Don’t get tied to a birth planiStock/sneksy
Preparing a birth plan—do you want to have a natural birth, the type of music playing, who will cut the umbilical cord—can be helpful in structuring the birth hypothetically, but labor and delivery (L&D) nurses caution being too attached to it. “We always joke, the longer the birth plan, the more likely you are to get all these interventions,” says Suzanne Ketchem, an obstetrician nurse and regional director of Women’s, Infants,’ and Pediatric Services for Northern Colorado at Banner Health. What actually happens during the birthing process can be unpredictable, and it’s better to go with the flow than get hung up on what hasn’t gone as expected. “It really doesn’t matter in the scheme of things,” says Ketchem. “You’re going to get a healthy baby. You’ll be an awesome mom.” Read up on what really happens to your body after childbirth.
Really, don’t get hung up on a birth planiStock/7postman
Even if you plan for a C-section, there are no guarantees. “This woman came in and she was scheduled for a C-section on Christmas Day. She was laboring a little bit and felt pressure so thought she needed to have a bowel movement,” says Barbara Williams, a now-retired L&D nurse at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington. “She ended up having her baby on the toilet and was so excited because she was going to get ready for her C-section and had a vaginal birth instead.” (These are 13 health secrets your vagina wishes it could tell you.)