We know to expect contractions, pain, episiotomy and or vaginal tearing. But here are few lesser-known events that can also happen when giving birth.
Here are a few other events that catch mums off guard. Some are harmless while others sometimes need more urgent care.
Yes, you read that right. The same muscles used in pooping are used during delivery so you might slip. Nita Landry, M.D., an ob-gyn who practices across the country and co-host of The Doctors says “It’s common for women to have a bowel movement during labor and that actually means the proper muscles are being used to push the baby out”- Source, Parents.com
Nausea and vomiting may occur during active labor. If you end up puking, don’t hate yourself! To reduce the chances of this happening, it is recommended not to eat during labor.
3. Retained Placenta
Once your baby’s out, the next should be the placenta within 30 minutes. If this doesn’t happen, it is called “retained placenta”. The most common causes of a retained placenta include weak contractions, cervix closing before it has been expelled, or the placenta is attached to the muscular walls of the uterus. Medications to relax the uterus will be administered and breastfeeding may also be suggested to cause the uterus to contract to push out the placenta. Retained placenta may cause fever, smelly discharge, heavy bleeding, and/or constant pain. If the medication doesn’t work, a surgery will be required as it is life threatening.
4. Rapid Labor
We hear a lot of horror stories about prolonged labor but hardly hear about rapid labor. Rapid labor, also called precipitous labor, is when Baby comes in less than three hours after contractions kick in.
5. Rectum Tearing
Rectum tear may also occur during labor. This is a forth-degree tear but thankful, it is the least common vaginal tearing.
Also read: 6 Signs Of Labor To Watch Out For
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