There's a lot that's going on during childbirth. And regardless of whether you've been pregnant and given birth before or you're going through it all for the first time and trying to prepare yourself, you don't necessarily know exactly how everything related to the birth will go. You might want to know about some of the freakiest things that happen during childbirth because it can help you feel like there might not be as many potential surprises during a process that's both one of the most natural there is and also can have a very particular way of making you feel like you have no control whatsoever over what's going on as it's happening.
Even if you've had a whole mess of kids before this particular childbirth experience, every birth, like every pregnancy, can be different. And while, of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that something will happen each time that's scary or weird or unexpected or different than what happened the last time you gave birth, there are some things that you might not know that much about — or want to give much thought to — that could actually happen. Knowing about some of the freakier things that can happen during childbirth might make you a little bit nervous, yes, or it might make you feel like you have a better idea of what could potentially happen. That doesn't mean it'll be less scary or weird or embarrassing, but at least you'll have an idea of what's going on and what might be coming.