Labor and delivery are pretty terrifying. I just can't sugarcoat it, because my childbirth experiences were everything my nightmares are made of. OK, maybe I'm being slightly dramatic, but it's called labor for a reason and that reason is to terrify us. If you're like me, your brain uses the months you're pregnant to conjure up all kinds of potential problems that could arise. Still, it's worth mentioning that there are totally normal things about labor you probably shouldn't worry about. Does knowing you shouldn't worry mean you won't worry? Eh, probably not. Still, it's helpful to recenter yourself every now and then.
During my first labor experience, I had a lot of preconceived notions as to what would occur. Some of those notions came true, unfortunately, but others? Yeah, not so much. Pregnancy really made my mind wander towards the most absurd fears, so hen I'm scaring myself into believing I'll die from pushing (which is a totally rational thing to be afraid of, btw) it's time to re-evaluate what to focus my energy on.
The thing is, when I actually went through labor legitimately most things I worried about weren't an issue. At all. All the anxiety and time spent obsessing over "what if" did me no good, and actually only made me dread an event that should've just been celebrated (however painful). With that, here's some totally normal things you don't need to waste your time worrying about. Unless you're me, in which case worrying is kind of your thing.