Oh pregnancy! I was 36 weeks in this picture and I remember being so DONE. I exercised, worked, ran errands, basically did everything I could do hoping I would go into labor, none of it worked 😂 I just happened to go into labor the morning that I was supposed to be induced and I ended up having Kaden on his due date! It was pretty cool. But one of the biggest regrets I had was not educating myself.
I am a nurse, but I cannot emphasize enough that Burn ICU and Labor and delivery are like two completely different worlds! I am 200% clueless when it comes to giving birth and babies for that matter (I like to think I am a little bit more knowledgeable now that I have one, but who really knows).
I went in having trust in the nurses to help educate me through the process, and that is not what I got. I get it, my nurses may have just been really busy, been having a terrible day, just not known the correct education, or simply thought “she’s a nurse so it’s fine”. But I was laying in that hospital bed regretting that I hadn’t educated myself on the signs of possible complications, laboring, breast feeding, all of it. It was the worst feeling; I was terrified that something was wrong but my nurse simply wasn’t experienced enough to do anything about it. I also wasn’t confident enough in my own knowledge. Thank God, the whole birthing process came to an end with a healthy baby, but it didn’t end there!
I finally had Kaden and the L&D nurse told me to try and let him breastfeed. I asked her for how long and her response was,”just however long he will feed for.” 🤨 so uneducated me let him for an HOUR until my nipple was literally bleeding. As if breastfeeding isn’t hard enough, now I had a cracked nipple starting off on my first day 😂 (when I was transferred off the floor the next nurse told me I should never breastfeed for longer than ten minutes in the beginning, good to know)
I can be mad all I want, but in all reality I could have avoided all of the drama by simply educating myself! That is my #1
advice when it comes to pregnancy: go to a class, google it, read a book, whatever is your best way of learning, DO IT! .
What is your go to advice on pregnancy??