Stop terrifying new mothers-to-be with birth horror stories - focus on the positive
Men sit in pubs sharing 'war stories' about sports injuries while women tend to do the same with birth stories.
"Try pushing a pineapple out your nose", "Place your index fingers in the two corners of your mouth and pull your lips over your head" . . . the charming descriptions of labour are endless.
On my first pregnancy, I found myself cornered on many a night by women telling me horror stories about births and the many things that can go wrong. I was regaled with tales of forceps, internal and external stitches, blood and guts. It was rare I heard a good story. I don't ever remember anyone saying: "Don't worry, it's a fantastic experience."