When babies are born on TV, childbirth seems like such a neat and tidy process. When your water breaks it looks like a magical waterfall, and labor involves very little blood. Yeah, I'm sorry to say that the real deal is nothing like what you've seen on television. Childbirth is gross. I'm not uniquely #blessed by a disgusting labor and delivery experience, either. That's why I asked other moms to share the most disgusting part of labor and delivery for them, too. I mean, why should I have all the foul smelling, viscous fluids, poop-filled fun?
Every single person I talked to had a gross childbirth experience. Every. Single. One. And when you think about it, I don't know why anyone would expect it to go differently. There's just no way an experience that involves either pushing a baby out of your vagina or having it cut out via an invasive abdominal surgery would be anything other than ghastly.
But if this experience is nearly universal, why is it so surprising? I think it's at least partly because we, as a culture, don't we talk about it. It's just another way we romanticize childbirth and set the bar unrealistically high for women and other people who give birth. Not only do you have to birth that baby, you also have to look great while doing it. So yeah, if you are pregnant you should know that childbirth is gross. It involves all sorts of bodily fluids, and some solids, too. Talking about it doesn't make it any less of a miracle or badass experience, and these moms admitting that it's messy, smelly, wet, and disgusting is a good place to start moving past the stigma.