im glad I read this thread, because I had like NO afterbirth contractions at all with DS#1. So if I do after this one, i will be a little prepaired for it.
This is prolly TMI, but I had no idea what pushing was going to be like. And they had me start when I was still 9cm, because I wouldnt progress any further. I was not expecting to have to hold my upper body up myself and PULL my knees into my chest (what, no stirrups?), and the KIND of push it was, (simliar to a BM) I was so unprepared for that, i was actually holding back a little, because i was AFRAID of having a BM or peeing while I was pushing. It all seemed a little strange and unnatural, and I ended up having to push every 5-7 minutes for about an hour in a half! Finally, the nurse, who was fantastic, suggested maybe I get on the toilet and act like I am having a BM, see if that helps. Sure enough, I was on that toilet for 2 pushes and he was crowning. When she got me back into bed, she looked at me and said, Dont tell the doc i Had you do that, she'll kill me, i said, Hey, it worked didnt it?