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13 Useful Things No One Tells You About Labor

Giving birth to a child is an incredible happiness. And being pregnant with your first child is a sweet, life-changing and yet a painful experience.

Things may turn nasty if you have no clue what to do. You may think you know all about it but when the moment comes you may realize that you know nothing at all. You don't have to be an expert, just take a deep breath and you will find too many surprises.

Here, we have listed some useful facts that nobody has told you about delivery.

13 Useful Things No One Tells You About Labor

13 Useful Things No One Tells You About Labor

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1. Delivery doesn't end after the baby is born.

1. Delivery doesn't end after the baby is born.

After the baby emerges, you still have to deliver the placenta. Don't be surprised when you still have more pushing to do. It is delivered quite quickly and painlessly.

2. Due dates are overestimated.

2. Due dates are overestimated.

There are only 5 percent chances that you are going to give birth on your due date. No need to worry if your human beans doesn't sprout right on schedule.

3. An epidural don't completely numb you!

3. An epidural don't completely numb you!

An epidural help in the form of pain management that can deaden the pain in a woman's lower body. Through a needle, it is placed in her back. Some women have uneven numbing in their legs while others can still lift their legs and lower body. Some have feeling in their legs but none in their stomach. If you are feeling a lot of contraction pain, then you must talk to your doctor, and it doesn't mean that you will be completely numb.

4. You can't eat or drink with an epidural.

4. You can't eat or drink with an epidural.

It takes an enormous amount of effort to give birth. With or without an epidural, doing so on an empty stomach makes it even harder. If you are planning to get an epidural then, eat a healthy meal before heading to the hospital.

5. During delivery, you might defecate.

5. During delivery, you might defecate.

Most of the women admit that they have defecate during delivery. It is nothing new for the nurses. They have seen it before many times, so you don't have to feel embarrassed.

6. New born babies can look like they are covered in cottage cheese.

6. New born babies can look like they are covered in cottage cheese.

A covering known as vernix caseosa protects the baby's skin in the womb. It is commonly seen in babies born before 40 weeks.

7. New born baby can be hairy!

7. New born baby can be hairy!

When they are born, they might have too many hair on their body. They may resemble to monkeys more than humans. They may have hair on little arms, shoulders and even back, and it can be quite dark. This will rub off in time.

8. Shape of baby's head will change.

8. Shape of baby's head will change.

If you deliver the baby through the vagina, the bones in your baby's head will have to compress. They may remain rather cone-shaped for several days but by the time it will be again round shape. Use of a vacuum or forceps can create the worse effect.

9. Someone will give a massage to you!

9. Someone will give a massage to you!

Before going to home from the hospital after delivering the baby, the doctor will massage you so that he is sure that you have stopped bleeding. They will rub your stomach at regular intervals to be sure your uterus is shrinking back to its regular size. This may be your most painful massage.

10. You have to wear a mesh underwear before heading to home.

10. You have to wear a mesh underwear before heading to home.

If the bleeding does not stop when you head back to home, then you may have to wear mesh underwear. These are specially made for new moms to wear with thick pads.

11. Belly buttons looks little and cute.

11. Belly buttons looks little and cute.

Your one umbilical cord will be tied off immediately after birth but will remain attached for several days drying up and falling off. Doctors don't let parents from trying to loosen them or pull on them.

12. Your water doesn't break in a ceremonious splatter at your feet.

12. Your water doesn't break in a ceremonious splatter at your feet.

When a woman's water breaks, it usually doesn't look like a water balloon shattering on concrete. It is more slower and with the gradual flow.

13. Your water might not break just once.

13. Your water might not break just once.

The amniotic fluid that forms a protective sac around your baby can keep trickling all day.

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