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7 Horror Stories No New Mom Wants to Hear

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When I was pregnant, I became a magnet for strangers sharing their traumatic birth stories. All this did was frighten me about the future. I learned that people like to share their horror stories, maybe because it's therapeutic to talk about it.

That's great and all. But we need to stop sharing these stories with expecting or new moms. It doesn't help them in any way and just feels rude.

Here are seven stories we can do without.

1. You're having a C-section? Let me tell you about how my scar ripped open!

Expectant mamas approaching a C-section get all sorts of horror stories—often with a side of judgment. You'll hear about how your baby won't properly bond or how you'll have trouble breastfeeding. Some might even insinuate it's not a "real" birth.

But the worst stories you'll hear are those about scars that didn't heal properly and life-threatening infections. Unless you are asked, please don't share the more gruesome details of your medical history with pregnant moms.

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2. I see you're pregnant, here's my traumatic birth story.

My theory is that moms share birth stories the way old guys share war stories. Clearly, we've all been through stuff. But birth stories are also highly personal. You wouldn't think so though with how freely traumatic ones are shared—by strangers, no less. They labored for days. Their episiotomies were epic. No thank you.

3. You will never sleep again.

This one is quippy and people like to say it in the strangest of places—grocery checkouts, elevators, ATM lines, shoe stores. Usually shared by older parents, it's supposed to be a playful poke in the ribs. You hear it so often it becomes trite like, "Nice weather." But it's also its own proper horror story.

Sleep deprivation is no joke.

If you feel like you're getting the hang of this motherhood thing, it's only a matter of time until someone tries to rain on your parade.

4. Just wait till he's older.

If you feel like you're getting the hang of this motherhood thing, it's only a matter of time until someone tries to rain on your parade. Oh, he's walking? Just wait until he starts climbing. Over the toddler stage? Let me tell you about my teenagers. Don't tell new moms it's going to get harder. Instead, offer help or guidance with the stage they're in right now.

5. Did you hear about that daycare that lost/hurt those kids? Aren't your kids in daycare?

Look, we read the news stories that come across our timelines. That in itself can be too much. But when people who know your child attends daycare bring it up, the fear mongering comes with a twinge of judgment. Waving goodbye each morning is hard enough. New moms don't need daycare horror stories.

6. Kids ruin your relationship.

"Did you hear about so-and-so? Yeah, they had a baby and now they're getting a divorce." There's no doubt that when two people become parents it changes their lives. Admittedly, that is a hard adjustment. Sometimes these breakup stories are shared as a warning. But you'll find just as many, if not more, people who feel the opposite is true: family strengthens their relationship.

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7. Congrats on your newborn! I got pregnant with my second when my baby was three months old.

Whoa. Not all of us are looking to get pregnant again so soon. But thanks, I guess, for reminding me about birth control.

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