One of the hardest things about being pregnant with your first baby is not being able to anticipate what will happen during birth, especially if the only references you have come from Hollywood. I saw Katherine Heigl give birth in Knocked Up, it looked pretty painful but it was over really fast - I could handle that, right? It’s also a weird phenomenon that when other parents find out that you are pregnant, they want to tell you their birth story. When I was pregnant, I remember complete strangers felt compelled to share their experiences with me at the most random times; for example, as I was purchasing paint for our nursery at Home Depot.
As I approached my due date, however, I began asking a few close friends about the story of their first births, in an attempt to accurately predict how mine could go (even though I now know what an asinine theory that is).
From the stories I heard, I gathered a handful of expectations, including the following:
The epidural would hurt a lot.
I would have to wear large adult diapers afterwards.
I could simply look at the clock while in labor and set a goal for pushing the baby out, and it would work.