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Labour On TV Vs Labour In Reality

Push! Push! Push!

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On TV: Everyone knows your due date.

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In reality: Everyone asks you “Any news? Have you had that baby yet?”

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“Yes, why of course! I had the baby last week and didn't tell you.”

On TV: Labour must start with your waters breaking.

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In a public place, of course.

In reality: Your waters breaking is not a precursor to labour.

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You face a long and boring wait, analysing every twinge.

On TV: You have one contraction and you are immediately in full-blown labour.

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In reality: You spend six hours faffing with contraction-timing apps, wondering if this is active labour yet.

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On TV: There is a 98% chance that you will never make it to the hospital in time.

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In reality: You get to the hospital, twice, only to be sent back home because you aren't in established labour yet.

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On TV: Your partner's No. 1 job is to panic and make the situation more about them.

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In reality: Your partner's No. 1 job is to know where everything is in your labour bag.

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On TV: You arrive at the hospital at pushing stage.

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“This baby is coming NOW!”

In reality: You arrive at the hospital for your induction.

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Walk around. Get put on a Pitocin drip, spend quite a few hours in labour, and THEN reach pushing stage.

On TV: It's someone's job to yell at you to push.

In reality: NO ONE needs to tell you to push.

On TV: An inexperienced stranger or friend delivers your baby.

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In reality: A midwife or a doctor delivers your baby.

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On TV: Congratulations, you've given birth to a squeaky-clean six-month-old.

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In reality: Congratulations, you've given birth to an angry walnut.

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On TV: Visitors can come in immediately. It's one big party and you look GREAT. Yay!

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In reality: You require a long, thorough shower before you will consider receiving visitors.

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On TV: Your hospital room is super nice, and you are the only one there!

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In reality: You are sharing a postnatal ward with five other women and you can't wait to get out of there.

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On TV: You're up and about as if nothing's changed.

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In reality: You need stitches.

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On TV: Placenta delivery is about as mythical as unicorns.

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In reality: You decide between a physiological third stage and an actively managed third stage.

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On TV: Your partner becomes overcome with emotion at the sight of their newborn baby.

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In reality: Your partner tells you how tired they are.