The Gross Stuff No One Tells You About Labor & How To Prepare For It

Most of the time I speak wonders of Pregnancy!  The reason is simply because I think Pregnancy is one of the most precious and amazing gifts that God has given women.  But I do want to tell you about the gross stuff no one tells you about labor and how to prepare for it because nobody ever does and if you can better prepare for it, it will be so much easier.

The Gross Stuff No One Tells You About Labor & How To Prepare For It 

The Gross Stuff No One Tells You About Labor and How To Prepare For It

 

I had the pleasure and blessing of having two amazing pregnancies.  I do credit most of it to exercising and eating healthy.  I did my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts throughout both my pregnancies.  I didn’t DIET by any means but I did make good choices most of the time.  It’s so easy to fall into the “Eating For 2” syndrome, and that just causes EXCESS WEIGHT GAIN, which in turn causes sickness, uncomfortableness, trouble during labor, lack of sleep and energy and it’s just a mess.  

By the way, I did write a great post on “Eating For 2 During Pregnancy” and I think it will help you tons.  So make sure to check that one out.

Sometimes, EXCESS WEIGHT during pregnancy, causes women to feel more uncomfortable, have more aches and pains, have less quality of sleep and feel fatigued all the time.  The excess weight can make you so uncomfortable that you can possibly not enjoy your pregnancy as much as you would if you could be more mobile and agile and feel more energized. So I just want to encourage you to make the effort and exercise and eat healthy.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

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So, I’m going to give you a NUTRITION GUIDE with exactly what to eat, all the RECIPES, good SNACK OPTIONS, etc..  So that you can get an idea of how you should be eating during your pregnancy so that you can be healthy, be creating the best possible environment for your baby, and so that you don’t gain EXCESS WEIGHT so that you are not super uncomfortable all during pregnancy and feeling huge and self conscious.  And so that you can lose all your baby weight fast postpartum.

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If you follow it and you EXERCISE, you will not just have a great pregnancy but you will feel CONFIDENT, RADIENT, GLOWING.  You won’t be uncomfortable and have aches and pains because you’ve gained so much weight.  You will have an easier labor and delivery.  You will sleep better, have more energy.  And you will seriously decrease your chances of falling into POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION.

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If you are not sure of what Foods To AVOID during pregnancy, here is a cool CHECKLIST FOR YOU so you can print it as a reminder.  Download it here:  Checklist of Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

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And if me talking about exercise and healthy eating is inspiring you to get active and exercise yourself during this very important time of your life, then here is a great Pregnancy Workout for you to try.  Full Body Pregnancy Workout, you can do it from home 🙂

It was workouts like this that I did from my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts that helped me be able to lose all my baby weight so fast and actually get in the best shape of my life.  

I’m so serious, not even exaggerating a little.  I actually have ABS now, and I never ever ever had them like this before.  I totally credit the exercising and eating healthy for it during my pregnancy.

 

I’m telling you, its worth it….  Check me out months after my second baby.

 


 

Anyhow, I’m usually super positive about pregnancy because my hope and wish is that all women can enjoy the beauty of pregnancy and embrace it and make the best of it, but I also have to talk about the not so great part of it which actually isn’t pregnancy, its the LABOR!  

So are you ready for all the tips on the gross stuff about labor and how to prepare for it?

And don’t get me wrong, I was very fortunate to also have 2 great labors.  First was 4 hours and about 15 minutes of pushing and the second was about 2 hours and 2 pushes 🙂  I pretty much credit exercising during pregnancy to that as well.  Seriously, the benefits of exercise during pregnancy are huge, read up on them HERE.

But there are some things that no one talks about.  So I want to make sure we talk about all the yucky stuff so that you can prepare for it.  Don’t worry, it’s not that bad.

Ok, here we go.

 

 

The Gross Stuff No One Tells You About Labor

 

1.  You may poop during labor. (sorry about the poop talk, but I think we need to just get it out in the open)

Yep, you hear it right, you totally can.

Some women will take an enema but here are my thoughts……..

You may obsess about it before labor, but when you are in the moment, in the middle of a contraction, and the pain and the anxiety, the last thing on your mind is pooping.  

When you are pushing, especially if you have an epidural, its very hard to know exactly from where you are pushing, plus you are pushing with all your dang might that its sort of hard for it to not happen.  As with everything that I tell you about pregnancy, JUST EMBRACE IT.

You are not going to be the first woman that poops during labor and you won’t be the last. 

It happens, get over it!

Maybe talk to your hubby about it or whoever else is in the room that day.  Maybe send them something to read on it.  It happens, so just warn them so it doesn’t come as a surprise.

Then, don’t worry about it during your labor.

Ask to not be told if you do and don’t ask yourself.  For what?  

And seriously, labor and delivery is the most amazing thing.  Its such a crazy amazing and beautiful experience that even if you poop during it LOL, it still will be amazing and your hubby will really just remember your baby coming out.

My hubby originally said he didn’t want to be down there in that area.  He was going to stay by my upper torso.  But when it came time, he was right there seeing the entering of our baby into this world for the first time.  He saw the first time his little head popped out, his little black hair, his shoulders…..  He says it was incredible and he says he is so happy he saw it.

I remember hearing so much about how guys shouldn’t be there and how them seeing that changes the way they see you or “that” LOL but my hubby said it didn’t at all.  He was so happy he saw Nicholas’ first glimpse of the world.  He actually says he has a new found respect and admiration for me and for us women.  It was a great experience for him.

So be proud, be happy, be open and honest, talk about all these things…..  You will feel so much better if you do

 

2.  When you think its over, its not………  The Placenta

I don’t know about you, but I had a skewed idea of the whole placenta thing.  I don’t know, I think I just imagined it just comes out by itself.  Or maybe I just didn’t really know anything about the placenta.

But a second after Nicholas was out, my first words were “what about the placenta”?  Should I push?

The doctor freaked since my pushes were pretty insane he told me to COUGH.  But he told me to wait.  I’m not sure what was happening or what he was doing all I remember is that when he did tell me to cough, it was soooooo disgusting.  Maybe because by that time the epidural had worn off, but I did feel a glob sort of wiggle out, and then I took a glance and I almost threw up.  YUK!

So just be warned!  The placenta must come out too lol.

Your doctor will tell you when and what to do, but here is my advice…..  DON’T LOOK AT IT, its super yuk.

The second time around, with Anabelle, I think I didn’t even cough, it all happened so fast, I think he just pulled it out.  But I definitely didn’t look this time and spared me the nausea feeling.

 

3.  The Gucci Cucci

Um, yep, I just said that.

It’s going to happen so lets just talk about it.

So most of the time, during natural labors, women either tear or have an episiotomy (the doctor slices you lol).

This hurts, and like a friggin mother!  Wow!

So, you will have stitches and swelling and it HURTS.

At the end of my first labor, the epidural had worn off during my stitches and I remember asking my doctor, how many stitches are you putting in?  And he said why are you feeling them….  Um…. yeah!  He said, don’t worry, I’m giving you a gucci cucci.  So you know what, the second time around I didn’t even ask.  Instead of worrying about the bad and how much I tore or how many stitches, I just figured, what the heck at least now I get a gucci cucci 🙂  Just turn it around and be positive about it.

You will have to wear these big huge maxi pads and they also give you these ice packs to put on the maxi pad to alleviate some pain and swelling.

Before you due date, go to the grocery store or pharmacy and get yourself a big pack of maxi pads with wings.  Wings are important and extra long.  They give you a bunch to take home from the hospital but they are big and bulky and uncomfortable and ugly and they just make you feel worse.

Also, you can’t wear your cute thongs with these huge pads, nor do you want to because it’s just not comfortable with that pain.

Some people told me to get granny panties, because it was more comfortable but I refused.  So I’ll tell you what I did and what I advise you to do.  A few weeks before my due date, I went to Vicotoria’s Secret and I bought about a dozen cute and sexy little boy shorts.  You know those undies that look like hot shorts or cheek’s.  

Listen, you already feel so gross down there and you’re not sleeping and you’re hormonal and you may be in pain that anything you can do to make yourself feel better, do it. And cute undies will definitely make you feel better.  So get to shopping girlfriend.

By the way, if you haven’t already, check out my blog post on PREGNANCY FASHION.  This is another thing that really helps you feel better and more confident during pregnancy.  I talked about a lot of great tips to dress and feel good during pregnancy.  Check it out here.

They also give you a spray, OMG, that spray was like my BFF for days.  Use it 😉  

When you leave the hospital, ask them to give you an extra bottle to take home.  I did, both times.  

They also give you a little squirt bottle with water in it so that every time you go to the bathroom, you squirt it as you pee.  Um yea, its getting graphic up in here, but better to talk about it now and be emotionally prepared.  Let me tell you, it really does hurt.  For some women more than others, it depends on if you tear or get episiotomy and how much you tear.  But the water squirter is also your BFF.  The whole thing is just gross.

Oh, did I tell you that you BLEED for days and days.  Its like having your heavy period days but for way longer.  I bleed the first time for about 5 weeks and the second for 2.  But…..  so yuk.  Just embrace it, know its going to happen, be prepared with your cute undies, better fitting pads, squirt bottle and spray.

And don’t worry, remember, you’re getting a brand spankin new gucci cucci 😉

 

4.  The Hemorrhoids

People definitely don’t talk about this enough.

Most of the women I have spoken to that have had natural labors end up with these horrible things.

So again, just embrace it, know its happening and be prepared.

At the hospital they will give you  witch-hazel pads and medication.  

Use it.

Every time you go to the bathroom, put both on.

And my recommendation is that before you go into labor, go to the pharmacy and get an extra pack of the witch-hazel pads.

Also, before you leave the hospital, ask your doctor to give you a prescription for the hemorrhoid cream.  Its way better than all the over the counter stuff and this will save you time later and the extra phone call.  Tell him to give you a refill as well.

Get ready, were about to get graphic again….

So, you may be a little scared to go to the bathroom…. between the stitches and the hemorrhoids, its a pretty scary task.  

Before you go into labor here is another thing to get at the pharmacy.  STOOL SOFTENER.

OMG, no one tells you about this, but it really helps.  This way you don’t have to push and it won’t hurt as much.

It’s important to talk about all these yukky things before hand so that not only are you emotionally prepared but also so that you can stock up on all this stuff and this is all stuff you can get weeks before your due date and just be prepared.

Listen, those first few weeks are really hard.  

You aren’t sleeping, you are extremely hormonal, you are in pain or not comfortable and the last thing you want is to have to run to the store or ask your hubby to.  You want him home helping you with the baby or things around the house.  Those little trips to the store will kill you lol.

So just grab a little note pad and make this list and go to the store a few weeks before your due date and get prepared.

 

Labor & Postpartum Kit

  • Maxi Pads with Wings
  • Witch-Hazel Pads
  • Stool Softener
  • Cute Boy Short or Cheeky Undies 

 

Ok, its over, all the uncomfortable talk is over.

But seriously, you will be glad we had this talk!

Now, keep enjoying your pregnancy.  

Exercise and Eat healthy.  Don’t forget to download the Nutrition Guide, you will love it and it will help you tons.

I have tons of more PREGNANCY TIPS, EXERCISES, WORKOUTS, DIET TIPS and more on My Pinterest Boards so make sure to go there now and hit FOLLOW ALL so you can have access to it all.  You will love all the awesome information on there for you.

I also have a FACEBOOK PAGE, and you can go on there anytime and ask me questions or just go there for great pregnancy tips, daily workouts, healthy recipes and more!

Before you go, I want to show you one more thing I found one day in one of those pregnancy day by day apps during my second pregnancy……  This is crazy!

 

 

 

I hope you are inspired….

If you are not working your CORE during pregnancy, you totally should be unless you want to end up with a pooch postpartum for months and months.

Here is a post with 2 Safe AB Pregnancy Exercises you can do, theres a short video showing you how too.

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If you start my pregnancy workout program, I will see you inside the program.  

I have lots of tips for you and I can’t wait for you to see all the videos of the exercises.

 

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So you can see how fabulous you will look.  

 

I would also love to feature you and your beautiful bump.

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If you exercise, you will see a huge change.  

Less weight gain, not as fast and you will feel tighter, more fit, more energetic and less fatigue.

If you don’t want to spend 6-24 months postpartum losing your “BABY WEIGHT”, invest a little time, energy and possibly resources into your health and fitness this pregnancy.  It will be so worth it when you are back at your pre-pregnancy weight in less than 3 months and feeling like yourself again.

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Good luck with your pregnancy!

Your Pregnancy Coach,

Michelle Marie

 

Watch this short video, I think you will totally be able to relate and it will totally help you!

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14 Comments

  1. fatima on February 12, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Thanks!I’ve been avoiding reading about these things..but I am glad I did.I still have 3 weeks to prepare 😛



    • Michelle Marie Fit on February 12, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      I’m so glad Fatima, good luck! Im sure you’ll do great!



  2. Tanya on February 19, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Thank you.

    I just found out I was pregnant a few days ago. This will be my first nugget.

    I am more interested in the gross side of baby than the happy bubbly stuff… I figure preparing for the good things are easy and you can think of them easily on your own… It’s the clinical side that is harder to get information one. Thank you so much!

    <3 Tanya



    • Michelle Marie Fit on February 19, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Tanya, so glad you found this helpful. Good luck with your first little nugget, you will do great. Pregnancy is awesome 🙂



  3. Lisa on February 28, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Woaw so much I learned today! Thank you Michelle, i heard about those gross stuff but very superficially and no one tell us with that detail and with tips! Kinda scary but again get over it!



    • Michelle Marie Fit on March 3, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Im so glad Lisa! Nah, its not scary, it is a little gross though lol. You will do great. The most important thing is to be prepared. Good luck!



    • Michelle Marie Fit on March 9, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      So glad you liked the tips Lisa. It makes a difference in the experience if you’re prepared and warned lol. Good luck!



  4. Stephanie on March 20, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I wish I had read this post before my first baby. Now I’m on to my second and refreshing up on all the info I need. I laughed reading this because you didn’t leave out a single realistic detail…haha! This is exactly how it goes! Thanks for the post it will be very helpful for all the first time mamas out there.



    • Michelle Marie Fit on February 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      So glad it helped you 🙂



  5. Meaghan Whelan on April 5, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I have some things to add! How about when you’re pushing their hands are inside you the entire time? Or how the pain doesn’t “all go away” after the baby’s out, you’re still in a whole lot of pain. I didn’t even feel myself tearing so that didn’t bother me-my epidural had to be turned off because I wasn’t pushing effectively (I broke blood vessels in my face, eye, neck and down ny shoulders), what did was when the doctor checked to see my progress it was almost as bad as the contractions. Another is you have something on every extremity if you get an epidural (blood pressure cuff, IV, compression things on your legs and most uncomfortable of all- the catheter. Oh and last but not least the nurses will NOT BELIEVE YOU that you’re fully dilated if you’re a first time mom, I waited 45 minutes crying for her to come back with my doctor. Labor and delivery is absolute hell and if someone had told me ALL the details, not just reminded me of the stuff that everyone knows about I would have re thought writing a bit plan-which I did not do and regret.



    • Michelle Marie Fit on May 18, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      LOL I love all the details Meaghan, I know, its so hard isn’t it?



    • Michelle Marie Fit on February 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks for sharing 🙂



  6. Amber on May 14, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Ha! With my first, I hated reading stuff like this because it just freaked me out! Now that I’ve been there, done that, it’s like eh, nothing gets me anymore lol! Two things I want to mention, if you aren’t grossed out like the author, ask to see your placenta! I thought it was totally cool looking! I also want to do the encapsulation this time around, where they dehydrate your placenta and you can actually eat it in pill form! It’s so good for you and can help with postpartum blues. Also, tearing does NOT have to happen! There are exercises and other remedies you can use to strengthen things down there? I know it can still happen despite our best efforts but it’s not inevitable!



    • Michelle Marie Fit on May 18, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      I know, its a lot easier the second time. I definitely was a bit grossed out by the placenta haha. And i did tear both times, second time a lot less. My labors and deliveries were super fast, i pushed really hard and fast and i think they weren’t ready for me. I wasn’t a good listener I just wanted them out lol.



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