Expecting mothers, especially the first-timers, do have a lot of things in mind about the process of childbirth. Since those who have experienced childbirth themselves would most likely not disclose very private information about their own experience, it can be difficult to find answers to their questions through them. In line with that, we have collected common questions about the happenings before, during, and after delivery, and we researched the answers for each question:
- How will I know if my water breaks?
It could feel like something popped inside you, or if you feel that you became wet all of a sudden. It could also be mistaken for urine that you cannot hold back. There are times when labor comes first before breaking your water, and they could happen at the same time. Also, there are two kinds of waters: the fore water and hind water. The sensation would be more obvious for the fore water, while the hind water breaking may not be much obvious.
- Is it safe if blood comes out right after?
It is possible to have blood come out right after breaking your water because a certain type of mucus, scientifically called operculum, coming for the cervical canal comes out before or during labor. It is a sign that something is happening inside the cervix, and blood can be combined with the mucus.
- How does labor pain feel like?
It will depend on the stage of labor, the baby’s position, and how you experience pain. The first stage of labor may feel like period pains, while others may feel something much more than that. As the labor progresses, contractions get more frequent, in which the third stage is when the contractions and pain are the strongest. If the baby is facing the front, labor pain would feel like a back ache, while if he baby is facing the mother’s back, she will experience pain in her abdomen.
- What is an epidural anesthesia?
It is the most common method for pain relief during labor. Women who have low pain thresholds and fear of the labor pain can go through an epidural. Also, special cases of delivery may require the use of an epidural.
How will an epidural affect me and the baby?
An epidural will relieve you the pain of the labor pain and make you feel more relaxed during the whole operation. Fatigue and irritability can be minimized. Also, you can stay awake in case of a C-section.
On the other hand, an epidural can bring about several side effects such as numbness of the lowerbody, headache, backache, shivering, nausea, difficulty in urination, and soreness in the area where it was injected. It will also cause low blood pressure and weaker contractions. Thus your blood pressure and your baby’s heart rate will be closely monitored. The doctor may also give you medicine to make up for your weak contractions.
- Can the umbilical cord get stuck or broken?
There is a possibility that the umbilical cord can be stuck or broken during labor, but do not worry. The doctor or midwife will know how to deal with these issues; you will only need to follow their instructions on panting and pushing.
- What happens to my vagina after giving birth?
Perineal trauma happens to a lot of women who undergo vaginal birth. The most common causes of perineal trauma are haemorrhoids and perineal repair. The doctor or midwife will tell you instructions on how to deal with it.
- How much time do I need to be completely healed?
It depends on the depth of the perineal tear or cut you will experience. Appropriate hygiene, constant changing of sanitary towels, and watering down on the stitches are musts.