Every woman who becomes pregnant is experiencing it for the first time. And when I became pregnant for the first time with my son I had no idea what to expect. There are hundreds of what to expect books out there on the market but there are more personal things that I would have liked to know that were normal through pregnancy that I was not told. Some of these things are rather personal and embarrassing so not many women like to talk about them, but putting all embarrassment aside and bringing out the natural human body to truth I am here to tell you that some of the things that you may be experiencing are completely normal and part of the human body functioning the way its suppose to. So do not be ashamed or embarrassed, because these things happen.
You might pee yourself when you laugh, cough or sneeze
Yes, it has happened to me and happened to a lot of pregnant women. Even after birth and especially if your pregnant with your second child. Your body changes when you become pregnant. You have all this access weight hanging around on your bladder and you already know it makes you have to go more then normal, but sometimes it may make you go when you don’t want to. It is even normal for a women to full out pee herself if she doesn’t make it to the bathroom in time. But don’t worry, it is totally normal, and you can always blame it on pregnancy, chances are, if your in public then most of the women standing around you have had it happen to them to some extent too.
An incredibly embarrassing amount of discharge
This is one that I had no idea was going to happen to me. It happens to most pregnant women though, where sometimes we feel like we might have peed ourselves when in fact it’s just a bit of access discharge. I know it sounds terribly disgusting but it is totally natural. During pregnancy the cervix increases to help prevent any infections traveling from the vagina to the womb, so your body is totally doing it’s job and you should be happy that it’s working to keep that baby safe!
An increase in Libido
Although this one might not be AS embarrassing, it is obviously something that happens to a lot of pregnant women which leave them wondering what is going on with them. I am here to tell you that your not crazy, nor are you just having a “moment” but your feelings are all too true and to be blamed on your hormones. You an expect this push to happen towards the end of the first trimester and into the beginning of the second. This usually happens because there is an increased blood flow to the pelvic region (aside from obvious raise in hormones), but once you reach the third trimester things might start to get uncomfortable again. Not all women feel this way during pregnancy becomes others may experience sickness, but if your feeling up to it, it is completely safe.
Round Ligament Pain
Why no one had told me about this, I have no IDEA but it was painful and it was concerning at the time because I had no idea what was going on. I used to wake up in the middle of the night frightened and worried and unable to move for a moment as a clenched my hip or side until the pain subsided. Round ligament pain happens usually during the second trimester on up into the beginning of the third. It can cause a sharp pain in the abdomen on either or both sides and can often feel like it is radiating in the groin or hips. This happens because as your uterus grows during pregnancy, the round ligaments stretch and thicken to accommodate and support it, and although it can be painful at times, there is no worry at all because it is completely normal and in fact is one of the top complains during pregnancy.
Not everyone’s water breaks
For some of you, this might be an obvious, but this was something that no one had told me and it is also something you always see happening in Hollywood movies that make a lot of us women feel that were not in labor unless our water has broken. Well I am here to relay the message that this is not always true. In fact it is not uncommon, nor dangerous for a women to give birth to a baby who is still in the amniotic sac. If you have never seen such a thing I encourage you to watch a few videos on you tube about babies being born in the sac. It is quite a beautiful sight to be honest.
During labor you might poop or puke
Yes, labor and birth is quite the site as it is, but did anyone tell you that you might poop while pushing your throw up during your labor? I know, it sounds terrible, who wants to think about pooping, bleeding and throwing up during the birth of your beautiful child but guess what, it happens a lot. It is no wonder though that this might happen because the same muscles we use to push baby out are the same muscles we use often when we are doing the deed in the bathroom. But do not fret or be embarrassed, Dr’s are used to seeing this, besides, you are a rock-star giving birth and not one person cares about a little poo. Oh yeah, and the puking? Not every woman experiences this but it is something that often happens when contractions get strong and uncomfortable. So if you have to hurl, do what you need to do.