Avoid the complications of childbirth: 7 tips to better prepare you for D-Day
1) The water loss does not always occur before labour
Only 1 in 10 mothers experience a loss of water before the onset of labour. In fact, some women will never experience water breakage. A doctor may first break the amniotic sac if the cervix is already dilated.
2) Some meals may be excluded
Often, once work begins, women are no longer allowed to eat. The reason is because of the possibility of a caesarean section. If a woman has food in her stomach and is under anaesthesia, food could enter the airways.
3) Contractions could be the worst part
The pain caused by the contractions increases as labour intensifies. For women who opt for an epidural, contractions can end up being the most painful part of the job. Contractions can cause pain in the abdomen, back and groin. The pain due to the contractions is different for each woman. For some, the pain may be similar to menstrual cramps, while for others the pain may be severe.
4) The body reacts to Labour in different ways
Many women experience nausea and vomiting during the delivery process. Others may experience diarrhea or flatulence before or during work. By pushing, a woman may lose control of her bladder or intestines.
5) It’s not over after the baby is born
The delivery process is not complete once the baby is born. A woman should always remove the placenta if she has given birth vaginally. After a woman gives birth to her baby, she will continue to have mild contractions. The woman’s health care provider can rub her stomach to encourage the uterus to expel the placenta, or the woman may have to push a few more times after delivery.
6) Prepare for bleeding after childbirth
After delivery, bleeding may occur for 4 to 6 weeks and possibly longer. Many women are surprised by the amount of blood after delivery. Women may need to wear sanitary napkins for the first few days after birth before switching to a regular pad.
7) Stitches may be needed
A vaginal birth can cause different degrees of tearing, often resulting in stitches. If a woman has an episiotomy to help the baby during birth, she will need stitches to help her healing process. In most cases, the stitches eventually dissolve after a week or two.