10 Things That Might Surprise You About Being Pregnant (for Parents)

Things That Come Out of Your Body During Labor

You’ve gotten through the mood swings and hemorrhoids, so you might believe that your surprises are over. But the biggest surprises will likely come on the day you give birth.

During pregnancy, fluid surrounds your baby in the amniotic sac. This sac ruptures at the beginning or during labor, which is the time when your water typically breaks. Contractions typically begin for most laboring women before their water breaks. The amniotic sac may occasionally need to be ruptured by the doctor (if the cervix is already dilated).

For a full-term baby, there are approximately 2 to 3 cups of amniotic fluid, so how much water can you anticipate? When their water breaks, some women may experience an intense urge to urinate that results in a flood of liquid. Due to the baby’s head acting as a stopper to stop the majority of the fluid from leaking out, some people may only experience a trickling down their leg.

Amniotic fluid is generally sweet-smelling and pale or colorless. You lose about a cup of fluid every hour until delivery because your body replaces it every three hours.

During labor, additional, unexpected things could come out of your body. Some women have nausea and vomiting. Others experience diarrhea prior to or during labor, and gas is also typical. You might become incontinent or lose control of your bladder or bowels while labor is pushing.

A birth plan can assist you in letting your healthcare providers know how you would like these and other aspects of labor and delivery to be handled.

When you’re pregnant, a lot of surprises are in store for you, but none will be sweeter than the feeling you’ll have when you hold your unborn child in your arms!

Varicose Veins, Hemorrhoids, and Constipation

Blood pools in veins that have been made larger by pregnancy hormones, causing varicose veins, which are typically found in the legs and genital region. Varicose veins often go away after pregnancy. To help prevent them:

  • avoid standing or sitting for long periods
  • wear loose-fitting clothing
  • wear support hose
  • raise your feet when you sit
  • During pregnancy, hemorrhoids, or varicose veins in the rectum, are also typical. Your blood volume has risen, and your pelvis is being compressed by your uterus. So your rectum’s veins could enlarge and form clusters that resemble grapes. Hemorrhoids can be extremely uncomfortable, painful, itchy, or stingy, especially during or right after a BM.

    Constipation is another common pregnancy woe. It occurs as a result of pregnancy hormones slowing the passage of food through the digestive system. Your uterus may press against your large intestine in the later stages of pregnancy, making it difficult for you to have a BM. Constipation can also cause hemorrhoids because straining to urinate can enlarge the rectus veins.

    Preventing constipation and hemorrhoids is the best treatment. BMs can be kept regular by eating a diet high in fiber, drinking plenty of fluids daily, and engaging in regular exercise. Stool softeners (not laxatives) may also help. Ask your doctor about a cream or ointment that can shrink your hemorrhoids if you do have them.

    1 Allocate time for everything:

    Pregnant women who continued working until their eighth month had babies that were half a pound lighter than those who stopped earlier, according to a study in the Journal Of Labor Economics. You shouldn’t put yourself under additional stress at work because pregnancy can be extremely taxing on your body. If you are unable to afford a break from work, take frequent breaks throughout the day. Related:

    First Trimester Pregnancy: Everything You Need to Know

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