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What Your Momma Never Told You About Childbirth: Marianne Ryan (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of physical therapist Marianne Ryan’s talk titled “What Your Momma Never Told You About Childbirth” at TEDxWilmingtonSalon conference.

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Pregnancy and Childbirth: The Journey Begins

Pregnancy and childbirth can be an amazing experience. I remember how excited I was when I first found out I was pregnant. And I couldn’t wait for the day I was going to hold my child in my arms. But along with the excitement can come some physical problems that can become permanent, like back pain, pelvic pain, a leaky bladder, and a flabby tummy.

From the moment we become pregnant, a special bond forms between a mother and a daughter. I remember all the great advice my mom gave me, and I still hear her New York accent. One day, when I was complaining about morning sickness, she said, “Don’t worry, Marianne, I know how to handle it. Just put a plate of saltines on your night side table, and every time you get out of bed, eat it.”

Okay, it didn’t work, but okay. She also suggested I use supportive shoes, and then she bought me a pregnancy girdle, and this thing was huge and made out of rubber, and it was supposed to stop back pain or prevent it, and I never used it. But she did give me lots of good advice, because she wanted to make sure I had a healthy pregnancy.

Preparing for Parenthood

And she wanted to also make sure I was fully prepared to take care of her grandchild. So that’s why she shared so much information about what it was like to be pregnant herself, and gave me great tips on how to prevent, or how to take care of, my newborn baby. But what I wonder, with all of the tips and advice my mother gave me about pregnancy, why didn’t she warn me about what might happen after I deliver? I mean, she had plenty of opportunities.

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