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“This is going to suck,” I quietly whispered to my husband. He held me tight, wiping the tears that streamed down my cheeks as I anxiously anticipated giving birth in a few short hours.
Just over seven years ago, I sat on the couch in our living room, my stomach and ankles swollen with the weight of carrying our first child for almost 41 weeks, staring at the clock and counting down the hours until my scheduled induction. At 22 years old, one of the first of my friends to get pregnant, I was completely terrified imagining what was about to happen to me and my body as we welcomed our first child into this world.
Could I do this? Was my body capable? How high was my pain tolerance? Was an induction really as long and hard as I had heard? What if I just couldn’t do it?
A few hours later, as I sat holding our beautiful, healthy baby girl, who decided to come all on her own two hours before her scheduled induction, my mind felt at ease that it was over. She was here, and despite all my panic and worry, she had made her entrance when she was ready—not when I was.
And, as Australian mom Laura Mazza of The Mum on the Run gently reminds expectant moms, there is no right way to give birth. The fears and anxiety we have toward childbirth, she writes on her Facebook post, are not only inevitable but also extremely normal.
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