I became pregnant with my first son when I was 33 years old. When my husband and I went to our 6-hour long birthing class at our hospital, I pretty much tuned out during the breathing exercises. Everything they told me about what you could do to help during labor if you went without drugs or an epidural basically went in one ear and out the other. I just knew I wasn’t going to need those tips.
Social media isn’t any better, finds Dr. Shannon Clark, an OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. “Social media has allowed people to one-up each other on their birth horror stories,” she says. “You hardly ever hear, ‘I went in and I had a good labor and I delivered my baby,’ because that’s not catchy.”
Welcome Babymoon! Now that’s just a fancy word for a short holiday for expectant couples, usually scheduled somewhere between morning sickness easing off and getting close to the birth or you getting too big to want to go anywhere. This is often a last chance opportunity for parents-to-be to pack a small bag and head off somewhere without needing to worry about anything but themselves. Now, what to pack!?
Whoever said it’s about the journey and not the destination has never flown economy while pregnant. Whether you’re on vacation or a business trip, the usual indignities only get worse when you’re expecting—crowded seats feel super-cramped, and dry, recirculating air does extra damage on pregnancy-sensitive skin.
When you’re pregnant, you get used to asking your doctor (or the Internet) about basically every medication that goes into your mouth, including antibiotics. With all of the warnings and precautions it can feel like you need to avoid all medication during pregnancy, but that’s not always possible—especially if you wind up with something like a urinary tract infection (UTI).