I’m heavily pregnant with my first child, and quietly freaking out about the whole childbirth thing. You’ve had five children. What should I expect? And is there anything I can do preparation-wise to make it easier?
Jenny: I don’t think anyone can prepare. Every childbirth is so different. Okay, some things are the same: blood shows on your pants; your water breaks; then there are contractions. And there’s going to be pain. Lots of pain. Pain, pain, pain and more pain. Oh, the pain of childbirth... I don’t want to be reminded of it, actually. I don’t like watching One Born Every Minute. For my first child, they gave me gas, but I hated it. It helped nothing and made it worse. They called it laughing gas, but it was no laughing matter. And I still remember the nurse, telling me, “breathe in, breathe in,” but I could tell she was a smoker when she blew in my face and it only made it worse. There’s not much you can do. Also, if you’re worried about pooing or peeing during childbirth – it happens – see if there’s still this drug your doctor can give you beforehand. It pushes everything out. One doctor gave me this drug once, but I was lucky – I peed and pooed everything out naturally beforehand. I never took the drug. Childbirth can be very messy, it’s true. But I can tell you, even after five children, my vagina’s fine. I’m quite happy.