In her Vogue cover story earlier this year, Serena Williams shared how she nearly died after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
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Six years ago, one of my best friends and I were pregnant at the same time and throughout the day, we would text each other one word: "Kegels!" It was a reminder for us to get in those pelvic squeezes — 100 a day was a recommendation we both had heard — as a way to prepare our bodies for childbirth. Kegel exercises, the contraction and release of pelvic floor muscles, have reigned for decades as the go-to exercise to help make labour faster and easier.
It's understandable that pregnant women focus their planning on the impending delivery: Whether it's going to be a C-section or vaginal birth, at home or in a hospital, smooth jazz or screaming. You might even have made up a detailed "birth plan", complete with instructions for pain meds; lighting preferences; and a plan for video, photos and cutting the cord.
Childbirth injuries are no fun. These are our tenderest bits we're talking about here, places we generally want to be treated with kindness and respect. But what do hefty little babies know about kindness and respect? Not much. They're coming out, by hook or by crook, and it can feel like they actually used a hook and a crook while fighting their way down the chute.
As much as you might prepare for the birth of your child, chances are something unexpected will happen. Some mums have had glorious orgasms giving birth, while others' experiences were more torturous. From uncontrollable poops to the need for new shoes, here are the gritty "secrets" about childbirth you might not have heard before.
Pain relief isn't just a physical thing; distracting yourself can help you get through a painful experience. We've already seen that kids who watch cartoons don't feel as much pain when they get a shot. It turns out that playing a game works even better than passively watching videos.
At just after 1am on Sunday morning, my wife grabbed hold of my arm, shocking me into wakefulness. "Nick, I think my water just broke" she said in a slightly panicked voice. While that should have been exciting news, the fact she was only 30 weeks pregnant meant we were less than well prepared for the emergency rush to the hospital.