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10 Things No One Tells You About Labor

It is Empowering

You may have a delivery room filled with helpful onlookers, but you're the only one who can really tackle the business at hand. The sudden and irretrievable knowledge that your baby will make his entrance (even if you are alone or have changed your mind) can be a bit unsettling. And empowering.

There's something to be said for digging deep and seeing what you're made of. This phenomenon is also why reality shows featuring blood-sweat-and-tears fitness boot camps are so popular. The next time you watch an episode, look for the common thread: Confidence created by hard work. Having a baby may seem like one big event, but it's actually comprised of dozens of small occurrences rolled into one life-changing arrival. And you're the star of the show.