I was over-joyed when I first learned I was expecting my first baby. It wasn’t until sometime in the second trimester, when I finally started to show, that I really realized I was going to be giving birth–somehow and sometime–and only months away. I was scared. I knew that pushing our baby out was going to be the hardest physical challenge of my life so far. I decided to do what I do best when I start to worry: research.
One of the best ways to learn about things like pregnancy, parenting and childbirth is to talk to other moms. I started to pick the brains of my friends who had children. I asked them to tell me their stories, starting with how they first knew they were in labor, how long it lasted, whether or not they got pain medication and if they would change anything if they could … Read More