Giving birth is one of the most difficult and life-changing experiences imaginable. You’ve spent all of nine (or so) months growing what eventually becomes your baby, and that alone is exhausting. Pregnancy is demanding, but childbirth is something other-worldly. Between your water breaking, contractions and dilation, breathing and pushing, it’s the single greatest workout of your life. Because you'll surely be out of energy and a bundle of emotions by the end of it, there are just some things you shouldn’t have to ask for after childbirth.
Giving birth to my son was like crossing through a threshold I didn’t know existed. My labor went on slowly over the course of a day and then more intensely over the course of a night. Working on zero sleep, and just a few peanut butter crackers and water for energy, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It was also the most painful. I gave birth unmedicated and despite all the HypnoBirthing mantras and yogic breathing, those contractions were unbearable.
By the end of it, all I wanted to do was hold my baby and sleep. For the most part, all my needs were met thanks to the support of my family and the hospital staff. If you’re on the brink of giving birth, make sure those around you know that these are things you should certainly not have to ask for.