Undergoing the entire phase of pregnancy is actually a very serious experience that includes numerous fluctuations and ups and downs. No one can deny that the life of the expectant woman is being frequently put in danger for certain reasons and factors, and that her condition makes her body sensitized to even the simplest influences. As time goes by, conception progresses and the belly becomes larger. Moreover, the excitation, enthusiasm, and also the worry and anxiety, are simultaneously elevated in the mother to be.
The majority of women hold a lot of fright and concern towards the end stage of delivery, which consists of the labor pains and the process of delivery. The provoking agents of these feelings are multiple, but the idea of undergoing anguishing pain during labor, is itself not reassuring.
When the woman gets inside the delivery room, and until she is transferred to her hospital room, a scenario which can be called very special takes place. Some ladies do already have a background about what is going to happen, or expected to happen to them inside, and some others are somewhat oblivious, with their thoughts revolving around pain and the baby. Even those who are enlightened about it still cannot perceive it closely since their eyes have not yet witnessed anything. Therefore, perhaps it is worthy to highlight some of the things which take place when the woman is going through the process of bringing her baby out, and these things are, well, close to be deemed nasty or unpleasant.
15 The Breaking Of Water
This is the preceding incident of delivery and the indication of it in typical conditions. It is expected to happen without any preliminary signs, at any time and any place that comes to the human’s mind, being in the morning or midnight, in the delivery ward, at home while watching TV, or even while waiting in line at the grocery store. The process of water breaking is when the amniotic sac ruptures, expelling its fluid. On the other hand, a small percentage of women have had their water break when it is still not the time for birth.
So many speak about such incidence, expressing their embarrassment and reactions, which vary according to the place it happened, which is often inappropriate. Breaking occurs in different forms, but all of these forms have the same mutual result. Some women experience it as a gush of liquid, while others only experience a trickle. In nearly all cases, it begins the onset of labor.
14 Barf Attacks
Having the laboring woman nauseated and subject to vomiting is highly expected in the delivery ward. It is not a negative indication as some might be thinking. Nausea can be provoked due to previous food intake in the last hours preceding labor or maybe the night before. It is truly disappointing to realise that that delicious meal of last night’s dinner is expected to be expelled from the body because the digestive system has been too irritated to maintain its proper digestion and storage.
The irritation actually covers the entire body systems, not only the digestive. Another provoking factor is the atmosphere of the delivery room, especially with the presence of various odors and views. This explains why hospitals usually do not give solid food supplements to the expectant mum until her baby is brought out. And there is no embarrassment of asking to be given something to vomit into.
13 Peeing Yourself
It may feel seriously indecent and humiliating for some to realize that the baby is not the one and only thing which emerges from there. It is actually exiting its previous home with numerous companions. And for who is thinking the water breaking is meant here, it is actually not a companion of the baby, but an alert that indicates its arrival. Of these other companions expected are urine, and although it is not a constant attendant, it is still very often present.
Normally, urine is expelled out of the body due to a simultaneous contraction and relaxation of smooth muscles of the urinary bladder. This process can also be achieved when the person pushes on their lower trunk. The same act of pushing is requested of the laboring mum, causing the previously mentioned muscular action, and expelling urine in case it is present inside the bladder and enough to be expelled.
12 Deuce It Up
Also, the normal process of defecation results from pushing the muscles of the abdomen to help expel the baby, but instead ended up pushing the anal smooth muscles and expelling the contents of the lower intestine. When the abdominal muscles are squeezed under such circumstances, not only the uterus is affected. Having feces or urine come out when the mother is pushing is something medical personnel are actually used to. They are simply going to promptly clean it way and the mother may not even be aware because there is something much more critical that she is concentrating on.
Some mothers have provided their testimonies about encountering such a situation. They state that they had indeed felt it when they defecated. They express how embarrassed and awkward they felt in front of the personnel and how these feelings were only made worse because the birthing was attended by their husbands, parents, friends, or all of them!
11 Mucus Gets Out
The vagina normally excretes light amounts of mucous, milky or transparent secretions. These secretions provide a protective function, acting as a barrier against harmful bacteria and infections. There is, thereupon, nothing to worry about in case these secretions with the previous characteristics are detected. Similar secretions are present during pregnancy, and yes, they are also prone to be excreted in labor.
One mother shares her experiences by stating that her doctor was checking the area after labor had been induced. When she took out her hand, she saw mucus hanging from her fingers. Such a view can be disgusting and gross for so many, especially for the involved woman herself. However, it is important to highlight the importance of this mucus, which is produced in the uterine cervix. It acts as a barrier here as well, covering the passage to the uterus, which aids in prevention of pathogens. The cervical dilation normally results in the mucus appearance.
10 Bleeding From Down There
Bleeding is relative to birth cases. There are conditions and indications that control the level and severity of bleeding. Typically, a lot of blood during birth means something is not going right. For some women, bleeding accompanies the excretion of broken water and mucus. It is still normally expected to have some blood going out, covering the baby and the vagina.
Anyhow, bleeding is anticipated to be more intense than usual in some cases such as accidental tearing, or episiotomy, which is explained below. Bleeding also can be irrelevant to obstetric procedures. There are multiple cases in which so much blood is observed due to pre-existing circulatory disorders in the expectant mother. An example is coagulation deficiencies. Undergoing caesarean will definitely result in more blood loss. Moreover, it will usually continue after birth, while the uterus expels any left over fluid and blood and begins to shrink and return to normal.
9 A Catheter May Be Needed
Struggling with seriously intolerable labor pain is anticipated. Sometimes, the pain reaches a very critical level that further progression with delivery process cannot be achieved without an epidural. The epidural anaesthesia is administered in the lumbar region of the back in order to block the nerves of the body part located below. The dose is diluted with fluid since it may cause adverse effects on both the mother and the baby if taken at original concentration.
Now that the lower part of the body is no longer sensed by the woman, it is okay to say that she is not responsible for anything that happens down there, as she can no longer feel if her bladder is full. Also, her lower extremities would be so numb that she is not able to stand up and walk anywhere, so the insertion of a catheter to collect any urine is done to eliminate the mother urinating on herself and everything else within range.
8 Maybe Farting, Too
Well, if you hadn’t already thought about it, we are here to let you know that along with urine and feces, gas comes out as well. Again, the labor pain can be so severe that continuing without the epidural aid is almost impossible and dangerous. Anaesthetising the epidural site inhibits the sensations that are located below. Other than uncontrolled urinating or defecating, farting has been encountered in some situations. With all the pushing going on, it is inevitable that whatever is in the colon or bladder is going to get pushed out.
Two women recall what happened when they were in the delivery room. The first one recalls when the nurses were trying to roll her over to assist the process of delivery to go on better, and she ended up farting in their faces. The second woman confesses how bad she felt when she couldn’t help but letting in out in the face of the doctor while she was sewing her from below. While embarrassing and unpleasant, it is also comical after the fact, and, as we mentioned before, the staff is used to it.
7 Baby Covered By This Stuff
The enthusiastic emotions and affection held towards the awaited baby actually do often predominate in these situations. The emotional flow will mask the analyses of the mind, which may be useless during such times. Therefore, what is encountered normally, is that the mum, with a relieved smile and huge happiness takes her baby into her arms and sometimes starts to breastfeeding it. She will be mesmerized by the tiny little creature she is holding.
Sometimes, however, mothers-to-be have some different types of ideas in their brains when they are on the way to deliver. She may have these imaginations that can be called ideal, about having the baby coming out differently. But when the reality time comes, and they see their baby covered up with strange colors (blood, mucus, vernix), feeling sticky, and smelling strange, they get astonished. This astonishment happens for even those who are realistically thinking, but lasts for only fractions of seconds, eliminated afterwards by the motherly reaction of theirs.
6 Baby Doesn’t Look Right
Indulging in imaginations regarding the appearance of the baby involves this point as well. But the real situations vary in seriousness. Expectant mums are often thinking and waiting to see the chubby little human that looks like a copy of her husband or a combination of both of them, having his eyebrows and her hair. When it comes to reality, however, and she finds her baby looking reddish with a squished up face, maybe a misshapen head, with not-yet differentiated or distinguished features, it may be not so pleasant to her, although the baby’s features will become clear as it grows. Therefore, she ought here to have some patience.
Another case is when the baby goes out and promptly taken by the specialist doctors to check on its condition. They may administer some medications to it when needed, which often provokes fear in the mum, even when there is no danger. Having the baby appearing a little bluish is considered normal, and the manifestation of crying immediately after its birth is a must to allow breathing.
5 Oh And The Delivery Of The Placenta
The process of delivery is thought to end when the baby gets out. This fact turns out to be false, because there is still something else to follow: the placenta! The pushing process is not terminated with the exit of the baby, and it should be continued for this purpose. Anyhow, the most difficult part has already passed, and the obtaining of the placenta is a step to never neglect.
Sometimes the placenta comes out automatically without intervention, and sometimes, appropriate procedures ought to take place. A massage can provide assistance, moving the placenta with clots that may be present and expelling them. If the placenta is retained inside, it will stick to the uterus, and the only solution to get rid of it is obstetrical manipulation of the uterine cervix for manually obtaining it. Sighting how the placenta looks is shocking for so many, though some admit their delight to get to see the place that had nourished their baby this whole period.
4 The V Looks Much Bigger
This detail impacts more not upon the delivering mum, as she usually wouldn’t be witnessing anything. It is also not upon the medical personnel since firstly they are used to it in their everyday work, and secondly, they care about the soul of your baby and yours during these moments, more than just focusing on the vagina’s size. But it is upon those people called close, who happen to be inside the room and witness the activity there.
For the baby to be delivered, it has to be pushed out of the uterus/cervix, passing through the vaginal canal and out the vagina, that the husband has always seen as something sexual. Pushing out the baby from this opening resembles pushing out an apple from a nasal nostril. Freaky, right? And the muscular action of the canal and perineum opens up more space for the baby, resulting in the vaginal enlargement and the awaited birth.
3 Tearing Trouble
Episiotomy is often done in the case of complications in vaginal delivery. It is done by making an incision from the bottom of the vagina extending to the anal opening. This aids in opening up more space for passage of the baby in case the muscular contractions are not sufficient to expand the space themselves. It is usually done to prevent the area from actually tearing, which would cause more harm. Also, it is used when the baby is proven to be improperly placed inside the uterus, and sometimes when the conception is multiple to facilitate the exit of the babies.
The concept of episiotomy can be scary for the expectant mum who is usually overwhelmed by many other concerns or struggling from other unpleasant conditions. The incision made by this procedure is made in a very sensitive area, therefore, intensive care must be taken postpartum. It usually takes some time to heal, restoring the previous histological structure, and until that time, it is not surprising to struggle with swellings and painful sensations down there.
2 Looking Like A Science Experiment
Having the baby delivered with wellness and no complications is the essential concern and aim of the doctors and nurses, besides its mother’s safety. One of the methods to ensure this is the monitoring of the baby’s heart rate during the ongoing of labor. It is usually sought when the doctor is unable to detect the heartbeats of the fetus, or in case they are detected, yet with some abnormality. Often it is done just as a matter of course. In addition to the monitor for the baby, mum might be hooked up to other wires and monitors for watching her heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, and she may also have an IV.
The doctor places electrodes on the bump of the mum, and inserts a monitor inside her uterus through the cervix to be placed on the baby’s head (scalp). Hazards or complications are known to be rare here, so there is no need for fright. There is also no worry when the time of delivery comes, because the wire of the monitor is removed with emergence of the baby’s head, and all the placed and inserted electrodes are eliminated as the baby arrives.
1 And Certainly, Pain
Any other detail can be absent for one reason or another, but the presence of pain can be said to be definite. No one can predict or appreciate the amount and bulk of pain the laboring woman undergoes, except for the woman herself. Even if the expectant woman had got previously to witness the delivery of a sister or a friend, and the agony they went through, she is still unable to completely and exactly perceive this agony, unless she comes to experience it in reality.
Of course, labor pain has degrees; it can be easy to keep going on with or tolerate. On the other hand, it can be too serious that further pursuing of the delivery process without an appropriate medical intervention is very likely to bring critical outcomes that impact on both mum and fetus. Providing pain killing medications or an epidural are of the most common methods employed during labor. Also, keep in mind that every woman is different and has a different threshold of tolerable pain. Many women go through labor without any pain relief and others need relief early in their labor. It is always painful, but not necessarily intolerable; and once you see your baby, it just won’t matter anymore.