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5 Things That Happen Before, During and After Childbirth 5 Things That Happen Before, During and After Childbirth
Giving birth can be different for each woman but a lot happens to your body in the process of childbirth. The Royal College of... 5 Things That Happen Before, During and After Childbirth

Giving birth can be different for each woman but a lot happens to your body in the process of childbirth. The Royal College of Midwives has put together a list of surprising things that may happen before, during and after the process of childbirth. These things are worth knowing.

  1. What You Feel When Your Water Breaks

For some women they may feel a popping sensation but for others they may not feel anything except they notice that they are wet. Which may be confused for something else.

2. How Labour Feels

This depends on a lot. The position of the baby can affect where and how women experience or feel their labour. For some women the beginning of Labour can feel like period pains while some will feel a heavy dragging sensation deep in their pelvis and legs.

If the baby is facing the woman’s back then labour is often felt at the front – across the abdomen. Some can feel it like a surge.

If the baby is facing to the front with its back to the woman’s spine (known as occipito posterior) then labour can be felt mostly as back ache.

3. Your Baby May Open Its Bowels During Labour

If the foetus becomes distressed in labour it will open its bowels and pass meconium which will stain the normally clear or straw coloured liquor (amniotic fluid) green or black.

Meconium is a soft greenish black sticky substance that sits in the baby’s gut.

It is there from about 16 weeks’ gestation and is made up of matter the foetus has swallowed and generated in the intestine during pregnancy.

 4. The Umbilical Cord Might Get Stuck

When the baby’s head is born the midwife may ask you to stop pushing and pant.

Some midwives may feel for the cord around the baby’s neck.

If the cord is felt, an attempt will be made to create a loop of cord to allow delivery of the baby through it.

 5. Healing Time Varies

The deeper the tear or cut, the longer it may take to heal. Michelle advises to maintain a good level of hygiene, change sanitary towels every time you use the bathroom.

It may also help to pour water over your stitches at the same time as passing water to dilute your urine and reduce any stinging.

Credits: The Mirror

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