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Squeamish after labor

I am a little nervous that I am going to be grossed out by the baby being bloody / gooey when she is first delivered. Is anyone else squeamish and have experience with this? Did you hold the baby right after or wait for her to be cleaned off?

  • Katie
    Jun 12

    I was actually feeling the same way as you are and was worried I wouldn’t want to touch my baby right after birth... but truly once you have your baby you will not even think about it. At least for me, I wasn’t even thinking about that. All I wanted to do was hold my baby. I didn’t even want them to take him away to clean him. But honestly if you still feel kinda grossed out by it, don’t feel bad. I’m sure you’re not alone on your feelings:). Good luck!

  • Brittany
    Jun 12

    They put my son on my chest immediately. I was too overwhelmed with love and relief to even think about it being gross.

  • Em
    Jun 12

    My sister gets a little woozy at the sight of her own blood. They tried to put the baby on her stomach right away, but she turned white and my mom warned them she might pass out. Also remember that the vernix is really really helpful to the baby. The world is so big and new and full of challenges they didn’t have inside of you. That’s why they won’t bathe the baby until hours later.

  • Veronica
    Jun 13

    I’m a bit squeamish as well, but when both my kids were born I was so overjoyed that my babies were finally born that I didn’t even have time to think about it. Besides most drs try and clean them up pretty well before you get to hold them. I think you will do just fine.

  • Lucas
    Jun 13

    It won’t as soon as you see your baby

  • Joanne
    Jun 13

    I was on the same boat and I didn’t notice my son was cleaned while I held him. It’s easy to think about before and after but in the moment it’s the least important thing in the world

  • Paulette
    Jun 13

    Babys worth the pain!

  • CTmomx2
    Jun 14

    Lol. These are the posts you write before you go through labor. After you will be surprised you had the time/energy/whatever to come up with these concerns. 🤗 enjoy the ride. Nothing will happen the way you expect!

  • Kimberly
    Jun 14

    When I had my son, they put him directly on my chest, goop and all... I was horrified and totally grossed out... that said, I really didn’t get that maternal instinct until several months after his birth. With my daughter, 14.5 years later, it didn’t both me as much. To this day, my son is totally a mamas boy and my daughter is a daddy’s girl. Lol

  • Whitney
    Jun 14

    Hormones are a magical thing! You won’t even notice.

  • Raqui
    Jun 18

    My birth was on the dry side, wasn’t even messy. You’ll be so happy and shocked baby is out that you won’t care about anything else.

  • Teddy
    Jun 19

    Okay, so my first baby was born very fast (10 pushes) and I had a 3rd degree tear and there was blood everywhere. She shat all over me as thy laid her on me- 9 months worth of sticky black meconium poo that I didn’t get to wash off me for 2 days after. They did not wash her or anything, just handed her to me. WHEN THEY DID MY HUSBAND AND I BALLED CAUSE SHE WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CREATURE IN THE WHOLE WORLD! It was glorious and lovely and amazing and nothing else mattered. Then later we were looking at pictures of her birth and we were like “omg she looks like a nasty little alien that just crawled out of a sewer! How could we be so blind to it all??” Then I had my second baby and though it was a bit “cleaner” of a birthing experience, the same thing happened. Your hormone-flooded brain (your partner’s too if they’re there) won’t notice a thing out of place. It will all seem like glittery rainbows of magical perfection. ...Then the epidural will wear off and the hormones will calm down and you’ll be in agony. I’d worry about the pain more than the goo. 😋😉

  • George
    Jun 21

    If you can watch Game of Thrones you should be prepared.

  • Mary
    Jun 23

    You won't care, I promise. It's a whole different experience.

  • Kate
    Jun 25

    Nah, after labor and such you’ll be like ok cool, when can I take a nap. I thought it would be gross but it wasn’t at all.

  • Kate
    Jun 25

    And there really isn’t blood, they have the thin white coating to protect their skin and otherwise just amniotic fluid which is liquid not goo. Just DONT LOOK AT THE PLACENTA omg

  • Maxine
    Jun 25

    I didn’t see any blood during my delivery. The delivery table dropped down at the end, and even though I apparently lost a lot of blood, I never saw it. Baby had to be taken to the incubator table for a few minutes before I could hold him because he wasn’t crying, so I guess they cleaned him up then, but i don’t remember. I just remember being completely out of it. They asked me if I was ready to hold him and I said I was afraid I’d drop him. Luckily they asked again right away.

  • Christina
    Jun 26

    When that moment happens u don't think about anything but holding yr baby.

  • Ashley
    Jul 07

    Honestly, you won't care about being grossed out because you finally get to meet your bundle of joy ☺️

  • Kymberli
    Oct 10

    One minute I'm pushing the next they pulled my son out and put him right on top of me. I thought to myself "my baby is here! But ewww ewww he's covered in grossness" I was kinda panicking inside with the big mess he was in. He was crying so I ever so slightly pat his back and the mess got under my nails and it really grossed me out. I just kept thinking "why didn't the doctors, nurses, anyone ask me if I'd like him clean before handing him to me. Someone clean my baby" after he was cleaned and I was stitched, I enjoyed the joy of my newborn.