I thought I knew everything and anything there was to know about having babies. And then, of course, I had one. It didn't take long for me to realize that when it came to childbirth, I was in over my head. Everything in that labor and delivery room moved so quickly, though, so there were so many . questions I should've asked my OB-GYN before my epidural that went entirely unanswered.
I knew the basics of an epidural, to be sure. I mean, I had a general idea that a needle was going to go into my back and then I'd go numb from the waist down and I wouldn't feel those horrific contractions anymore. But there were key parts of what ended up being a necessary conversation with my OB-GYN about the entire labor and delivery process that were either lost in translation or left out entirely.
For example, after I was induced I had no idea I would have to wait to get the epidural. And not for just a little while, but for what felt like forever. In fact, I went through a large part of my labor sans pain medication, so I felt in the dark and unsure of what was going to happen when. So you better believe that in the thick of labor I wish I had asked my OB-GYN the following questions, way before "the big day."