10 HONEST TRUTHS ABOUT GIVING BIRTH




My previous post 10 Honest Truths About Pregnancy (read it here) went down suprisingly well; I guess people like honesty and I am pretty brutally honest. So; heres another brutally honest review of birth! A little background; I was absolutely terrified of giving birth (think jumping out of a plane terrified, times it by 10,000, and your almost there, not kidding) and wanted to calm myself as much as possible so I tried hypnobirthing. Sorry for all those who used hypnobirthing and it worked, but for me, IT, DID, NOT, WORK!!! I tried, I tried so so hard to enjoy the process and let me tell you I was super excited to meet our baby girl and at 41 weeks pregnant I was just damn right done with being pregnant; but alas I had a meltdown!! BUT, I got Elara out of it so I would 100% do it again.

1. It fucking hurts!! Like body ripping open can't escape it fucking pain. Honestly I do believe that some women don't feel pain in labour but my contractions were HELL! I had an epidural :)

2. You lose all sense of shyness, completely, you will probably have a few 'checks' and your legs will be open ALOT. When Elara entered the world my legs were strapped into stirrups and there were around 15 people in the room, how wonderful. And if you plan on breastfeeding you will have a lot of nipple touching, not the good kind though sadly. 

3. It is the single most incredible moment of my entire life! Even though I had a pretty traumatic labour and birth it was incredible as we got our beautiful baby girl. Going into theatre as a couple and coming out as a little family was just the absolute best. Honestly I am crying AGAIN!

4. Epidurals are incredible! I am a needle phobe, not clever enough to know the correct term soz, and I still had a needle into my spine to stop the pain of contractions. I was in labour for  3 days :|

5. Pushing is fun. Obviously I couldn't feel the pain as I had an epidural in and couldn't feel below my belly button; but I really enjoyed the sensation, kinda like a big poop. I had to have forceps in theatre (with the possibility of an emergency c-section) as the monitor to read Elaras vitals stopped working and the doodad (some weird wire on Elaras head coming out of my vagina lol, also, not a technical term) on Elaras head also stopped working so they wanted her out asap.

6. You bleed a lot after having a baby. I don't know why, but I had never really heard of this. I feel like I knew nothing about actual birth or what followed birth when it came to MY body. I'd read lots about the baby and pregnancy but it seems like everyone skirts over the 'horrific' bits. But, you cannot comprehend the amount you bleed. It is the same to a period that a bird is to a plane. 

7. It can be absolutely nauseating. I felt sick the entire 3 days that I was in labour and for 2 days afterwards. I could barely eat anything, well I literally ate nothing while in labour for 3 days, but afterwards I could eat one piece of toast and then would have to stop. 

8. The aftermath makes you feel like you've been hit by a double decker bus, but it's weird as you're in this little love bubble and it doesn't bother you. It's only when people ask how your feeling and you think about it that you actually realise. I think a lot of pregnancy, birth and even motherhood is like this. There are bad bits but the good outweigh the bad and you just know that your child is just the best little thing ever.

9. The love is intense. You will cry. You will be overwhelmed. It is absolutely incredible seeing their little faces for the first time. Looking at every hair on their bodies, feeling their super soft skin and looking into their beautiful eyes. Every moment is incredibly precious. 

10. It will forever be your greatest achievement! Always! No matter how hard it is, how many scars you're left with, how tiring it is, you will always look back on that day as being one of your best. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it a little funny and interesting. I sincerely hope (if any pregnant ladies are reading this) that you have a wonderful birth and honestly it'll be worth it if it's hell anyway. If you've had a baby and can relate to any of these please let me know, I'd love to hear from you. Do you think there was anything I missed? I wanted to add a little truth to the whole birth process, from my point of view and really enjoy reading posts like this. The more honest the better. Hope you enjoyed :)

Katie x

15 comments

  1. Oh my goodness I'm so squeamish when it comes to anything medical and we're not planning a family yet but the idea of giving birth is so scary to me- maybe I'll just adopt haha

    Soph - https://sophhearts.com/ x

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    1. Honestly, when and if you decide to have children, although it's bloody hard it is worth it 100x over. I am super squeamish myself but you don't mind that side of things, its just the uncomfortableness and pain :( being a mummy is the best thing to have ever happened to me xx

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  2. I absolutely love this and every single one is so true and relatable... Love how honest it is! Xx

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    1. Awww thanks so much for your comment lovely. I just never found anything like this when I was pregnant and it's the kind of thing I wanted and needed to read xx

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  3. This is completely different to my experience, I breastfed for the first few weeks and nobody touched my nipples! I also had an epidural and it only numbed my belly, I felt ALL the pushing and it was painful as heck!!

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    1. Really? so many nurses/health visitors/doctors touched my nipples trying to get the latch correct; no matter what we tried I was in pain so had to stop after 6 weeks. So glad I tried my best though. Oh wow, you poor thing. Epidurals are awesome (if they work) I do not understand the women that feel no pain lol xx

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  4. I loved reading this post - I don't think people talk much about giving birth considering it's such a big part of pregnancy and having your baby!
    I haven't had children yet myself but I'm a student midwife so I have helped women through their labour and postnatally, as well as catching their babies, and it is such an incredible experience seeing how strong women are!
    I loved your technical terms haha x

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    1. Haha my technical terms are the best ;) thanks lovely. That really means a lot. I think birth needs to be talked about more so women know what can happen, good or bad. xx

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  5. I love reading this post. I kinda welled up! I am still not sure at 33 if I want to have children or not, reading this has made me feel a little different, I can’t image the love you just feel after giving birth and that little person you created awwwwww xxxx

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    1. Awww thankyou so much lovely!! It is hands down the best feeling in the entire world. Giving birth is bizarre, you feel incredible and you know that your body is incredible. But also it hurts haha. Do what feels right lovely xx

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  6. Bloody hell, I'm scared to have a child but I feel like it will be the most amazing thing ever. I cannot wait to have kids one day, despite the pain it'll all be worth it!

    Katie | www.justkatiee.com XX

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    1. 1 million percent worth it. It's really really really bloody hard, but some women sail through pregnancy/birth with no issues. This was just my honest opinion. Every pregnancy and birth is different. Having a baby is incredible, still doesn't seem real :) xx

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  7. Women's bodies are incredible! I'd love to have children but the harsh realities of birth freak me out, but I know it's different (both good and bad) when you're the one giving birth! Great post, and good on you for being so honest x

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    1. Our bodies are literally insane, like I grew an entire tiny perfect human :O it's amazing. Utterly amazing! No need to panic lovely, it'll be worth it and it's kinda true that you forget how bad things were because right now I'll have another one in a heartbeat haha xx

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  8. I legit have an 'unknown' fear of giving birth.. I just cannot see myself doing it!? My pain threshold is like the lowest in the world, so I would be the worst person to give birth naturally haha! I enjoyed reading this because it's so honest and real :) xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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