If you are carrying around another human being, you deserve the freedom please ask embarrassing pregnancy questions. Ask your doctors, friends and anyone else who cares to listen without a hint of shame.
With all the changes your body is going through, hormonal or otherwise, it sometimes feels like it’s taken on a mind of its own. Understanding what’s going on at every stage of your pregnancy is what will keep you and your spouse reassured during the entire journey. You’re not alone.
Questions commonly asked include:
Will I still be able to control my bladder after pregnancy?
Your bladder control may be affected but you should regain full control after the first three weeks to six months of childbirth. If you still have problems after this period, visit your doctor.
Why do I get serious indigestion and gas?
It is common to experience bloating, constipation and indigestion during pregnancy. This is because there are higher levels of progesterone in the body. This hormone relaxes the muscles in your gastrointestinal tract which in turns slows down digestion which can lead to gas.
Later in your pregnancy, your uterus grows, shifts your intestines and crowds your abdomen. This further slows digestion and pushes on your stomach and increases the feeling of being bloated.
If you suffer from these embarrassing symptoms, there are a few things you can do for relief.
- Move about. Provided your doctor has given you the ok, exercise can help stimulate digestion and get things moving along.
- Avoid foods that may cause gas e.g. fried or fatty foods.
- Watch what you drink. Drink from a cup or glass – not from a bottle or through a straw – and avoid carbonated drinks.
- Don’t eat big meals. Try several small meals throughout the day.
Can having sex affect my baby?
This is a concern shared by many expecting parents. Every pregnancy is different however there is no medical evidence to suggest that any harm will come to your baby during sex.
However, at certain stages of pregnancy, you may be advised not to have sex especially if you have a history of miscarriage or premature labour, or if you have a low-lying placenta.
Will my sex life be different after childbirth?
Some couples may have issues enjoying sex and intercourse may be painful. If your vagina is dry, this may be caused by a number of factors – post-pregnancy hormonal changes, your body may still be sore from childbirth or even breastfeeding (which can cause a reduction in vaginal lubrication)
It’s important to communicate these physiological changes to your partner so he understands and dealth experts recommend the use of lubricants to ease friction during this time. Always speak to your doctor if sex is still painful after several weeks.
Will I poop during labour?
This can happen if the rectum is full during labour, and pressure is placed. Don’t worry because everyone present in the labour room will be more interested in bringing out the baby safely than anything else. The midwives have seen it all, trust us.
What if my water breaks in public?
Everyone has watched at least one or two hilarious movie scenes with torrents of water pouring down as the pregnant star exclaims “My water has broken!” in public. The chances of such volumes occurring in real life, however, are pretty slim. You can instead expect continuous trickling of fluid, of which you can simply excuse yourself if in public.
Would “down there” stay expanded?
There is likely to be an expansion after childbirth, but for how long depends on a number of factors – genetics, your baby’s size and the number of children had in the past. Regular Kegel exercises should help with tightening over time, as well as certain surgical procedures you can speak to your doctor about.
Where is all this body odour coming from?
Again, it’s the hormones. Your body’s metabolism has also gone into extra gear, hence the increased sweating that causes the odour in the first place. Simply double up on deodorants and showers and you will be good to go.
We hope these help.
Fortunately, you and other pregnant mums-to-be never have to go through the journey bewildered. The Avon HMO team is always there to hold your hand and guide you from start to finish, covering your prenatal visit and delivery costs and sending useful health tips along the way.
Enjoy the process!
Sources: Parenting.com, Web MD and BabyCentre