1. Child labor pain is unlike what you see in the movies.Especially African movies where the woman start screaming and shouting in an instant. No. Most often the contractions start gradually and then increases in intensity. That is labor pain. The frequency and intensity increases towards delivery time.
2. Your water will be broken: The “Water” is actually the amniotic fluid which forms a protective sac around your baby. It will not brake and splash all over like tap water or as if you are in the shower. It will leak out like urine, as if you can’t hold back your pee and may continue leaking for a while. Just like when you are pressed to pee but you cannot get to the rest room fast enough. Use a pad to keep neat.
3. Your water might not break by itself: In some cases, the water does not break by itself. It takes a doctor to break it. In Such cases, the woman might see a thick mucus with blood stain. This is called a Show or cervical mucus plug. If your water did not break, no problem, don’t wait if you are sure of your contractions come in frequently.
4. Once the water breaks, it’s a sign that you should get set for the hospital stay. Relax but don’t have sex. Remember the amniotic sac protecting your baby has being ripped ,the baby is vulnerable and can get an infection. Labor will start within 24 hrs of your water breaking or the doctor will induce labor with drugs.
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5. Which is more painful, Contraction or pushing out the baby? Contraction to many is the most painful while the pushing out is like a climax. Contraction start like the pain from regular menstrual cramps then the intensity gradually increases. Pushing the baby out is like pushing a watermelon out of a lemon size hole. No wonder the use of epidural by virginal birth moms has increased.
6. Epidural the Final Answer. With the long needle of epidural injected by the anesthesiology directly into the spine, the pain is numbed out completely in the thoracic area. No more contraction pain and you don’t feel anything until you need to push. Some women sleep though the whole contraction process.
7. You want to poo, you want to pee. It is time to push out the baby when you start feeling discomfort as if you want to poo and wee at the same time. The nurses will not let you stand up to poo now or else you might drop the baby in the toilet and nobody wants that. Once you start feeling uncomfortable the nurses will know you are ready and your doctor will come in for the action part.
Naturally, you might have developed an understanding with your doctor. You feel your doctor gets you, right? Be prepared if on the D day your doctor is not available for one reason or the other. It first looks awkward, you feel sad….but then you just don’t care. All you want is to get the big ball in your tummy out and see the baby at last.
9. Episiotomy, a night mare. Sometime the doctor might cut the opening the baby is coming out through open just a snip. To allow the baby to come out more easily without tearing the lady up. It’s a gore site so don’t think about it. You might not feel the pain and it heals well later.
10. Vacuuming the baby out. If the heart rate of the is very low or dropping the doctor might use an instrument like a vacuum to suck the baby out. The baby will have a cone head from the ‘vacuuming’ but it will disappear shortly. It might not look nice, especially for your selfie but the thought of having your baby in your arm will make that not to matter much.