The Most Unpleasant Aspects of Labor
Most moms think giving birth is the worst part about going into labor but for me, it was other things. Can you believe that it's not the actual birthing of your baby that's the worst part? There are a lot of different things that happen when you are in labor.
I never knew what to expect since it was my first child. So I'll go over some of the worst parts you go through when you're in labor. Let me just share my experience before I get into what I hated most...
I went into labor in the middle of the night at about 12 or 1 am. My water broke and I had a small amount of blood. The contractions were also coming in. I was admitted to the hospital and in labor for 32 hours total from start to finish. I chose to do a natural birth because I wanted to experience the entire birthing process. So yes, I felt every single thing. My hips expanding, my baby moving into the canal and coming out.
Let's get into what I absolutely hated about labor. I haven't heard moms really talk about this so I'm wondering if any of them can relate.
The worst part about labor (in my opinion):
Getting your cervix checked manually
I absolutely hated this! This was by far the worst part about going into labor for me. For whatever reason, it felt extremely uncomfortable for me.
Also, when you're in labor you're dealing with so many emotions and physical changes to your body that the last thing you want is your cervix to be touched. The reason your cervix gets checked manually is to see how much you dilated. In order to be ready to push your baby out, you have to be dilated to 10cm.
I dreaded every time the nurses had to check my dilation progress. And it felt like the nurses checked me 20 times. It got so uneasy and uncomfortable to me that I would literally cry because I didn't want to be checked. But, I had no choice since the nurses had to see if I was at 10cm so I could start pushing.
I'm hoping someone comes up with a technology that can check your cervix so you don't have to do it manually. It was seriously that bad to me.
Maybe other moms would disagree and that's fine but it was the worst part for me.
The heart monitor
Another annoyance during labor is having a monitor attached to your belly to keep track of your baby's heartbeat to make sure everything is going well.
Luckily, I opted into having a monitor I could walk around with. The second option was a monitor attached to a pole and you have to wheel it around with you wherever you went. Such an inconvenience.
According to the nurses, they have a limited supply of mobile monitors so I'm glad I was able to get my hands on one. It also felt itchy and would fall out a lot of the time. I didn't like it at all.
I think this one is also one of the worst parts of labor. You're up for a long time and still have to find the energy to push your baby out.
Some moms will say they were able to sleep for a little while before it was time to push but that wasn't the case for me.
Again, I was in labor for 32 hours! So I didn't sleep at all. I was dealing with my contractions the whole time.
To be honest, I even lost track of what day it was. Everything started to feel like a blur. I think this is just something that happens when your body doesn't get any rest.
Then, once your baby is out, you're still not able to sleep! The nurses move you to another room and you're bombarded by questions, check-ups, paperwork, etc. It was extremely frustrating since all you want to do is get some rest and maybe something to eat.
Honestly, I never knew about any of these things that happened during and after labor. I went into the whole thing completely clueless as to what to expect. Sometimes it's better to not know instead of being informed which can put a lot of stress and worry on you.
These are the top 3 worst parts about going into labor. At least I considered these the worst based on my experience. I'm sure other moms may think other parts were worse.
What did you experience during your labor? Did you have any of these annoyances (as I like to call them)?
Comment below and let me know what bothered you the most about the labor process!