04/10/2014 12:29 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

The Best Moments Of Labour And Giving Birth (That No One Ever Tells You)

This photo was taken right after the newborn baby was born. She is only a few minutes old. The infant is laying on her mother's chest on the hospital bed skin to skin. The photo was taken using natural light provided by the window.

You're pregnant and you're looking forward to having your baby. Well, you were looking forward to it before you bumped into a certain friend - you know the one - the woman whose eyes light up with glee as you tell her your happy news.

Before the words 'I'm pregnant' have even left your lips, she's already launched into a gruesomely graphic birth horror story involving instruments of torture and grisly emissions.

Do you want to hear this?


Is it helpful?

Hell no.

You're already well passed the point of no return - you're going to give birth and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.

But don't despair, for every horror story, there's another tale of a happy moment a mum remembers from her time in labour.

Yes, you heard us right, there are some moments of labour that mums actually enjoy, not just endure. (And no we don't just mean when it's over and you get to meet your baby!)

In order to act as an antidote to the horror stories you'll inevitably hear before your due date, we asked Parentdish readers to share the moments of giving birth that they enjoyed the most.

Here's what they had to say:

"Hearing my waters pop whilst making a cup of tea!! So exciting!" - Emma

"The best is my eight-year-old trying to calm me down and asking if he can massage my back." - Jihane

"The relief of seeing the ambulance in the distance, was almost as good as seeing the relief in my husbands eyes." - ​Rebecca

"The journey into hospital. The calm before the storm when it was just hubby and me. We had a nice chat and he kept me relaxed when I felt like I was going to explode." - Amy

"The nervous feeling of the unknown to come. The excited/terrified feeling." - Sarah

"Being raced from triage through to the labour ward squatting on a wheelchair. Catching the horrified expressions of a couple of other ladies in there for a check-up as I mooed through a contraction was particularly hilarious." - Amy

"Laughing gas." - Amy Lou