Birth is one of those few experiences that is both uniquely personal and radically universal. There is really nothing at all that can be 100 percent expected during birth, except that nothing will go as expected. That said, and because I've birthed some babies in my time, I feel confident stating there are some things that'll definitely happen the first time you give birth.
Before anyone gets offended that I could possibly presume to know what will go on for all people everywhere during labor and delivery, please note that I absolutely agree that everyone's experience is unique. Hell, my three birth experiences were completely different from one another. I have no doubt that all three were different from everyone else's labors and deliveries, too. However, there are some fun parallels to draw about first birth experiences that moms can find themselves relating to. Whether you're happily awaiting your first kid, or wistfully remembering your first birth experience from decades ago, there's something comforting knowing there have been millions of birth-makers before, and will be millions of birth-makers after. At least it's comforting to me.
If connection doesn't inspire you, that's totally OK. However, if you're into connection like I am, read on, because these are experiences that connect all first-time birth parents everywhere.