Why Pregnancy Pranks Are NOT Okay!

 

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I’m sure many of y’all have or have thought about pulling this one. Wouldn’t it be so funny to see everyone’s reaction?? No. It wouldn’t. Let me explain why.

Firstly, if your significant other is really excited for kids and really wants a baby, that would be so cruel and mean to get their hopes up. It’s almost like getting a false pregnancy test yourself. You’d get so excited to see that positive mark, only to be in tears when you get your first ultrasound showing absolutely nothing. Honestly, I was going to pull this prank until I thought about how badly my hubby wanted a baby. It made me feel TERRIBLE for even thinking of doing it!

Secondly, there are SO many women out there who can’t physically have kids. Pulling such a prank is just distasteful and disrespectful to those women. Imagine not being able to conceive and scrolling through Facebook. Up pops a video of a woman pranking her family with a fake pregnancy. Suddenly you’re in tears because of the harsh reality of infertility and women making a mockery of such a beautiful part of life.

Thirdly, it honestly would just make the REAL moment not as amazing. They will have that bad taste in their mouth and be hesitant to believe you. Don’t ruin that moment for yourself! Don’t cause trust issues with your loved ones. Think of something more creative and FUN to prank them with!

So… put those binkies (that’s how I was going to do it) and pregnancy tests away for when you really need them. Don’t make a mockery of such a beautiful, miraculous event!

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What I Packed In My Hospital Bag

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One of the most exciting activities while pregnant was preparing my hospital bag. The thought of my baby arriving soon was thrilling. However, with all my excitement, I did overpack, so in this post I will also include what I didn’t need or use.

What I packed for myself:

  • An extra outfit
  • A robe
  • A bunch of underwear
  • Flip flops
  • Washcloths (for warm compresses)
  • Nursing pads
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • Charger
  • Card games
  • Snacks (Jolly Ranchers, pretzels, granola bars, Powerade)

What I packed for my husband:

  • 2 extra outfits
  • Socks and boxers
  • Toothbrush
  • Charger

What I packed for my baby:

  • 2 newborn outfits
  • 1 size 1 outfit
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Bib
  • Hat and mittens
  • Nursing cover
  • Receiving blanket
  • Baby blanket
  • Car seat

A majority of these items went unused. The things I/we didn’t use are:

  • My robe
  • My underwear (I fell IN LOVE with the mesh undies they provide!)
  • My flip flops (I just stayed in my hospital socks)
  • My washcloths (They did an episiotomy instead of my warm compresses)
  • Card games (I wound up in too much pain to even do anything)
  • The entire diaper bag (My baby wound up staying in the NICU an extra day)

During my hospital stay I just lounged in the hospital gown, so unless you are disgusted by them, I recommend not packing a bunch of clothing for yourself. Also, I highly suggest you check with where you plan to deliver what exactly they provide for you and baby. Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll talk about what mine provided!

My Labor and Delivery Story

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Before I begin the real story, let me just mention I’m 19 years old and the BIGGEST wimp when it comes to pain. However, I planned for a completely natural labor.

I was due Febuary 18, 2017. My little girl didn’t make her grand entrance though, so I had another OBGYN appointment to schedule an induction date (which was Febuary 25). My doctor checked my cervix and I was 1cm. Well, my little one being the stubborn girl she is, decided to start making her way into this world that night. I started labor at 11 PM on Febuary 21. I figured they were just Braxton Hicks contractions again. It wasn’t until 3 AM that I decided it was real and I needed to get to the hospital. From the start of my contractions, they were already mostly 5 minutes apart and a minute long.

We arrived at the hospital shortly after we called (we live like 1 mile from the hospital). When they checked my cervix I was at 4cm. Me and my husband instantly looked at each other with lit eyes. It completely took us by surprise!

We were then moved into the delivery room. I labored naturally for a few hours until I reached 6cm. My body went into sort of a shock and stopped progressing. They broke my water, which caused my little one’s heartbeat to drop. Seeing the nurses hurry to get me oxygen really put me into a panic, completely making me forget about the pain. Once they realized I still wasn’t progressing, they encouraged me to get an epidural, which I have been deathly terrified of. I refused for a while, but finally decided to go through with it to avoid a c-section. It was honestly painless and BOY did I feel a lot better. After a few more hours I was checked and was at 9 1/2cm! Within a half hour of being checked I noticed I started to get a strong urge to push, so my husband kept calling the nurses to get my OBGYN into the room. Finally, everyone came in and we started the delivery. With a tiny episiotomy, a natural tear, and about 10 pushes, my baby girl was born weighing 6lbs 80z at 7:54 AM. I was a little out of it from the epidural, so there wasn’t any dramatic crying, but I was in absolute awe. She was super calm and quiet, which later I learned was because she had respiratory issues from all the oxygen I had. She was immediately taken to the NICU and stayed there until we got to take her home Febuary 25.

Now my little Jannah is extremely strong in multiple aspects. She is very alert and observative. Although I didn’t get my all natural labor, I did overcome a LOT of my fears and got a beautiful baby girl out of it.