10 things nobody tells you about giving birth


#9 Someone is going to give you a massage, and it’s going to hurt — a lot!

Before you’re allowed to go home, your doctor or midwife will want to be sure you’ve stopped bleeding. To do this, a nurse will massage your stomach at regular intervals to be sure your uter*s is shrinking back to its normal size. This is possibly the most painful massage you’ll ever have.


#10 You’ll go home wearing mesh underwear

The bleeding doesn’t stop when you head home, and it could continue for up to 6 weeks postpartum. Some clinics provide a sort of mesh underwear for new moms to wear with thick pads. Other women prefer buying adult-sized diapers. Just do whatever makes you most comfortable.