Labor lies

Before I was ever even pregnant and then increasingly during my pregnancy there were a few things I believed about labor that simply weren’t true. Whether it was paranoia or, in some cases, wishful thinking – I’ll never know. But for those heading to Preggy Town I’ll give you the honest observations of a new mom.
Myth #1 – I’ll have a fast(ish) labor.
My baby was low, I was dilating and effacing early, my mom had three fast labors.
Truth – I woke on a Monday morning with serious contractions. Wilder was born at 4 pm Wednesday. Seriously.
Myth #2 – I would be full of anxiety and likely endless waves of panic attacks once faced with labor.
Truth – I was scared and yet utterly calm deep in my soul (absolute divine intervention). Speaking in front of a group and I need a tranquilizer … Giving birth not so much.
Myth #3 – I would seriously weigh the choice to get an epidural due to the possible side effects.
Truth – They could have put the needle in my forehead and I wouldn’t have cared. In fact, they could have asked me to insert it myself using a compact mirror one handed and I gladly would have. In fact six weeks later the site causes me pain. Totally worth it!
Myth #4 – I would be worried about Daddy Bedgood being “over exposed” so to speak during the pushing phase.
Truth – He saw a lot. I didn’t care. Still don’t. And by all accounts he remains unphased by the whole thing (or he’s going to a hypnotist behind my back to erase the images burned into his brain). Either way I’m blissfully unaware.

The whole labor and delivery while harrowing is a doable thing and I know now how amazingly specific God answers prayer (I asked for a “manageable” l&d and got just that) and how true it is that it’s so so beyond worth it.

In awe of my new man who, true to form, took his sweet time arriving.


About Amanda Jean Elliott

I am a joyful believer in Jesus Christ, a mother, a sister, a writer, a maker of gluten free roux and a style editor. I love my son Wilder and the wild life that comes with a 4-year-old who has the energy of a pack of wolves. I also love naps (a lot). I love to cook and create my favorite dishes without gluten not because I'm trendy and anti-gluten so much as it makes me feel like I've been run over by a pack of wolves. I teach 5th and 6th grade girls Sunday School and have a classroom of the greatest girls I could imagine. Girls who often teach me more than I teach them. I believe these girls and many others are the spark to start a fire for The Lord the likes of which this world has never seen. I see more and more girls learning about more than just who God is ... but, learning about who God says THEY are. It is my prayer for every woman to know without doubt that we have a good good Father in heaven and whatever is not right on this earth, He will make right in this life or the next.
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3 Responses to Labor lies

  1. Sherry says:

    I appreciate all the insight. Keep it coming! 🙂

  2. Katie Glynn says:

    Amanda I love your blogs!! This is so great, especially because I will be experiencing these same things in a few months! I especially love the myth and truth about the epidural!!! I literally laughed out loud about it and believe I will feel the same way you did. Thanks for sharing!

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