7 Things Your OB-GYN Desperately Wants You To Know About Labor & Delivery

Ad failed to load

As you get closer to your due date, you may start to think more about what giving birth will actually be like. After all, you've spent the last nine months waiting for this moment to come. And although you've probably heard some stories (scary, or otherwise) from friends, there are some things your OB-GYN desperately wants you to know about labor and delivery that you should take to hear. Yes, your friends' experieince are valid, but only an OB-GYN knows what should really matter when you're bringing a new life into the world.

Though your well-intentioned grandmother swears by some the old wives' tales about labor and delivery, she's probably not a scientifically sound source. You might be better off taking the advice of medical professionals whose entire job revolves around ensuring you and your baby make it through childbirth safely.

Your OB-GYN's experience can actually be reassuring if you take a minute to breathe. I know I was hesitant to trust my OB-GYN at first, but by the end of my pregnancy, I valued his input. So whether or not this is your first time at the rodeo (or delivery room), check out these things your OB-GYN desperately wants you to know about delivery and labor.

Ad failed to load

1You're Unique


"How other family members gave birth has nothing to do with what your experience will be like," OB-GYN and author Dr. Allison Hill tells Romper. "Just because your mother needed a cesarean, or your sister's birth was very long, doesn't mean that yours will follow suit." Basically, don't compare your labor or your delivery to anyone else's.

2Time It


"Timing your contractions helps you differentiate between false and early labor," OB-GYN Dr. Sherry Ross tells Romper. "Uterine contractions that have a pattern of every three to five minutes for two hours help you become more aware labor is starting." This way, you'll know the difference between false and real labor, saving yourself time and effort.

3Be Firm


At the end of the day, this is all about you and your baby. "Know who you want to be there at the final push," reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Jaime Knopman says. "Don’t be bullied by parents, your in-laws, or your friends — only people you want in the room should be there."

Ad failed to load

4Communicate With Your Medical Team


"Talk with your doctor about what to expect in labor and delivery, and if you have questions, please ask them," OB-GYN Dr. Brooke Schexnaildre tells Romper. "Don't like how something is going in the moment? Stop us and tell us." You should feel comfortable enough to voice your concerns, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they are.

5Move Around


"Many of the common medical interventions that are done in the hospital may not be necessary for women with low risk pregnancies," Hill says. "You may be able to labor while walking around or being in a shower or tub." If you've gotten the green light from your doctor, there's no reason you can't move around while laboring.

6Do Your Homework


"Pregnant women tend to be afraid of the unexpected, especially if it’s your first pregnancy" Ross says. "Knowing as much as possible before the big day, the better you can feel emotionally and physically." Ross suggests that you take a tour of the facility where you'll be delivering, go over your birth plan (if you have one), and make sure you and your OB-GYN are on the same page about how the big day is going to go.

Ad failed to load

7C-Sections Aren't Easy


"We aren't recommending a C-section to you just so we can get along with our day," Schexnaildre says. "When a vaginal delivery no longer seems like the safest route, that's when we start talking about delivery via C-section." In short, if your doctor is urging you to get a C-section, it's for the health and safety of you and your baby — not their convenience.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

6 Early Signs You're Going To Have A Short Labor, According To Experts

As far as I'm concerned, a short labor is right up there with winning the lottery in terms of lucky life events. (And when I was actually in labor, I would absolutely have traded a bucketful of lottery winnings for a speedier birth.) While some women…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Kids Will Love These TV Shows & Movies Coming To Netflix In March

You can always count on Netflix to keep it fresh: though there are already so many movies and shows to choose from, every month there's an influx of new content to keep your entire family entertained. As February enters its final weeks, it's time to …
By Megan Walsh

Here Are 10 Ways To Boost Your Baby's Immunity To The Flu

As I'm sure you've read in the thousands upon thousands of articles written about it this winter, the flu is spreading like wildfire and it's bad. Really bad. This strand of flu is the worst we've had in a very long time and it's the most widespread,…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Khloé Kardashian Asked Twitter About Her Bump, & Moms Totally Delivered

Like her younger sister Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian managed to keep most of her pregnancy a sort-of secret. But unlike Jenner, Kardashian chose to publicly announce her pregnancy several months before the baby's due date. While there's no wrong wa…
By Sophie Hirsh

21 Moms Share The Most Surprising Part About Having A C-Section

Honestly, I don't think we, as a culture, talk about C-sections nearly enough, especially considering so many mothers experience them. And because of a number of factors, the little we do talk about it always seems to be a familiar narrative: "It's n…
By Jamie Kenney

13 Yummy Instant Pot Recipes To Make Under 30 Minutes

An Instant Pot seems to be the must-have appliance in every kitchen these days. If you are anything like me and never knew the beauty of a Instant Pot, you are about to have your life changed. Basically, you put some ingredients into a pot, set the t…
By Kristin Manna

9 Things The First Six Months Of Motherhood Will Teach You About Your Baby

Personally, the first six months of motherhood was a mixed bag. I learned some harsh lessons about myself that made taking care of my baby seem overwhelming. For example, I was clueless, and no amount of research could help me feel like anything but …
By Steph Montgomery

11 Photos You *Must* Take During The Last Days Of Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I took a photo each week to document my growing belly. I stopped around 36 weeks, though. I hated how I looked in those pictures, and didn't think I'd want to relive those moments. I was wrong. My second pregnancy was a dum…
By Steph Montgomery

6 Red Flags To Definitely Look Out For After Your Baby Falls

The first time my infant son tried to take a few steps, he tumbled and bumped his head on the coffee table. My blood turned to ice in my veins and I froze. There truly isn't anything quite like the feeling a parent gets when their little one gets hur…
By Sarah Bunton

These 9 Instant Pot Recipes Will Make Even The Pickiest Eater Happy At The Table

Like any parent, I've had my share of parenting hits and misses, but one of my favorite "wins" is my daughter's diverse palate. I don't even know if I can take credit for it, but I would like to think I had something to do with her love for lentils, …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Turns Out, Kim Kardashian's Favorite Mom Products Look A Lot Like Your Own Faves

Being a mom is really hard work, especially for the first few months, and Kim Kardashian West is no different in that regard. Now the mother of three, Kardashian says that there are a few products she just can't live without when it comes to raising …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

10 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 30s

If you're like me, you evaluate the pros and cons of any major life decision. When my husband and I were considering starting a family, I thought about my career, education, and financial stability. I wanted to know how a pregnancy and childbirth wou…
By Steph Montgomery

Soda Might Hurt Your Fertility, Study Says, & Here's What You Can Do

Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I stopped drinking soda years ago, but I still love gulping down those fancy Starbucks coffee beverages. I don't have a big sweet tooth, but I am a sucker for sugar-sweetened beverages every now-and-then. Turns out, th…
By Annamarya Scaccia

5 Red Flags Your Toddler Isn't Eating Enough

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters, at least in my experience. You offer mashed potatoes, they want french fries. You give them crackers, they scream for chips. It's frustrating, to be sure, but it's usually their way of vying for independence. It…
By Candace Ganger

35 Moms Share The Most Disgusting Things Their Husbands Do

I'm a human being who revels in challenges. I like when people present me with one, especially if they don't think I can meet or succeed it, and I like taking a challenge on, especially if it's unexpected. So when I aimed to uncover the most disgusti…
By Jamie Kenney

How Having Kids In Your 20s Affects You Later In Life

For parents, like myself, who had kids in their 20s, there are a number of questions that come to mind. When you're deciding what your future will look like, you'll likely consider what this means for your health, career, and more down the line. Thin…
By Tessa Shull

Study: Drinking Two Glasses Of Wine A Day Is Good For Your Mind — Here's Why

There’s more scientific proof that a daily drink or two isn't necessarily a bad thing and could have a place in an overall healthy lifestyle. A new study out of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in New York found that — in mice, at le…
By Tiffany Thomas

Research Says Eating Carbs Can Lead To A Healthy Pregnancy, So Bring On The Pasta

In the world of me, no food is better than bread. I know it's supposed to be pretty terrible for you, high in calories, low in protein, and full of that modern-day demon, gluten... but guys, it's really yummy. Especially warm out of the oven, when th…
By Jen McGuire

These Photos Of Prince George Then & Now Will Give You Serious Baby Fever

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in Spring 2018. With all of the excitement surrounding the new baby, it's easy to forget all of the good times that have already passed. The couple's eldest is already well into the sc…
By Azure Hall

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
By Lindsay E. Mack