When I found out I was pregnant, the first thing I did was research and read and ask questions about childbirth. I wanted to be as prepared as possible so I could at least walk into the labor and delivery room feeling confident, no matter what. And while mom friends and pregnancy books were helpful, it turns out that social media proved to be the most insightful when it came to childbirth. Every time Twitter got too real about childbirth, I learned something a book or a friend wasn't necessarily willing (or able) to divulge. Was it (sometimes) a little more information than I was prepared to handle? Um, yes. But, in the end, was it helpful? You bet. If anyone is going to give it to you straight when it comes to pushing (or cutting) a human being out of your body, it's Twitter users.
Relative strangers were sharing what they wish they'd known before having a baby, what it was like as they were delivering their baby, and what they would do differently next time around (if there would, in fact, be a next time). It was so informative and wonderfully hilarious and sometimes a little too real but hey, I'm a parent now; ain't nobody got time for candy-coated fiction or heavy-handed words.
So, if you're preparing to meet your bundle of joy and are looking to be as prepared as humanly possible, here are 15 times Twitter got too real about childbirth. Because, well, the devil you know beats the devil you don't.