On the old boards, we had a sticky of what we wished we knew about abortions, adoptions, pregnancy, labor, delivery, care of newborns, etc and no one every told us. So this thread is to say what you wished that YOU knew in hopes we can help people who are in the same situations that we once were.
Heartburn. I never knew how much heartburn you have during pregnancy. Tums and mylata became my best friends.
Headaches. I got really bad headaches. I was so happy when I found out that I could take medicine for it. Just make sure to ask your doctor if its okay.
Loss of bladder control. I had no idea that just a simple act like sneeze could cause me to pee a little. Or that throwing up could cause me to fully empty my bladder.
Backaches. These were so painful. I really wish I knew all the ways to get rid of it. Such as placing a hot water bottle behind your back while sitting in a chair and rocking back and forth. Also having a bunch of body pillows around you make sleeping much more comfortable.
*Labor and Delivery*
Choices. I realized now that while my doctor kept me informed of my choices, the on call doctors did not nor did the nurse.
Epidural. I thought that getting an epidural would get rid of all my pain. However, my epidural got rid of some of it...but I was still in a lot of pain.
Again, my choices. I did not know that I could over ride a doctor's orders until I ask my mother in law (who is the charge nurse there). My veins were collapsing (I have horridly tiny veins) so I demanded that they removed my i.v. on the second night there. I was in so much pain. I cried so hard with my i.v. and I didn't cry at all during my labor.
*Once At Home*
I never realized how hard it would be actually be by yourself. Make sure you have someone to call, or write to, when you get frusterated.
I'm sure there is more, but I want others to add to this list. And perhaps we could get a sticky?