Ok....I am pregnant and I am going to have a baby - what should
is scary, exciting and confusing all at once. The most obvious
changes are physical; weight gain, skin reactions, holding excess
water, thick hair, etc... but there are emotional changes as well.
Many pregnant women report mood swings, a sudden concern for the
state of the world, and bouts of euphoria. Some women experience
a sense of awe at their bodies and feel energized by the experience
while others feel sad and frightened.
Every pregnancy experience is
different and complications do occur. A normal pregnancy will
see you putting on weight, having cravings, feeling both very
tired and very energetic at different times in the course of the
pregnancy, and at the end of the pregnancy feeling tired and uncomfortable
and ready to get the baby out.
is frightening, it is exhilarating, it is exhausting, it is awe-inspiring
and it hurts. It hurts a lot! In the late stages of pregnancy
the baby will "drop" moving down into a birthing position.
Your hips may displace in preparation for the birth. When you
first go in to labor it will feel as if you are having very strong
menstrual cramps. Your water may break making you feel as if you
wet your pants. As your body gets ready your cervix will dilate,
and you will feel an increased urge to push. The urge to push
feels very much like the urge to have a bowel movement. If you
have a long or difficult labor you may start to feel tired or
anxious; this is when you will need a birthing partner the most.
When the pushing begins the pain is very intense and you may feel
a burning in your vaginal area as the skin stretches to accommodate
the baby. If all goes well you will push the baby into the world
The second the baby is
out of you there is a feeling of intense relief and joy. Afterwards,
you will have to push again to expel the placenta; this does not
hurt at all. You may need stitches to repair tearing and you will
be given a cold compress to keep on your privates. Going to the
washroom may be uncomfortable for the next few days. Some complications
that may arise include; breech position birth, emergency c-section,
mother fatigue and distressed baby. Trust the professionals to
help you through these situations and know that you are not alone;
very few women have a "typical" birthing experience.
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Article - Dr. Stephen