[About labor and giving birth: part 2 of 6 originally published here as part of “100 things I’ve learned about pregnancy, birth, babies, and motherhood” in honor of my 100th blog post.]
21. If you want to speed up labor once your contractions have begun, use a breast pump. Oh. My. Goodness.
22. Have a birth plan but know that it’s just a plan, not a prophecy. It will look different. (Or… it could go exactly like you planned and hoped for… like my second birth!!)
23. Having your waters break is not a one-off gush… it continues for hours into labor. Don’t be alarmed when you have to walk around with a towel between your legs for the rest of the day.
24. Watching So You Think You Can Dance between contractions provides good distraction, but don’t get mad when they forget to pause it while you hunch over in excruciating pain every few minutes.
25. Giving birth is messy. What? You know that? Ok then, remember it.
26. Remember that sometimes your midwife needs encouragement too, especially when things go wrong.
27. Make sure your husband knows how to quickly and efficiently find the ice machine.
28. Labor is hard work, but you were totally made for it. Go for it. And if you can, ask your midwife if you can “catch” the baby. Best. Experience. Ever. And definitely the best way to finish off your incredibly hard work!