15 gifs that perfectly sum up what it feels like to give birth

Birth Gif Thriller

Perhaps you were hanging out on Facebook recently when we asked you to share – in one gif – what birth feels like? Here’s the best of the best of that post, guaranteed to make you wince and cross your legs at the very same time!

1. When we lowered our expectations

Perception is classical music, someone mopping our brow and an in-tact pelvic floor. Reality was a little more like this…

2. When we were misled

The lady at the prenatal class assured us that panting and blowing and thinking about the deep, cool sea would help – and now we want our money back; she was a freaking liar.

Everyday Amy Poehler GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

3. When our birth plan was ignored

Who knew our pubic hair was going to stop a baby coming out?

Edward Scissorhands Art GIF by Tech Noir - Find & Share on GIPHY

4. When it was easy as one, two, three! Wait. What?

Um. Actually. No. Further proof that the portrayal of birth on screen is a gosh-darned lie. Who posted this one?! Get on the naughty step!

Damon Wayans Baby GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

5. When we were breaking

Oh gosh. This is going on forever and all we want is a nap.

Greys Anatomy Help GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

6. When our genitals were everybody’s favourite thing

Take a picture – it lasts longer.

Birth GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

7. When it’s like sands through the hourglass

We had heard the stories about long labours, but this is ridiculous.

Demi S GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

8. When you just want everyone to let you push out a watermelon in peace

But the entire hospital staff wants to see your baby’s birth/your vagina.

Birth GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

9. When things are a bit of a squeeze

And this popped into your head when you heard the word “forceps”.

Cat Tongs GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

10. When we changed our minds

Because things are taking a really long time and we can’t even anymore.

Breaking Bad Nothing GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

11. When we didn’t mean that thing we said about natural childbirth

Because when they said pain, we didn’t think they meant that sort of pain.

Bomb Pop Workaholics GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

12. When it was really, really hurting

That sort of pain! Argh. 

Pain GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

13. When it was leaving a bad taste in our mouth

This is not what we signed up for…

Wednesday Addams Drinking GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

14. When all the emotions are happening

It’s just a lot, you know? We’re having some feelings.

Scared Horror GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

15. I can’t even. Make it stop.

When we realise that we will be in labour for the rest of our lives.

Struggling Homer Simpson GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Do any of these reader-submitted gifs remind you of your own labour and birth?!

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