Like lots of first time moms, I attended prenatal classes designed to teach me about the birth process. I dragged my husband to each class and would enjoy post-lesson discussions. As a result, the classes helped me cope with some pre-labor jitters about the overall process and how much childbirth was going to hurt. When it actually came to actually go into labor, though, there were some thoughts I had that every mom has while receiving her pre-labor pep talk. Well, at least I would like to think every mom has the same thoughts. #Solidarity
Once my contractions were in full swing, my husband tried to boost my confidence using some of the soundbites and advice we had heard in those prenatal classes. In the middle of those contractions, however, everything was way too real and I wasn't in the most receptive of moods. Instead my thoughts and feelings were all over the place. By the time we left for the hospital I went through a lot of different, varied, and unexpected emotions.
While every pregnancy, labor, and woman is different, I can't help but assume that every pregnant person goes through a jarring experience as soon as their labor begins. You know, one in which the reality of bringing a baby into the world hits them and it's impossible to decipher up from down, real from imagined, and what you think you can't handle vs. what you absolutely can. So, with that in mind, here's what I'm almost possible every woman thinks during that necessary pre-labor pep talk: