The popular saying one man’s meat is another man’s poison buttresses the many experiences of women during labor .

The scary stories about labor that have been heard and retold over time has made may women scared of labr even before they experience it .
We will be discussing the many misconceptions that have come with labor and the accompanying myths.

LONGER LABOR FOR FIRST TIME MUMS

Most first time mothers have heard it said over and over again that first time births usually take longer, while second births are much easier , this in itself is not always true , because there have been countless first time mums who have had very brief and short labor and their babies been delivered within minutes of the start of contraction. While some second time mums have still experienced longer labor

SPICY FOODS INDUCE LABOR

We all know spicy foods help in aiding digestion but there is no known scientific proof to show that eating spicy foods will induce labor. It might just be pure coincidence that an expectant mum had spicy food and immediately went into labor . if this was really true , then all hospitals would recommend eating of spicy foods for this sole purpose .

WATER BREAKING

Not all women go through labor with their water breaking, sometimes contractions start before the water breaks and your water might break without you going into labor .

LABOR IS SUDDEN

This is not quite true , because labor is quite a long process and comes in various stages. The first stage of labor begins with contractions , which will cause your cervix to begin to dilate and thin out until it is fully dilated and the pain becomes progressive and painful . The second stage is the full dilation of your cervix , meaning delivery is imminent , while the third is the expulsion of the placenta from the wall of your uterus which may be quick or may take time to come out .

PAIN COMES WITH LABOR

Not all women experience pain during labor , surprising as it may sound , there have been women who didn’t go through this . It is important to note that no two bodies are the same , what one may call pain may be pleasure for another. Labor is different for everyone , with each having a unique experience .

C- SECTION IS FOR LAZY WOMEN

There was a time when giving birth through cesarean section was kept secret because of the stigma attached to it , it was believed that a woman who did not give birth naturally and experience pain was considered lazy , as she didn’t have to push the baby, but have the doctor bring the child out of her .While it might seem like an easy birth, women who give birth through vaginal birth do not undergo all the stress of recovery that women who undergo C/S. Bear in mind that a C/S is a major surgery and the healing and recovery process is quite slower than that of a vaginal birth.

EASY BIRTH WITH WIDE HIPS

Having wide hips in no way has anything to do with having an easy delivery.
Some women may look wide but still have a small and narrow pelvis which can be quite difficult during delivery .

LABOR LIKE YOUR MOTHER

Where this idea came from is still a mystery, that you are bound to experience labor like your mother is unfounded .That is ,if your mother had a smooth delivery you will have the same .there is no evidence to prove this .