You Might Puke/Vomit/Throw Up whatever you want to call it. And it might be in your kitchen sink. You might also almost forget to brush your teeth. Sick, I know. About five minutes before we headed out the door to drive to the hospital, I vomited in my kitchen sink. That hasn’t happened in many, many years. (The vomiting part- I’ve never done so in a sink before.) My husband reminded me that it might be a good idea to brush my teeth. Can you imagine? Being in labor, meeting your sweet baby with disgusting breath? Ick.
Rule #1: Always bring a toothbrush and toothpaste with you to the hospital. If you forget, they’ll most likely provide you with one, just expect it to be about the size of a kid’s brush and have maybe, five bristles, if you’re lucky.
Peeing on the floor is totally normal. And funny.
You could possibly faint. I had to urinate so bad after pushing my seven pound babe out, that the minute the nurses gave me permission, I walked to the bathroom. And fainted. People caught me and I came back to life, but it was still a little scary.
Rule #2 Even when you think you’re strong enough, bare up and let others take you hand. Accept the wheelchair and remember this is the only time you’ll ever get royal treatment.
The showers in the hospital rooms are pathetic. Don’t bother showering. I was really looking forward to taking a nice shower, so I walked into the “shower” to realize it hurts to sit, I can’t bend over very easily, who knows how many other bloody bums have touched this old seat, and the water pressure is horrible. All that trouble to get my clothes off for nothin’. I would recommend washing your face, brushing your teeth, and putting deodorant on however. That felt amazing and I saved the shower for home.
Rule # 3 Don’t forget your favorite face wash. You don’t want to be stuck using hospital bar soap that leaves you with dry, itchy, irritable skin.
I was blessed to have a fairly easy and complication free labor. I don’t recall anything too crazy happening, and I don’t have any crazy stories to tell. Well, except for fainting and peeing. But that’s normal, remember? If you will, share with us- what do you wish someone would have told you about labor and delivery?