If your doctor hasn’t mentioned some of the issues I’ll mention here, you’re probably in for a surprise, but don’t worry – these are all fairly easy to deal with during your pregnancy and also keep in mind that every pregnancy carries different symptoms, with different effects on every woman. For an example, some women have morning nausea, while others experience it in another part of the day. Your doctor probably didn’t discuss this with you since there is no scientific ground on which he could base his argument on. Besides, some women consider it a bit too personal to discuss these subjects anyway – not everyone likes to talk about hemorrhoids, diarrhea etc. If you are having any doubts about your baby’s development no matter how silly these might sound, you should always discuss it with a doctor, to relieve it from your chest. Doctors have a lot of practical knowledge and experience which is why they can always tell you something which will actually help you deal with the problem at hand.
Things Which Will Come From You (Other Than Your Baby)
After all of the mood swings, hemorrhoids and other surprises, you might think that your suffering has come to an end! Unfortunately, the closer you are to giving birth, symptoms tend to multiply and intensify. Only in one out of ten mothers the water will break before contractions begin. To some women this doesn’t ever happen, meaning that the doctor will need to manually break this (in case the cervix is already open). How much water can you expect? Well, for a baby right before the birth there is about 500 to 1400 milliliters of amniotic fluid. Some women will feel the need to urinate which can lead to fluid overflow after the layer bursts. Some of the women might have a feeling of drips coming out since the baby’s head prevents any significant leaks to happen.
In any case, the amniotic fluid carries a sweet scent and it’s usually colorless, with your body changing it every three hours. This means that you shouldn’t be surprised if you continue to let out fluids even a couple of hours after the layer broke, all the way down to birth itself. This is completely normal and it’s crucial that you stay calm if you encounter blood or excessive water leaks – it’s also understandable that you might be shocked, so a preparation and proper expectation is something you need to do.
A couple of unexpected leaks might come also, with diarrhea during pregnancy probably being the most common and normal; some women experience vomiting as well with gasses being the third most common symptom. During the pushing phase you might lose control over your bladder or bowels, which is the main reason why enema is used in eastern countries. There are lots of surprises a pregnant woman will need to encounter, but nothing really matches that feeling when the baby is finally crying or sleeping in your hands for the first time.