When I was pregnant, it seemed like every horrific tale of childbirth was shared with me (without my asking, mind you). Stories of what could go wrong and all the ways my baby could suffer seemed to flood my brain. All this information had me in such an anxious state that I brought it up to my obstetrician at my 30 week appointment. She assured me that safe and healthy births happened way more often than traumatic ones, but also covered some labor and delivery red flags with me so I could sleep better at night.
My doctor also encouraged me to focus on all the things that could go right, and how to prepare my body for a trouble-free delivery. This was an effective tool, but if I'm being honest, I think it's next to impossible for any mother — especially first timers — to not have some lingering fears and concerns about giving birth. But it is empowering to have the knowledge of what's happening when you see the doctor and nurse give each other that look while you're pushing. Understanding these 10 possible risks during labor and delivery will give you a working knowledge of potential issues and the outcomes.