There are a lot of different types of medical professionals out there, and some of them are meant to specialize in certain things. For example, there are doctors who specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, and they are usually referred to as gynecologists.
Those who work in this particular field are very well educated in a lot of different things that deal with health issues and concerns that typically only women have. For example, according to wiseGEEK.com, this kind of doctor is who a woman would normally visit when she has her yearly physical exam. Furthermore, they are also trained to take care of pregnant women, as well as new moms who have just given birth.
Additionally, they are great for helping ladies with some pretty serious things. There are many health conditions that they tend to know a great deal about, and they also can be very helpful for those who are expecting babies.
OB-GYNS are really helpful people in general. They can tell their patients how certain health conditions can possibly be avoided, and they can also tell them a lot about what to expect during certain times a woman typically has in her life, such as pregnancy and menopause. However, there are some things that even the best OB-GYNS usually do not tell their patients.
20 Labor Might Make Mom Nauseated
One of the most talked about symptoms of pregnancy is nausea. Furthermore, a lot of pregnant women are known for tossing their cookies, especially during the early months of pregnancy.
However, some moms have a not-so-pleasant surprise when they go into labor. For some women, nausea and throwing up is a big part of labor.
According to motherrisingbirth.com, moms might throw up randomly while giving birth. Others, on the other hand, might be nauseated for a bit beforehand, and therefore vomiting is less of a surprise for them.
Furthermore, this can happen during any stage of labor. This can be caused by hormonal fluctuations, or it can be caused by an exam.
19 They Don't Care What Things Look Like Down There
There are a lot of things new mothers and pregnant women tend to worry about, especially when it comes to medical stuff. However, there are some things women should definitely not worry about when they are visiting their healthcare providers.
One of those things is what they look like down south. OB-GYNS typically do not care what their patient's grooming habits are like, as it usually is not going to affect anything important.
According to womenshealthmag.com, this is something that can be a concern for a lot of women, whether or not they have just had a baby. However, doctors don’t pay attention that things like that.
18 Sometimes The Baby Stays In The NICU
There are many times when a baby and their mother are completely fine and healthy after birth. In cases like this, the child usually does not need any special care that they would not normally receive.
However, that is not always the case. Sometimes babies need a bit more care after they are born than their peers do.
That is where the NICU comes in. This is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and this area is where babies stay if they are not yet ready to be taken home. According to stanfordchildrens.org, most of the children who visit this place are born prematurely.
17 New Moms Might Lose Hair
A new mother will experience a lot of physical changes after her baby is born. However, some of them can be rather surprising, such as the fact that women often lose some of their hair after they have had a baby.
This can happen during the first six months after the baby has been born. But moms who nurse their babies may not experience this right away.
According to whattoexpect.com, mothers who are nursing their little ones may not lose their hair until they start to wean the baby. Nevertheless, a new mother’s hair will usually get back to normal soon.
16 Healing Takes Time
Our bodies are pretty good at healing themselves for the most part. However, one very important factor in this situation is time.
Depending on what happened to it, a woman’s body can heal quite fast or it can take its’ time. In most cases, according to mommybites, the healing process after giving birth to a baby can be a very long time.
For example, a new mom might not feel like she has energy again until a week or so after the big day. Furthermore, there are some parts of the anatomy that can take about a month and a half to heal.
15 Gentle C-Sections Are A Thing
There are basically two ways a woman can give birth. However, there are some parts of both birthing methods that can be altered, which of course depends on the health of the baby and the mother, as well as the mother’s personal preferences.
One of the things that OB-GYNS may not discuss with their patients is something that is called a gentle c-section. According to Mother Rising Birth, it is very much like a regular one.
However, there are some differences that make it more family friendly. For example, if a mom chooses to have one of these done, the curtain will be clear so that she can see her baby being born.
14 Labor Can Be Long, Or It Can Be Short
There are some things that can be hard to predict, and the length of time it will take a woman to have her baby is one of those things. Just like everything else, this often varies depending on the baby and the mother, as well as some other circumstances.
Therefore, a woman’s healthcare provider usually won’t be able to tell her with any certainty how long she will be in labor before it happens. According to verywell family, the length of time labor can last for a first-time mother can range from 12 to 18 hours. However, there are some times when it can last longer.
13 Not Everything Will Go As Planned
Some expecting mothers like to put a lot of thought and planning into the birth of their baby, which is true for many women, and not just the ones who are giving birth for the first time. But something doctors usually do not tell their patients is that the birth plan is not set in stone.
According to everyday family, the birth plan is only a guide. It is not something that can be followed completely, at least in some cases.
Sometimes unexpected things can happen when a woman has a baby. For example, some health issues may cause problems. Life is just not very predictable sometimes.
12 Going Number Two During Labor Is Completely Normal
Giving birth is one of the most incredible experiences a woman can have. Furthermore, it is quite unique, too.
That means that there are not many other events like it, and it is hard to imagine what having a baby is like for those who have not done it. One of the strange things that can happen during labor is going number two.
According to Parents, this is not something moms should worry a lot about. That is because it is very normal, and our bodies use the same muscles for this as they do for pushing a baby out. Plus, there is added pressure to the colon and rectum during this time.
11 Going To The Bathroom Is Not Going To Feel Pleasant Afterward
There are quite a few pregnant women who experience some issues when they have to use the bathroom. For some ladies, that does not change after birth, which can be a surprise to women who did not hear anything about this from their medical professionals.
According to Parents.com, there are various reasons that women may have trouble going to the bathroom after they have given birth. For example, they might have hemorrhoids, or they might have constipation.
Luckily, there are some things that can make this easier. One thing women can do to make this easier is to drink more water and have a lifestyle that contains a lot of fiber.
10 Milk Might Take Its Time
There are often a lot of things moms can find pretty surprising after the birth of a baby. In fact, some have been surprised to find out that their milk does not come in that quickly.
Some say that a mother’s milk will arrive during the three to five days that follow the birth of the child. According to DC Urban Mom, some mothers did not get their milk in until two weeks after the baby came.
If it takes a while for milk to come in, don’t worry. Until the milk comes in, new babies can be fed with formula. Then they can have their mother’s milk when it arrives.
9 Getting The Baby To Latch Is A Challenge
There are a lot of things that new mothers have to get used to when they have a baby, especially if they have never had one before. For moms who choose to nurse their children, one of those things is getting the right latch.
Nursing a child is much more difficult than it looks. According to Milk and Baby, if a child does not have the right latch, it can be painful for his or her mother, thus making the nursing process difficult.
New mothers are often surprised at how difficult this can be. Mothers who are having difficulties nursing should get in touch with a lactation consultant.
8 The Baby Might Not Be The Only One In Diapers
There are a lot of things that happen after birth that are quite normal, despite the fact that they are sometimes unexpected. Furthermore, something doctors usually don’t talk about with their pregnant patients is the fact that they might be wearing a diaper for a bit after the baby is born.
According to self, some other things that hospitals typically offer new mothers is mesh underwear, as well as pads that are slightly bigger than the kind that a woman normally wears during her period. One mother who definitely did not expect this is model Chrissy Teigen, who tweeted about wearing a diaper when she came home from the hospital.
7 Keep Taking Those Prenatals
Any woman who has ever been pregnant knows that taking prenatal vitamins is a very important thing to do in order to ensure that she and her unborn baby are as healthy as they can be. However, some mothers believe that they should stop taking their prenatals after their babies are born, which is not always the best thing to do.
Mothers who choose to nurse their babies should actually keep taking their prenatal vitamins. According to livestrong, what is in a woman’s milk is determined by what she eats, and a baby who nurses get all of their required nutrition from their mom’s milk.
6 Outsiders Will Always Have Opinions
It seems as though no matter what we do in our lives, there will always be someone who gives us their opinion on it, and that happens whether we want it to or not. However, that is even truer when it comes to raising children.
Sometimes new parents ask for advice, and that is perfectly fine. But new moms and dads often face the opinions of others even when they did not ask for it.
According to The Huffington Post, there are some healthy ways to deal with this issue. For example, remembering the fact that your opinion is the only one that matters when it comes to the decisions you make can be pretty helpful.
5 New Moms Might Feel A Bit Anxious, And That Is Okay
Nearly every woman who has ever had a baby is familiar with postpartum depression. That does not mean that every mom has experienced it, but rather that it is something that tends to be talked about a lot.
However, according to postpartumdepression.org, there is another mood disorder out there that some women may not hear about from their OB-GYN. That is called postpartum anxiety, and it often comes along with postpartum depression.
It is normal for new mothers to be a bit nervous. But if a mother finds herself worrying a lot, and it affects her daily routine, she might want to consult her doctor.
4 Cramping Doesn’t Always Mean Something Is Wrong
Moms are often surprised by quite a few things that happen after they have had a baby, especially if the child was their first one. One thing that a lot of women do not expect to have after their child is born is cramping and general discomfort.
Cramping does tend to be a bit worrisome. However, it is rather normal. According to pregnancy-baby-care.com, a lot of women experience cramps after they have a baby. Sometimes the cramping is in their uterus, and sometimes it is in other locations. This is usually just the body trying to get itself back to its’ normal size.
3 Bonding Is Not Always Immediate
Our medical professionals can educate us on a lot of things, but usually bonding with our babies is not one of them. Furthermore, there are a lot of stories out there about how mothers bonded with their child as soon as they gave birth to them.
That is wonderful, but it can leave some new moms feeling bad about themselves if they do not feel that bond immediately. An interesting fact is that sometimes a bond does not happen right away, and that is actually quite normal.
According to nbcnews.com, sometimes mothers are a bit distracted by all the things that come with having a new baby. These mothers typically bond with their baby as time passes. Pregnancy and raising children is different for everyone, which is very important to remember.
2 Aunt Flo Is To Be Expected After Birth
For some people, seeing red down there can cause a bit of worry. However, moms may be surprised to learn that this is actually quite normal.
In fact, some people have compared this to what it feels like when a woman is on her period. Though it easy to see the similarities between the two things, this is quite different from a regular menstrual period, according to pregnancy-baby-care.
Usually, this kind of thing only lasts for a couple of weeks after the baby is born. But it can also last for a little while longer as well. Sometimes it can happen for as long as six weeks after birth.
1 Getting Alone Time With The Baby Might Be Hard
Many years ago, new moms used to get plenty of time alone with their new baby, as there used to be a time when not even the baby’s father was allowed to be in the room. These days, however, things are a lot different.
While it is nice to have the father of the baby in the room during those first few moments after the child is born, there can be such a thing as having too many people in the delivery room. According to Baby Prepping, many relatives want to come visit new babies right after they have been born, which is not always ideal for the new parents while they are trying to adjust to their new life.
References: wiseGEEK, Mommy Bites, Huffington Post, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy Baby Care, Mother Rising, Women's Health, Stanford Children's Health, What To Expect, NBC News, Verywell Family, Everyday Family, Parents, Milk & Baby, Self, Baby Prepping, DC Urban Moms And Dads, Livestrong