If you're going through your first pregnancy, chances are you've heard your fair share of pregnancy and labor related myths (like the idea that having a basketball-sized bump means you're carrying a boy.) The myths don't stop with pregnancy, either. There are plenty of old wives tales about pushing and other parts of labor that have been making the rounds for years.
Although pushing is the part of labor that most mothers look forward to — because it means the end of pregnancy (and the arrival of your little baby) is in sight — there are a few common misconceptions about the deed that deserve to be cleared up. Pushing isn't easy, in fact, it's a literal workout, and it's an extremely important stage of your labor, but it's oftentimes overlooked as pregnant moms research and build their labor plans.
More than likely, you'll be more focused on researching how to get through your contractions when you're in labor than learning about the truths (and non-truths) of pushing. But with these myths out of the way, you'll have a better picture in your mind about what pushing actually looks like, giving you an extra boost of clarity and confidence as your big day approaches.