Even the most avid parents can have a hard time knowing what to expect when giving birth. Weight loss may seem obvious, as a baby is leaving your body, but in the weeks following delivery, it’s not uncommon to shed tens of pounds.

All of the stereotypical pregnancy cravings also seem to disappear almost immediately, and your appetite will revert back to standard levels.

The actual pain of labor cannot be fully described, and will always hurt more than you can predict, and although most coaching classes help you to prepare to breathe through contractions, the actual pushing stage is more about buckling down and using all of your muscles to move the baby along. It is hard to be modest during this process as the pain of delivery will make you forget to care.

Once the baby is born, breastfeeding is the next challenge. Your baby will not know exactly what to do, and your body might not have milk ready. This can lead to a lot of discomfort for both parties.

The magic of the first night will wear off, and the second night can be a true test of how prepared you feel to be a parent when the baby is miserable.

Finally, the nurses know best. Although the thought of asking for help might be uncomfortable, they are trained and able to answer any questions and happy to help new parents.

Key Points:

  • 1Even if you think you are prepared for giving birth to a baby, you are not. You cannot prepare for the pain of childbirth.
  • 2There is a big difference in the contraction stage and the pushing stage. You can even lose up to 12 pounds after delivery.
  • 3Do not be afraid to ask the nurse for advise. Breastfeeding is not an easy task.


Maybe the reason nobody tells you about the honest-to-goodness awful experience of giving birth is because no matter what someone says, you will not be prepared for the pain.

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