Coping with Morning Sickness
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KAREN KOBAYASHI: You just got your pregnancy test back and it’s positive. Everything seems to be going so well but a few weeks later the full effects of morning sickness kicked in. No one told you that: “Morning sickness lasted all day.”
I’m Dr. Kobayashi; a board certified OB GYN and today we’re learning: “All about how to cope with morning sickness.”
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ANNIE LAIRD: Great. Thanks. Well, let’s go around the studio and introduce all of our panellists. I’m Annie. I’m going to be 36 next week. I’m a government contractor during the week and on the weekends; I take Preggie Pals on the host here. I have three little girls – almost 9 year old, almost 2 year old and then my baby.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: All right. I am Samantha. I’m the producer of Preggie Pals. I’m 22. I am a stay-at-home mom to my daughter Olivia. She’s 19 months old. I do not currently have a Due Day. Olivia was unplanned caesarean and I’m hoping a V Back next time around.
SUNNY GAULT: Hey everyone. I’m Sunny. I am the owner of New Mommy Media which produces Preggie Pals, Parent Savers, Twin Talks and The Boob Group which is our breastfeeding show. I’ve got four little ones at home.
I have two older boys. The oldest is four and I’ve got identical twin girls who are just over 6 months now. I had a vaginal birth with my first born but I have some complications with that birth. So, my second son and my twins were a planned caesarean.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: I’m Stephanie. I am 31 and a stay-at-home mom. I have two daughters – 2 ½ and 9 months old. Both girls were born in the hospital. One was a C Section and my second was a V Back, great.
ANNIE LAIRD: Well, today on Preggie Pals occasional we have news articles or app reviews – different things that we review. So, this was a news article that both struck me and Samantha. We shared over Facebook and said: “We have to cover this on the next Preggie Pals episode.”
So, the title of the article is: “Mom in coma gives birth and breastfeeds her babies.” So, this is here in California. Melissa Carlton, she had what the doctor’s thought was a benign brain tumor. So, they were just going to wait until she gave birth to operate.
Unfortunately, for Melissa she suffered a seizure. Left her almost fully unconscious; she still hasn’t regain consciousness but she has given birth to a baby boy. They put the baby skin-to-skin and the baby is breastfeeding.
Even though she is still in the coma, she’s able to open her eyes. They say that: “She is able to know that someone’s in the room but she’s not able to respond but beyond like opening her eyes.” Which I think is just wild.
SUNNY GAULT: I’m assuming this was a caesarean?
ANNIE LAIRD: I assume so, yes.
SUNNY GAULT: You can’t push if you’re in a comma.
ANNIE LAIRD: I don’t know. Would the body be able to push the baby out?
SUNNY GAULT: I don’t know. Dr. Kobayashi, any ideas on that?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: I would assume it was a C Section as well.
SUNNY GAULT: Yes, that’s what I’m going to say.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: Yes, that reminds me like Kill Bill. Uma Thurman’s character you know. That’s awesome
SUNNY GAULT: I mean it’s amazing that they can do that. The breastfeeding thing, it’s just a testament to all the things that your body can do without you fully even knowing what your body is doing.
I think about that one when I was pregnant. I was like: “My body is creating an arm today. It’s doing this; whatever a lever or something.” It’s amazing that else could happen without you being cognizant of it. This is just a reminder I think of that.
ANNIE LAIRD: You say that Sunny and that reminds me of just the difference between – I begin to breastfeed; I breastfed all my three girls with all of the different sorts of challenges that we have to overcome – but in the end at the end of the day, we were able to make it work.
The La Leche’s big book that they have is The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. If you go to the previous edition, the one that I bought when my first daughter was born – it’s like: “Cradle and cross-cradle.” I’m like: “Of course, you need a stool to put your feet on.” All these stuff you need. It just made so complicated.
The more recent edition it’s like: “Lay back in about 45 degree angle on the bed and then put the baby between your breasts and they will latch.” This is what a good latch would look but then just keep the baby there. That’s it.
They could have made this book about 200 and less pages but they didn’t for some reason. Yes, it’s almost like a totally different book. Yes, it makes me think of: “You know what? It doesn’t happen. Breastfeeding does not have to be that hard.”
SUNNY GAULT: Well think about it.
ANNIE LAIRD: You know the woman in the coma doesn’t.
SUNNY GAULT: I mean what do we do before the book came out? We were breastfeeding our kids for thousands-of-thousands of years.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: Without the breastfeeding help.
SUNNY GAULT: Without a stool, right? It’s amazing.
ANNIE LAIRD: Today we’re going to be talking about: “How to cope with morning sickness.” Joining us here on the studio today is Dr. Kobayashi. She’s a board certified OB GYN and a chair woman of obstetrics at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. Welcome to Preggie Pals Dr. Kobayashi. Thanks for joining us.
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Thanks for having me.
ANNIE LAIRD: Obviously morning sickness, feeling nauseous – what causes that? What do we think causes that?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: So, morning sickness is a very common problem in pregnancy. The exact causes actually unknown; but it does appear very related to the rising levels of pregnancy related hormones and by that I mean: “HCG, Estrogen, Progesterone and placental growth hormone.”
The hormonal theory is thought to be true because you typically see the symptoms get worse when HCG levels are very high during the pregnancy. Also, the more placental tissue you have means you can be a little bit more of a risk for suffering from nausea and vomiting. So, that would include people with multiples like twins and triplets for example.
Also, another interesting fact is: “Those who are carrying a female foetus are a little bit more prone to morning sickness as well because female foetuses produced more HCG.
SUNNY GAULT: There isn’t truth to that because you hear that is kind of a wise tale.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, you do.
SUNNY GAULT: I don’t know there was some truth to that.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, I always heard that and you know that was how with my second, I was convinced that it was a boy. I have said that I had the anatomy scan of like 19 weeks or whatever. I told them not to tell me because I knew. I don’t know till recently. So it was a boy.
It’s kind of makes me look silly. As a Preggie Pals host for over 1 year, I look like pretty silly because I just told them not to tell me. Then, the sonographer was like: “Okay.” She didn’t tell me. So, I bought boy clothes. I do not pick out a girl name.
SUNNY GAULT: I didn’t know that you did that. That was unbelievable
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes. It was Henry.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: Well, it’s a cute name.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, It was a cute name. It’s going to be Henry. I don’t need to pick a girl name. My grandmother was very, very old; about to pass. So, my aunt Esther: “Well, what is he going to be?” She said: “A girl because of lack of morning sickness was the main thing.”
I’m like: “No, I didn’t have a morning sickness not with the first one which was also a girl.” I pushed her out and it’s a girl. Well the first thing I’ve said – the first thing I told the nurse was like: “No. I only have boy clothes.” I feel kind bad about. Sorry Lu.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: Sorry Lucy.
SUNNY GAULT: What are you going to do?
ANNIE LAIRD: Exactly. Dr. Kobayashi, when does the morning sickness normally start for most women?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: It usually starts somewhere between about 5 to 9 weeks and then could continue on up until to 14 to 16 weeks. On average, it lasted about 35 days or so and it really goes at the end of the second trimester. Luckily about 90% are over it by about 22 weeks.
ANNIE LAIRD: Okay. Secondly, you had two girls. Did you have experienced of a morning sickness? What was your experience?
STEPHANIE GLOVER: I did. I begin feeling sick around week seven. It only lasted through week 10.
ANNIE LAIRD: Nice.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: I really only threw up once. It was right at the end of it.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: I think I feel sometimes more that if you throw up, you actually feel better.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: It’s satisfying in a strange way.
ANNIE LAIRD: Like you feel better for a small period of time.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: But then with my second, I think the day after I got the positive test, the world was rocking and it didn’t stop until about 15 weeks.
ANNIE LAIRD: It sounds like Dr. Kobayashi that that’s a pretty normal
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Absolutely.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, because when you get the pregnancy test, you’re probably what – like four or five weeks around at that time.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: I test early like I get early positive. So, I was about probably 5 weeks when I started feeling a little nauseous and I just didn’t stop until about 14-15 weeks.
ANNIE LAIRD: Did you only threw up once in there?
STEPHANIE GLOVER: I never threw up the second time.
ANNIE LAIRD: Okay.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: But it was way more uncomfortable at first.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, it’s hard to live your life with that going on.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: Yes, I had a toddler. I was just laid up on the couch.
ANNIE LAIRD: Dr. Kobayashi, I wonder about that. Does that exhaust you and play into that? Does that make it worst?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Absolutely, yes.
ANNIE LAIRD: Maybe that was part of that too.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: I would believe it. Yes.
ANNIE LAIRD: I know with my second wasn’t bad but then, my first born was 6 years old. So, she was in school. She was really self-sufficient. I’d be like: “Hey Clara, go get that”
KAREN KOBAYASHI: She could give you some saltines.
ANNIE LAIRD: Exactly. Yes, go get mommy a cracker. But with my third, I was seven months – my second born was seven months old when I got pregnant. I was breastfeeding in my supply tank. I was exhausted. Morning sickness like you said: “It was terrible.”
I wasn’t going to tell people at work because it was just like: “When do you tell people?” I didn’t want to tell everybody that I was pregnant and then miscarry.
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Yes, exactly.
ANNIE LAIRD: So, there’s that consideration but I was so sick.
KAREN KOBAYASHI: That you almost have to face up?
ANNIE LAIRD: I looked like the Grinch that is so crisp. I was so green. Yes, my co-workers like: “What is going on?” I’m like: “I’m pregnant. I’m sorry.” So, it’s really good. They sent me home.
But I guess that’s one thing that at least I was trying to say to myself and I don’t know if you and the ladies – you said that to yourself as well. It’s like: “At least that means that it’s a healthy baby.” I don’t know if that’s true or not. Is it more incidents that if you have morning sickness that it means that the body is growing the baby? That baby is going to be healthy?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: It has to do with the levels of the hormones. So, it’s a good sign.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, well I guess as a woman who has had a miscarriage before – it was like: “Well, you know what when I had that miscarriage I wasn’t having all the pregnancy signs.” So, I was like: “Well, maybe if I’m having these pregnancy tests maybe this pregnancy is going to stick around.” So, it did in that case.
Dr. Kobayashi, what percentage of pregnant woman like experience morning sickness?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Actually, the majority of pregnant women experience at about 70-85%.
ANNIE LAIRD: Okay. Samantha, what was your experience with morning sickness? Did you have that when you were pregnant with Olivia?
SAMANTHA EKLUND: I did. So, it started around six weeks. Then, I had it up until around 12 weeks. I had it for like full 6 weeks. I was fortunate enough that mine was in the afternoon because I was still going to college all my classes were in the morning.
ANNIE LAIRD: Nice.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: It worked out conveniently that: “I could get all my classes done and everything and then I could just lay on the coach for the rest of the day.” But I was in a similar situation like you where: “In 6 weeks pregnant, I’m not ready to tell people because there’s still like a danger zone.”
But then, I can’t even go or there were days were I was sick in the morning and couldn’t go to class. It doesn’t look good to just not go to class. So, there were a couple of professors where I had to be like: “Listen. This is what’s going on.” I really don’t feel well. I was fortunate that: “They were all very understanding and it worked out.”
ANNIE LAIRD: That is hard when you were trying to attend. I was in post grad school with my first.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: Showing me up Annie.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, that’s right. That’s nice. You’re bachelors.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: but that’s tough when you’re sitting in class and you’re not feeling well. To try and learn something new
ANNIE LAIRD: It’s hard.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: I had a calculus class that I had first thing at 8:00 in the morning.
SUNNY GAULT: You’ve got to be kidding.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: It was just: “I’m feeling nauseous.”
ANNIE LAIRD: I think Calculus will make me feel nauseous.
SUNNY GAULT: Are you sure it was the pregnancy?
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes. Dr. Kobayashi, what are some uncommon triggers of nausea that moms experience? There were some things that tip moms off.
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Of course, it’s different for everybody.
But, it could be a number of things:
• Stuffy rooms
• Odours like:
• Even heat and humidity
• Visual or physical motion like flickering lights or driving around
• Excessive exercise
• Being tired
• Food with a lot of sugar
• Spicy foods
• Also high fat foods or calculus class in your experience
ANNIE LAIRD: Sunny, what set you off?
SUNNY GAULT: I felt mine just happened regardless of whatever I was doing. I don’t really feel that it was too much that triggered it. I did have food aversions and that would just not make me feel good. But I think that’s a little bit different than just having morning sickness.
For the most part, my morning sickness was in the morning primarily like mid-morning. Not right when I got up but like a 10:00 kind of thing. I was actually telling these girls before the episode started that: “My morning sickness was easier with my twins than it was with my single babies.”
So, I know that a lot of people that’s one of the symptoms they look for in my pregnant with twins because my morning sickness is so bad. But for me, I keep in mind my single babies were boys and my twins are girls. It doesn’t really make any sense and I’ve always said earlier right? I think I would be like double whammy.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes.
SUNNY GAULT: But, it just worked out for me. Then, as far as when it started, I think I would have at least had my first prenatal appointment before it really hit in or hit me. Then, all the way up pretty much to the end of the first trimester. But then, it was gone and man I was glad when it was gone.
ANNIE LAIRD: That’s what the glow is in the second trimester.
SUNNY GAULT: The happiness that no more morning sickness.
ANNIE LAIRD: I’m not morning sick anymore. This is fantastic.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: For me, it was pork. It was awful because pretty much every week, I would go to the store and I would buy pork tenderloin and we would grill it with herbs and all of that. Any herb, it didn’t matter what it was; I cook like raw pork.
I couldn’t handle it anymore which was sad. This is actually something that’s pretty healthy for me like grilled; the other white meat and all of that. This is something good I can offer my baby but I can’t stand the smell of it right now.
SUNNY GAULT: I actually never threw up as a result of morning sickness though. It was just kind of that all over like: “I feel bad. I’m just going to lay there but I never threw up.” Prenatal vitamins forced me threw up at night.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: Yes, I had deserting in the gummies that don’t have any iron.
SUNNY GAULT: Me too. Is it the iron does that?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Yes, it is the iron.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: I’m going to say with just general multi vitamins in general. I can’t because of the iron. So, I take the gummies.
SUNNY GAULT: Yes, I think that’s me too.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: But when I was pregnant, it was even worse.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: I took them at night because I always heard: “If you took them at night then you sleep through some of the nausea can cause.”
SUNNY GAULT: If you’re sleeping when you’re pregnant, that’s the other thing. I’d lie like I’d wake up in an hour and have to throw up because I was up and then I took the vitamins and whatever.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: If I could fall asleep before the nausea hit in then I could sleep through.
SUNNY GAULT: Yes, okay.
ANNIE LAIRD: Well, when we come back we’re going to be discussing: “Some of the different things that you can do to alleviate the nausea associated with morning sickness.” We’ll be right back.
ANNIE LAIRD: Welcome back. Today, we’re discussing: “How to cope with morning sickness.” Dr. Kobayashi is our expert.
Doctor, everybody is supposed to be taking their prenatal vitamins and before the break, we talk a little bit: “How some types of prenatal vitamins women have to take a gummy one instead of a regular one.” But, is there anything in those prenatal vitamins that can help combat morning sickness?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Absolutely. Vitamin B6 can be very helpful with morning sickness and also Vitamin B12, it helps with a lot of the vomiting. Also, if you want to you can kind of get a vitamin as we were talking about that doesn’t have iron in it. It seems to be very upsetting to the stomach.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, did generally like constipates right?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Then as well.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes.
SUNNY GAULT: That’s tough because – what’s the term when you’re low in iron? I’m always anaemic, severe anaemic. When I was pregnant with the twins, I had to take two of those iron pills a day.
ANNIE LAIRD: Chased by a stool softener.
SUNNY GAULT: Yes, right.
ANNIE LAIRD: Exactly.
SUNNY GAULT: But it was like a special, organic whatever and it actually didn’t have that effect on me but that’s besides I had to take it.
ANNIE LAIRD: I think I know what you’re talking about. Was it a pill or was it like a?
SUNNY GAULT: The pills are like little baby iron pills.
KAREN KOBAYASHI: There are different kinds that you can take somewhere a little bit less irritating to the stomach.
SUNNY GAULT: Right.
ANNIE LAIRD: Okay. Are there any kinds of foods with help with nausea?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Definitely. I recommend eating a lot of bland foods like chicken soup or broths, plain bake potato. Sometimes people like to eat cold foods like sandwiches or vegetables or fruits – whatever you can eat. I just would recommend keeping the meal small but as frequently as you need.
ANNIE LAIRD: As you mentioned: “Big high fatty foods and spicy foods.”
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Right. Don’t eat anything too heavy. It usually tends to be more upsetting to people stomach. Don’t get too full; stuff yourself at the buffet or something just because you know: “The more full you are, the more likely you are to vomit.”
ANNIE LAIRD: One, I’ve heard that before is: “Instead of having three big meals, just eating small meals throughout the day.”
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Exactly.
ANNIE LAIRD: Sometimes that can help a little which I guess is the first one being having the crackers right by in your bag.
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Exactly. You won before you even get up. I definitely recommend keeping some bottled water, a couple of snacks, some dry cereal, crackers – something just to put into your mouth and eat a little bit before you wake up and move on with your day.
SUNNY GAULT: What’s up with ginger? Ginger supposed to be good for?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: It does help with nausea. So, eating like ginger snacks or ginger ale can certainly help.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: Once I was fed ginger cookies. Ginger snap cookies.
ANNIE LAIRD: I’m eating this because it helps with my nausea. Yes.
SUNNY GAULT: Otherwise, it’s really, really strong. I don’t know if you guys have ever like had dried ginger or something like that – Trader Joe sells that. I got some thinking: “This is going to help me with my morning sickness.” The moment I took a bite of it like: “That’s going to make me throw up.”
SAMANTHA EKLUND: You don’t take a bite with just ginger.
SUNNY GAULT: Yes.
ANNIE LAIRD: It wasn’t like I was gnawing on it.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: Think of Ginger Chews.
SUNNY GAULT: Ginger Chews, that’s what they were. But, there were really, really strong in there
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, what about motion sickness over-the-counter drugs? I’m trying to think like the Dramamine. Would something like that be effective?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Absolutely and it’s very safe too. So, Dramamine, Benadryl, Anti-histamines, the Anti-histamine Doxylamine is actually used a lot in combination with B6 to help fight nausea. It’s actually found in the sleep-aid called Unisom which is over-the-counter.
ANNIE LAIRD: Okay. Whenever I go on a boat, I guess that sounds kind of crazy of I was in the navy and I got morning sickness. So, I got motion sickness.
SUNNY GAULT: There’s a joke in there.
ANNIE LAIRD: But, I always tell them Dramamine or whatever the knockoff generic brand. I didn’t necessarily need to be Dramamine. Yes, I found that’s very effective. So, that’s good to hear that it’s safe though because I think pregnant moms kind of wonder: “Gosh. What am I putting into my body and everything that you put into your mouth gets to baby – drugs or food or any of that.”
Have you found your clients that have used like acupressure like Sea-Bands? Is that effective or not really?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Sure, it can be effective and there are certainly worth a try. At least they aren’t any harmful side effects. Anything that can help I would recommend trying even things to reduce stress like yoga, anything like that.
SUNNY GAULT: What are the Sea-Bands? Tell me more about this?
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, it looks like you’ve kind of back you’re back in the 80’s which I ain’t fond of it all.
SUNNY GAULT: Like jelly bracelets?
ANNIE LAIRD: No, like they were sweat bands.
SUNNY GAULT: Like thick cloth material?
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, cloth material and it has a little plus like bead on it kind off.
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Yes, pressure.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, it’s around it and then, you have to place it on. So, you put it on like you’re in the 80’s again. You have to place it. I think that was my problem. I didn’t have the acupressure point and then there on the point of like: “These things are crap.”
STEPHANIE GLOVER: It didn’t work for me but it I think it was user error.
ANNIE LAIRD: But that’s all it is.
SUNNY GAULT: You just wear it all the time?
ANNIE LAIRD: You just wear it all the time. Yes and it kind of get sore if you put them in the right place. So Dr. Kobayashi, what are the typical drugs that are prescribed by a doctor for severe morning sickness?
KAREN KOBAYASHI: We typically use medications like Phenegran which is another form of an Anti-histamine. It works very well for morning sickness and also commonly used to treat motion sickness as well in un-pregnant people. Reglan is another good medication. It actually speeds up the emptying of your stomach. So, it kind of speeds up your digestive system; it helps at work.
Exactly and with the hormones in the pregnancy, your whole system is very slow. So, you’re constipated. You’ve got heart burn and you have nausea and vomiting. So, it helps with that. There’s also Zofran which is a very effective medication. We commonly use that and it’s very, very good.
It’s also used for people who are undergoing chemotherapy. So, it’s a very effective medication.
ANNIE LAIRD: Well, yes; that some severe sickness right there.
KAREN KOBAYASHI: Exactly.
ANNIE LAIRD: Did any of you need or not over-the-counter like prescription drugs?
STEPHANIE GLOVER: I have both the Phenegran and the Zofran.
ANNIE LAIRD: That was with your second daughter.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: She just prescribed both and said try because the Phenegran can make you sleepy.
KAREN KOBAYASHI: It can make you very sleepy.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: So, she was like: “This might help with night time.”
ANNIE LAIRD: There you go. But, you have to take care of toddler during the day. So, that doesn’t work for being sloppy
STEPHANIE GLOVER: Zofran, some women respond really beautifully to it. I don’t typically have sensitivities but I responded poorly to it. I only probably took three and I had horrible constipation like debilitating for a few days. So, I kind of had to weigh nausea verses that and so I got off of it. But then, I know so many other women who really benefit from it. I think it’s just kinds of how over your system work.
ANNIE LAIRD: Well, it’s definitely worth talking and having that open and honest communication with your care-provider and saying: “Finding the right fit.” Saying: “Here are the side-effects that I’m having and working and finding – because nobody should have to just suffer through morning sickness.”
Obviously if you can deal it without drugs or just do it by just spacing your meals, closer together, eating less – that’s good.
STEPHANIE GLOVER: Exactly, yes.
ANNIE LAIRD: Different things work for different people.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: Definitely.
ANNIE LAIRD: Yes, great. Well, thanks Dr. Kobayashi for joining us today. For more information about Dr. Kobayashi and her OB GYN practice as well as information about any of our panellists, visit the episode page on our website. This conversation continues for members of our Preggie Pals Club.
After the show, Dr. Kobayashi is going to be discussing with us: “A more severe form of morning sickness: Hyperemesis Graviderum.” To join our club, visit our website www.preggiepals.com.
SAMANTHA EKLUND: Got a Pregnancy Oops story here.
Erin from North Carolina writes:
I went to the hospital last time because I thought my water had broken. Earlier on the day, my husband and I have had sex and I felt too gushes of water and it run all the way down to my legs to my ankles. I figured it was sperm but it was a lot.
Being a worrier and a first time mom, we went to labour and delivery. They monitored me, checked my cervix, took a call sure to come back in and say: “It was just a lot of sperm.” I was so embarrassed but I think the hubby was a bit proud. I was worried so I’m glad we make sure but it will make for a funny story down the road.
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