When I gave birth to my first child, I was one of those women that screamed bloody Mary so much that my mother-in-law is convinced that’s why I had a postpartum thyroid issue (an old wive’s tale, I’m sure, but I’m not going to argue with her). It was a painful seven hours followed by a painful recovery, but I quickly forgot about the pain the moment I came home with my daughter.
With my son, it was a totally different story. One hour and forty-five minutes later, I can remember telling my doctor, “Oh, that’s it?” It was that easy.
Now, with everything in motherhood/parenting, no two births — or two babies — are the same. Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting fame says that each of her children’s births has gotten easier for her. But is that the case with most moms?
“I don’t think you can call labor and delivery easy no matter how many times you have been through it,” Duggar explains.
“Yes, experience helps a lot in working through the whole labor process, but, like I mentioned previously, each labor is different and you just have to prepare yourself health-wise and in every other way to work toward the goal of having the healthiest deliver as possible on your part,” she added.
Out of the 17 deliveries that Duggar has had, only two were C-sections and the rest were delivered naturally.
While I’m sure that labor is different for each woman, I have no doubt that each one of Michelle Duggar’s births had gotten easier for her — especially with the number of births she’s gone through. But I do know of friends who have had various experiences with their second- and third-born children, and let’s just put it this way: Giving birth is never really “easy.”
Tell us Babble readers, what were your experiences? Did each birthing experience get easier or was it varied with each child? Let us know in the comments section below!