Giving birth is an uncontrollable and highly emotional event. A would-be-mom walks into a hospital with huge expectations and stress. It is, therefore, essential to discuss the fear and anxiety with a professional before approaching labour. While there is a huge list of do’s and don’ts, the idea is to follow the basics and prepare for a positive labour.
The fear of C-section:
Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that almost 33 percent of all births are cesarean. However, the chances of a first-time mom going into full-term labour and requiring a C-section is only 15 percent or less. The best way to deal with the fear of C-section is to hire a doula- a non-medical labour coach who accompanies the OB/GYN during delivery. Studies show that would-be-moms who were accompanied by a doula are 40 percent less likely to deliver the baby via C-section. If in case, a doctor wants to schedule a C-section citing complications of delivery, it is wise to consult about the alternatives, risks, benefits and possible complications with him and take a call.
Tackling labour pain:
Labour hurts, that’s a fact. But there are medications that can negate the pain. The good news is that the intense pain doesn’t last very long. The pain has its own purpose - it helps the body to move and take positions during birth. A study conducted by the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice found that parental yoga can be helpful in learning a variety of breathing techniques. It helps to ease a person of discomfort and pain. In addition to breathing techniques, a pregnant woman can learn about a variety of positions that can help to cope up with the labour pain.
The fear of baby getting stuck:
While there are very fewer chances of a baby getting stuck, there are instances where a baby does get stuck leading to vacuum extractor or C-section. It is difficult to make the prediction of delivery based on the width of the hips of the mom, size of the baby or the angle at which the head of the baby is stuck at the womb. It has been witnessed that would-be-moms who are good at staying mobile throughout the pregnancy are less likely to have any complication of their pregnancy. A baby can easily descend-down the birth canal in that case. Practising sideways movement such as belly dancing, rocking while holding onto a support, swivelling on the ball etc. can pay rich dividends.
Pooping on the table:
As the baby descends through the birth canal, the rectum flattens like the toothpaste. Most women tend to push a little popo along with the baby. There is nothing to be embarrassed in such cases. There is absolutely no way to find out if the colon is empty before the labour begins. Generally, the number of looser increases during this time. In most cases, irregular bowel syndrome is witnessed during contractions.
Getting to the hospital:
Much would-be-mom fear of not reaching the hospital on time. Most first timers tend to reach early in the hospital. It is wise to have constant communication with the Ob/GYN to ensure that he/she is always available. For most first-timers, the labour can last from a few hours to few days. There are instances where a pregnant woman is sent home too. Just to be on the safer side, it is wise to call the provider as soon as the water breaks.
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