They say giving birth is the most painful experience you can go through, yet, of course, the most incredible too. However, there are a few other things they don’t tell you about giving birth. For example, no one tells you how hard your stay in hospital can be after giving birth – you’re exhausted, you’re now suddenly a mum, and you’re probably questioning whether you’re fit to be a parent at all. This is completely normal! Breastfeeding can also be a challenge, and you will soon discover that there are serious differences between the pushing stage and the contraction stage. Oh, and some good news; you can lose up to 12 lbs. during the delivery alone, and more will come off in the days that follow, so don’t fret too much about that baby weight.
To help you prepare for giving birth, we have put together plenty of advice and useful tips. This includes information on preventing posterior labor and back pain, as well as coping with hospital bed rest and details on conditions like breech presentation. Our post on the ‘top signs you are about to go into labor’ is popular, and you will also find tips on avoiding labor induction, and lots of articles on epidural anesthesia. We help to make sure you are prepared for the birth of your child by giving you as much information as possible.
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Q. This is my first baby and my obstetrician has recommended that I schedule a C-section. I have been informed that a spinal is most commonly used for this operation because it is safer than going to sleep. Is this true? I am petrified of being awake during the...read more
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After months of carrying your baby, it is almost time for the arrival of your new family member! It can be important to know the signs of labor as no one can accurately predict when labor will begin for you. The due date is an estimation and some women can go into...read more
All new mothers are told that they should schedule their first postpartum visit with their obstetrician six weeks after giving birth but few, if any, know what questions they should ask at that visit. New moms are often so overwhelmed with responsibilities after...read more
I have become increasingly frustrated and angered that posterior presentation (back of the baby’s head toward the mother’s back) and its ensuing complications in labor and delivery have accounted for an inordinate number of cesarean sections. Many of the...read more
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What is a breech presentation? During pregnancy, a fetus is said to be in a breech presentation when the buttocks of the baby are presenting first at the bottom of the uterus, and the head is in the upper part, or fundus of the uterus. A breech presentation might be...read more
Induction of labor describes the stimulation of uterine contractions before labor begins naturally to achieve a vaginal delivery. There are many reasons for your health care provider to recommend induction of labor with the main reason being concerned for the mother’s...read more
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