Being a list person usually helps. You can make grocery list, to-do list, list of things you want to buy, list of things you want to make. So needless to say, you should make a big list of things to do before your baby is born. It is actually super helpful. Here is the list of things you should know before giving birth to your baby!
1. Even After Giving Birth, The Delivery Does Not End
After emerging of the baby, the placenta is delivered. So, do not worry if you still have to do more pushing. But luckily, it delivers quickly, that too without any pain.
2. Due Dates Are Overrated
After months of pregnancy, women want to have a deadline to look forward to. Only 5 percent women give birth on their due date. So, do not get tensed if your baby does not come to the world on schedule.
3. Epidural Does Not Mean You Will Be Completely Numb
An epidural actually works as a pain management system, that can deaden the pain in a woman’s lower part. It is a needle which is placed in the woman’s back administrate. Some women feel uneven numbing in their legs, others can still lift their legs and lower body, some have feeling in their legs but none in their stomach.
Talk to your doctor if you feel a lot of contraction pain, but you do not have to be completely numb for the epidural to work.
4. Without Epidural, You Cannot Even Eat Or Drink
One of the tough fact, because it requires lots of effort to give birth and doing so, an empty stomach makes it harder. So before heading to the hospital, have a good meal.
5. You Will Get A Massage And It Will Hurt You – A Lot!
The doctor or the midwife wants to be sure that bleeding stops before heading home. A nurse will give you the most painful massage in regular intervals just to be sure that your uterus is shrinking, and returning to the normal size.
6. You Have To Wear Mesh Underwear
The bleeding may continue for 6 months, and so women wear mesh underwear, and adult size diapers. So, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.
7. Belly Button Does Not Start Out
Immediately after the birth of your little one, his umbilical cord will be tied off, but for several days, or even weeks a vestige of it will remain attached before drying up, and falling off. It will not be cute, rather will be black and bloody red, but the doctors however deny to loosen or pull them.
8. Discharge From The Body In The Form Of Faeces
This may happen to any of the women, but very less of them accept it. Do not be embarrassed, if it happens to you.
9. Babies Can Look Like They Are Covered In Cottage Cheese
Actually, babies born before 40 weeks have this covering which is known as vernix caseosa. It protects your baby’s skin in the womb.
10. Babies Can Have A Hairy Body
Some babies may be born with hair on their arms, shoulders and even back, and it can be quite dark. This, too, will rub off in time.
11. The Shape Of Baby’s Head Will Change
If the baby is delivered through vagina, the bones of the baby’s head will shrink as they pass through birth canal. They do not regain their round shape immediately, and remain cone-shaped for several days. Use of a vacuum or forceps can worsen the effect.