I’m a huge advocate for knowing about your rights and your body. Especially after the really rough experience of losing my twins, and the way that I tried to learn all that I could during my tough pregnancy with Bella. I feel like you need to know what your body is doing in order to be the best advocate for yourself.
I didn’t always know much about how things worked.
Let me clarify – I had very little knowledge on how anything to do with babies, pregnancy, and birth worked. At all.
So I thought I’d write my past “ideas” down, give everyone a little laugh over the stupidity that comes from not paying attention. (To be fair, some of these also came from a really basic sex ed class mixed with teenage assumptions.) These are all things that I really believed, and until I decided to start to learn more about my body, I wouldn’t have known any different for a long time. The doctor that saw me when I was first pregnant? Poor thing! She must have thought that I ate a lot of glue as a child.
Here they are in all their uneducated glory, my misconceptions about pregnancy, birth, and babies before I had kids:
Snap Goes the Umbilical Cord! 1 of 7Yep. Honest to goodness. I thought that the umbilical cord was part of my body (STOP LAUGHING) and once the baby was born it simply snapped back inside me to get ready for another pregnancy.
What *is * that? 2 of 7Every month something happened with my body. And I wondered what it was. An infection? Was I just weird? Turns out? Ovulation. Pretty important time for making a baby.
Breastfeeding isn’t Real. 3 of 7I never thought of breastfeeding. In fact, I never saw anything with a woman doing it, so I figured it wasn't something moms did. I mean some, but since my great aunt used Carnation Condensed Milk to feed her kids in the 50's (I can't grasp this concept anymore) - then it must be irrelevant. I DO wish I had known how painful it could be. Even doing it right. O_o
Pregnancy – the Anytime Thing 4 of 7I thought you could get pregnant at anytime of the month. After all, why was I taking birth control all month long if I wasn't ready to go at any moment? So imagine my shock when I found out it was like 3 days a month (give or take).
What is a Placenta? 5 of 7I wasn't sure what a placenta was, what purpose it served, or (hold on now) if every woman had one during her pregnancy. I thought maybe women had it that needed a little extra something for their kid.
Snippity snip. 6 of 7I didn't know that there were circumcised and uncircumcised boys. I just thought - everyone looked the same. Imagine my shock as a nanny when I went to change an (uncircumcised) little boy's diaper and thought perhaps he needed medical attention. Pronto.
What’s a Uterus like? 7 of 7I wasn't sure what a uterus was, but I had a pretty good idea it was a round ball that waited for a baby to be planted in it. By something. Or other. Sex ed fail.
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