’t know anything about that.
Induction. The doctor said they needed to induce me for reasons which I did not need to be induced for. When I talk about it now, it stuns professionals and midwives that they induced my labour. The induction caused so many problems with my pregnancy and breastfeeding journey afterwards.
My pregnancy was unexpected so I had some savings but I could have had more saved up than I did. Also a tip, have a budget. There are many things that the market would advise you to buy for the baby but most of them they are not useful, so just buy what you need.
I did not know I would get that many stretch marks, but when you think about it you gave birth to a baby, your baby. At the end of the day I would do it again because the stretch marks are part of me I cannot take them off they are like a tattoo, they are part of me and I embrace them.
There were a lot of things I didn’t know about labour that I wish I knew cause I was induced. I knew nothing about that. But the process, I think I had the worst because nothing worked. So I went through all the process and then I had to have a C-section. So, I wish someone had told me a bit more about that because I think a lot more like natural birth.
After about two hours of the epidural the staff took me down for the C-section but when they mentioned going into recovery, because I went into recovery after. That was the worst experience of my life. Because I went from being really hot and sweating, to the next minute where I was freezing. And then you have to eat before you go back down and I couldn’t, like I had a few bites then I threw up everywhere, and I didn’t really know that was a part of labour either. You know recovery sort of either way but recovery out of a C-section, I knew nothing about, which I kind of wish I did to prepare yourself.
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