It takes around 9 months for your baby to fully grow inside you, and after that, labor and delivery will happen anytime.
The process of delivering a baby is not easy, it’s painful and anything can go south, which is why as a parent, you should do your own research about labor and delivery.
Signs of Labor
Once you experience the following things, it means that you are in labor:
- Increased pressure in your uterus
- Water breaking
- Change of energy levels
- Bloody mucus discharge from the vagina
Options For Pain Relief
There are a lot of things that women can go with if they are in labor pain, however, some doctors would suggest you go for the natural ways before taking meds.
Here are some natural options for pain relief when you’re in labor:
- Patterned Breathing
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
Stages of Labor
Labor is divided into three stages, which are:
- Stage 1: Early labor and active labor
- Stage 2: Delivery of the baby
- Stage 3: Delivery of the placenta
Who needs a Cesarean Delivery?
Most of the time, c-section deliveries are ruled before the delivery, and they are only suggested by the doctor themselves. But who exactly needs them?
Some mothers might get a c-section if:
- Presence of an infection in the genital area
- Problems with the placenta
- The mother has placenta previa
- Dangerous vaginal bleeding while giving birth
- An ongoing medical problem that can make vaginal birth risky
- High blood pressure
- Having twins
- Having triplets
Please do note that this is not a complete list.
Anything can go south while giving birth.
There are a number of complications that a mother could face while they are giving birth, and some of them are:
- Sudden stop of labor
- Baby death
- Tears of the perineum
- Umbilical cord problems
- Abnormal heart rate in the baby
- Early water breaking
- Disruption of the baby’s oxygen during birth
- Disruption of the baby’s oxygen during labor
- Baby becoming stuck in the birth canal
- Maternal hemorrhage
When to Call your Doctor?
In case you are going through the following things, you want to call your doctor for further instructions:
- Membrane rupture
- Sudden vaginal bleeding
- Extreme pain along with vaginal bleeding
- Regular painful contractions that are less than 5 minutes apart for a couple of hours
- Your baby is moving less
- Extremely high blood pressure
If you are still in your house and something goes south, you want to call your doctor right away.