When it comes to my time to deliver baby #2, some in my family have suggested that I should top the woman at a Boston hospital who danced the “Tootsie Roll” during labor, even while her water broke. Maybe I should twerk during labor?
Yuki Nishizawa’s labor dance has gone viral. And I thought that my first labor was too public. It went something like this: my husband and I were walking up and down the hospital hallway, and my contraction would release its special brand of torture every time we passed the window looking out onto the waiting room. As a room full of people looked on, I probably appeared as though I was giving an Oscar-worthy performance of a woman in labor — the agony and the ecstasy. Okay, it was just sheer agony.
Please don’t hate me for saying that labor is torture. Yes, the birth process is beautiful and amazing, but damn, it hurts!
What can I do differently the second time around? I would do anything to alleviate the serious pain of contractions. But would I go so far as to twerk during labor or Tootsie Roll? Yes, I might, but I’m not sure I’m brave enough for it to be posted on social media. The waiting room audience gawking at my last labor was enough. When I twerk to help my baby see the light of day, it’ll be in private.
This brings up a side question: can women in labor be sexy? Not that we give a flip about it at the time, but social media has proven that women can be sexy just before labor, and even twerking as a possible a way to get the process going in the first place. Check out this viral Youtube video with over 11 million views.
How did you alleviate or survive the torture of labor? Did you do anything funny to get your labor going? Share your stories in the comments section.
Congratulations to Yuki and all new mamas who survived labor!