For mothers with uncomplicated vaginal deliveries, there are few restrictions on post-delivery activities. Keeping physically active with light walks can be beneficial for recovering moms and may reduce the chance of post-partum depression. However, there should be no sexual intercourse for six weeks.
Labor, Delivery & Post Period Of Pregnancy
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Some research shows that homeopathy may decrease blood loss after giving birth. More studies are needed before a conclusion can be made.
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1 AnswerGreenville Health System answeredA birth plan is a list of preferences on how you would like your birth experience to be. These items generally are covered in a birth plan:
- What are your wishes during a normal labor and delivery?
- How do you prefer your baby to be treated immediately after delivery and in the first few days of life?
- What are your wishes in the case of unexpected events?
- Atmosphere: Do you want music? Low lighting? DVD players and TVs are available in all rooms.
- Pain management: Do you prefer non-medicinal methods such as massage, meditation, shower/water therapy, walking around the room with frequent position changes? Or do you prefer IV pain medication or an epidural?
- Episiotomies: Most doctors no longer perform episiotomies except in urgent situations where the birth of the baby needs to be sped up.
- Assisted birth: Devices such as forceps or vacuum extraction rarely are used in normal deliveries these days.
- Cord cutting: Which person do you want to cut the cord? Do you want the cord cut immediately, or do you want to wait a few minutes?
- Holding the baby: Do you want the baby placed on your chest right away? Or do you prefer to hold your baby after he or she has been assessed and cleaned?
- Feeding: Are you going to breastfeed or bottlefeed? Do you want the baby to have a pacifier?
- Circumcision: If your baby is a boy, do you want him circumcised?
- If you have a Cesarean section, do you want someone to be in the OR with you?
- Most of the time, moms are awake and a spinal or epidural anesthesia is used so that they can still experience the baby’s birth. Is that your wish?
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A birth plan is a list of preferences on how you would like your birth experience to be. A plan helps your doctor know your wishes about pain management, delivery and infant care. It also serves as a starting point to open the communication lines with your healthcare team. Please remember that labor can be unpredictable, so good communication throughout the birth process is key to a positive outcome.
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1 AnswerFirst Candle answeredWhile studies into potential prevention strategies for stillbirth are ongoing, following are some helpful strategies for pregnant women to follow to help reduce the risk of stillbirth:
- Begin to monitor your baby’s activity at around 28 weeks. Kicks count!
- Do not smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs (unless prescribed by your doctor).
- Report any vaginal bleeding, leakage or sharp pain.
- If you are post-term, discuss options with your doctor. Pregnancies longer than 42 weeks may be at increased risk for stillbirth.
- Do not hesitate to request a second or third opinion anytime during your pregnancy if needed to put your mind at ease.
1 AnswerFirst Candle answeredStillbirth is the death of an infant in-utero at 20 or more completed gestational weeks. More than 25,000 babies are stillborn in the United States each year; that's 70 babies each and every day.
- Almost 50% of these deaths occur at or near full term and often seem to be otherwise healthy babies. The majority of stillbirths (85%) occur before delivery with 15% occurring during labor and delivery.
- It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of all stillbirth deaths remain unexplained. Researchers feel that this is more likely due to a failure to investigate the deaths, rather than a medical mystery.
- Stillbirth deaths cut across all socio-economic classes, races, religions and maternal age groups. No woman is immune.
- Some of the more common diagnosable causes for stillbirth are: placental abruption and other placental problems, birth defects and chromosomal abnormalities, uncontrolled diabetes, preeclampsia, cord accidents and infections.
- The risk factors for stillbirth include: advanced maternal age, maternal obesity, maternal smoking, prior stillbirth, neonatal death or other fetal losses, uncontrolled maternal diabetes and maternal hypertension.
- After a stillbirth, few hospitals offer an autopsy, placental exam or clinical testing to the parents to determine the cause of death.
A rebozo is a scarf with Hispanic origins that can help a woman in labor get into a comfortable position, among other uses. In this video, nurse midwife Paula Greer demonstrates several ways a mom-to-be can benefit from a rebozo.
A birth ball has several benefits for a mom-to-be, including helping her to get into a position that best supports the weight of the baby during childbirth. Watch the video for tips from nurse midwife Paula Greer for using a birth ball.
Some moms-to-be assume they won't be able to handle the pain of childbirth; many find they have more inner resources than they thought they would. In this video, nurse midwife Paula Greer discusses alternatives for dealing with labor pain worth knowing about before the first contraction.