So many new parents are just like I was: very nervous about the dreaded labor. What will it really be like? What does it feel like? What really happens? These are just a few of the questions that I am going to address, when debunking the infamous labor horror stories.
No matter what pregnancy you are going through you are going to be sick during some part of the pregnancy. Whether it be in the beginning or the end of the pregnancy. If not morning sickness, then you will get a cold. Why? Because when you are pregnant your immunity to bacteria is low, and therefore you are bound and determined to get sick. With each of my pregnancies, I was sick at least 2 times. No matter what I did, how bundled up I was, or what I did to prevent it, I got sick. There is no getting away from it, however, you can stop it from being so bad by cleaning with disinfectants, and making sure that when you go out you are properly prepared for the weather at hand. Some have gotten so sick when they were pregnant that they were hospitalized. Although that has not happened to me, I have heard of it. I am sure if you take the proper precautions (i.e. dressing properly, cleaning, disinfecting, eating healthy) then you can surpass the worse of the cold. The only downfall of it, other than being sick, is that there is not much medication that you can take. When I was pregnant I was so afraid that the medicine would hurt the baby so I took only children’s medicine, and half the dosage at that. Naturally I was sick for about two weeks at a time, but I knew the baby was safe. Just a little precaution that I took, however, when you do get sick, make sure to check with your doctor to see what would be best for you to do and take.
Which leads me to my second pregnancy adventure, the pains. Now these are sick pains, these are pains. Every pregnant woman knows that you will have pains throughout the pregnancy, these pains can be mild to painful. They will not last for more than 5 minutes at a time, however, they sometimes can be sharp. If it gets to be too much you need to make it a certainty that you consult your doctor immediately. However, you will feel normal pains through your stomach all the way to your vagina, simply because there is a growing baby in your stomach. See when you are pregnant your body is having to make more room for the baby, therefore it has to push your organs out of the way. Now I’m not talking like an instant thing where everything is moved, this is a process throughout the entire 40 weeks gestation. The pains are sharp at times, but they will not happen all at once. You may have 1-10 pains in a day, but it should not be anything that would occur very frequently. These pains will feel more like gas pains, and they can be sharp. Once again if you feel query about the pains make sure to see your doctor, however, it is natural to feel pain during pregnancy. The baby has to make room to be in there. The pain that you will feel in your vagina will be sharp, and that is because it is preparing your birth canal. It is widening you so that the baby is able to come out properly. The pains sometimes might feel like a small cramp on the vagina, however, it is more so than not just a sharp pain.
Aside from the pain on the adventure that we’re taking is the infamous hormones. Let’s face it, we’re pregnant. Now you won’t even know if you are being “snappy” at times, sometimes someone else will tell you and you’ll say that you did not know. However, it will happen. Our significant others a lot of the times have ways to deal with it without saying anything until it gets to be bad. You will become upset over something that never used to upset you. You will cry over something that you never thought was sad before. You will start arguments because you feel mad, and then you will cry because your arguing. It’s like a cycle, there is no escaping it, it’s inevitable. Then along with the hormones will be the infamous dependency feeling, but I’ll discuss that in another article. For right now we’ll focus on just letting you in on the truth about pregnancy. This will be a series of articles that I write so make sure to stay tuned, many more to come. The bad was yet forgotten when I touched their little hand.