7 Things NOT to Say to a Woman Who's Just Given Birth

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My Labor Was So Much Worse
No one likes a "one-upper" and you gain nothing by trying to do so. You can share your story too if you are all talking about birth, but don't be that ... more 
Photo by: photostock
My Labor Was So Much Worse
No one likes a "one-upper" and you gain nothing by trying to do so. You can share your story too if you are all talking about birth, but don't be that person.
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Fri, Feb 15, 2013 4:58 PM EST
After the birth of my first child, I can be honest and say I was not really prepared for all the emotions that would come flooding in. I was prepared for the intense onset of love for my baby, the possibility of depression, and the baby blues as hormones regulate. I was prepared for the soreness, the fatigue and, to some degree, the changes it would have on my body. But I wasn't prepared for some of the strange, insensitive comments I received, or for my emotional reaction to these comments. No one should ever be told insensitive things, but it can be especially hurtful after birth - especially so if you're criticizing her choices, things that are out of her control, or her body. Here are 7 things not to say to a woman who has just given birth: -- By Devan McGuinness



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