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What surprised you most about pregnancy, labor, and motherhood?

I know we all had expectations yet it's inevitable that something surprised us along all THREE of these journeys?


Asked by Anonymous at 12:20 AM on Jan. 17, 2010 in General Parenting

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Answers (7)
  • pregnancy - that I would actually go full term with the twins. I actually had to be induced.

    labor- That my epidural could just stop working, despite having more and more meds pumped in

    motherhood- I wasn't prepared for the sleep deprivation, or not "feeling" like a mother right away. I knew that it would be wonderful and rewarding, but I honestly didn't think that it would be this hard. But, again, nothing worth having ever came easy.

    Answer by twin_mommy at 10:42 AM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • pregnancy- people said i would be miserable, and i really hada great pregnancy
    labor- the whole process sucked, like i was told.
    motherhood-my child always amazes me, and makes me proud of her ;)

    Answer by mrsjosey1018200 at 12:21 AM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • how easy and natural everything is

    Answer by staciandababy at 12:22 AM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • pregnancy is a lot of work - all you see are the happy joy joy little round bellies bopping around. I was swollen, moody and a walking furnace. but it was fantastic getting to feel a little person moving around inside.

    labour - is a lot of work but totally worth every minute. and're the centre of attention for how long? lol

    motherhood - is fun! its constantly challenging and ever changing. especially as they grow older - nothing stays the same and nothing is the same with each kid. my youngest (3) is a totally different 3 than her big sisters were.

    I really had no expectations, I was a blank book that I would write as I go along. its not a pretty trip all the time, but its an experience I'm glad I decided to take.

    Answer by hypermamaz at 12:24 AM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • pregnancy- no one told me i could go 2 weeks overdue. but it was an easy pregnancy(this was my first child)

    birth- i did not know it could be so long (18 hours this was my first child)

    motherhood- i never knew how much happiness they would bring. or how wonderful it is to see them grow into their own individuality. i wouldn't change it at all

    Answer by clumm at 4:26 AM on Jan. 17, 2010


    Answer by piwife at 5:05 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • Pregnancy- how close you feel to your baby when they haven't even been born yet.
    Labor- one, I was surprised when my son came a month early (the week after I quit), my son somehow turned himself around in my tummy within a week and with my fluid leaking, and the emergency c-section. Also, I was surprised at how attached I became right away :)
    Motherhood- once you get used to something, be it eating habits, sleeping habits, etc, it changes. Also, when I start getting sad that my son is growing and leaving one stage, the next one brings another set of joy that I wouldn't have thought of or expected. And finally, how much love you can have for a child...the love I have for my son is more than I could imagine

    Answer by sunshinepraying at 7:49 PM on Jan. 17, 2010