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

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If you’ve spent any time at all on Facebook, you’ll already know the power of the pithy gif. That little animated image that sums up everything you want to say on a topic in one hilarious moment. So it stands to reason that gifs are the great communicator when it comes to something as complex as labour and birth. Because if you don’t laugh, you just might cry, right?!

Here are the best birth gifs we’ve seen, all guaranteed to make you wince and cross your legs at the very same time!

1. When we lowered our expectations

Birth story daydreams include classical music, someone mopping our brow and an intact pelvic floor. The 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 nether regions resemble forests

Who knew our pubic hair could become that thick and luscious?

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

This is going on forever and we just want it to be over.

Greys Anatomy Help GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

6. When our genitals were everybody’s favourite thing

Take a picture – it lasts longer.

7. When it’s like sands through the hourglass

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


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

But the entire hospital staff (including the ones ‘in training’) want to see your baby’s birth/your vagina.

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9. When things are a bit of a squeeze

And this popped into your head when you heard the word ‘forceps’.

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.

12. When it was really, really hurting

That sort of pain! Argh. 

13. When you could really go a stiff drink

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 Season 9 GIF by The Simpsons - Find & Share on GIPHY


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