For most people including men, just the thought of labour can be daunting. Most people when they think of labor think of pain, fear of the unknow and worries. I know when I got married and began having my babies, I had some fears about labor. I am going to share with you some of the things you can expect during labor and delivery. Knowing this fact can really make a difference in your experience. Did you know how youimagine the pain of labor will compare to other feelings of pain?
Remember that One of the things I can tell you is I had five deliveries and all were different and all had unexpected outcomes. Here is a list of things that could happen:
1.You might have contractions but you may not be dilating
One of the things I constantly saw during my professional career was women who came too early to the labor ward were given fluids with baralgin medication and sent home until labor was established. I would suggest that if this is your first baby, you go to the hospital when you cannot hardly bear the pain anymore. This would give the cervix time to properly open. On the other hand, if you are a multiple mom-to-be you are different in that most women who have had multiple pregnancies tend to have quicker deliveries and do not have to experience a lot of pain.
2.You may not see your doctor for a while
Know that you may not see your doctor initially when you reach the hospital. Because of their busy lifestyles, he /she could have two clients laboring at the same time . They would allow a midwife to monitor you until you are almost ready to deliver. They will check your blood pressure, pulse, baby’s heart rate, and feel for your contractions every thirty minutes or half hour. I want to encourage you to move in bed while laboring. You can do this by lying on your back and sides between 30 minutes and an hour. Changing your position can help to facilitate a faster labor.
3.You will see lots of different faces
While you are admitted, you might see and meet lots of different people. You will hear conversations, and you will also see how the staff interact with one another and with you. You will be greeted and made comfortable. If your healthcare provider is not there as yet, the midwife will let again inform them of your admission to the unit. The nurse will check your urine for abnormalities, your temperature, pulse , and respiration, obtain a history of why you came, and identify any burning issues at present. The midwife might also do an abdominal palpation to determine if you are contracting, how your baby is positioned in your abdomen, and your baby’s heart rate. A vaginal exam will also be performed to determine if your cervix is dilating. Most women think that the vaginal exam is so uncomfortable, and it is. Try to take deep breadths as you are examined.
4.Intravenous infusion may be given
If you are in labor, an intravenous infusion would be placed in your hand for you to get your fluids to stay hydrated. If you are not in labor, you may also have one for hydration or medication. This is not given in all hospitals .Not all pregnant women includes this in their plan for birth. It is a good idea to try to walk a bit, and move around on a birth ball or squat, holding the railing of the bed.
5.Epidurals mean you need a catheter
Private hospitals usually give epidural for pain in labor, so you will need a catheter inside your bladder to collect your urine because when you have an epidural ,you cannot be walking. You can get low blood pressure and your nerves are numb, meaning you cannot feel anything. The safest place or you is in the bed. You won’t feel the catheter while your epidural is in effect and it’ll be removed once it’s time to start pushing.
6.It’s okay if you break wind or poop during labor!!
I know this can be embarrassing, but it is fine if you stool or break wind during labor. This again can occur due to the relaxed muscles in the rectal area. These are the same muscles you use to have a pass. Do not worry about this though is is embarrassing. As healthcare professionals, we expect this and are not at all surprised if it does happen. So labor on with confidence.
7.How severe will your pain be?
There is no telling how the pain will be, but there are things you can do to keep pain at bay. The way you think has a lot to do with your outcome. Thinking positive is one of the best things you can do to in managing pain. No one can predict how long your labor will be, or how intense the pain will be. Remember pain in labor has a purpose. The pain you will feel is instrumental in pushing the little star forward towards the vagina. Use your imagination to create a pain free environment. Keep a positive mindset. You can do it!
8.Never have preconceived ideas about someone else’s labor
I have heard many women captured the horrible stories of family and friends and think that their labor will be the same. This is not recommended because it can determine a good or bad outcome. Know that you will have your own story to tell. No two persons ever have the same stories of their labor experience. So do not go for the daunting stories to believe.
9.Your health care provider may bump up your baby’s heart rate
During labor your baby’s heart rate will be monitored. If at some stage the heart rate seems abnormal or cannot be detected, your doctor will attach a monitor directly onto the baby’s scalp. This electrode will be inserted through your cervix and attached to your baby’s head and will be removed after the delivery.
10.You might need a wider outlet
As your baby’s head advances, you might require an episiotomy or tear to widen your outlet. An episiotomy is an intentional incision made in the vagina to facilitate a smooth delivery. Whether you tear or get an episiotomy, often depends on the hospital’s policies or the belief of the midwife. Episiotomies are presently regularly as it were performed on the off chance that the infant is troubled and needs offer assistance getting out quick. They are moreover done in case the baby’s head conveys but the shoulders get stuck (dystocia). An episiotomy may occur in the event that a lady has been pushing for a really long time and can’t thrust the infant past the exceptionally lower portion of the vaginal opening. Skin tears are less agonizing and recuperate speedier than an episiotomy.
11.A caesarean section might be needed
Now mama, things do not always turn out the way as planned. Baby may become distressed and need a cesarean section. You mill be rushed to have an emergency cesarean section . If this happens, try to stay calm and put your trust in God to help you get through.
12.When your baby is born -Everything changes!
When your baby is born, many exciting things can happen. You may experience an overwhelming emotion of both laughter and cry at the same time. The staff are usually overjoyed that your are almost there. You are so relieved that it is almost over. I encourage you to listen to your care provider. You will see the sex of your baby, and later they will allow you to hold your baby .
13.Dads have their special time too with baby
Dads during or after the birth will have their special time with baby. Not all dads are willing to go into the labor room for whatever reason. If dad prefers not to go into the labor room, allow him that space. He should know his limit. I know this may be hurtful for you, but his feelings should be respected. If the opportunity is available encourage dad to help out with skin-to-skin.
14.Your placenta is next- hold on!
You finally reach the third stage which is the wait for your placenta . This is the organ that was providing the food and oxygen to your baby. It is the connection between you and your baby. It can take 15 minutes to one hour before it is detached and is not as painful as the the baby coming out, but still can be crampy.
15.It’s bonding time soon
After the weighing, and measuring, giving vitamin k to prevent any vessel blockage, and eye ointment to prevent eye infection, you will be allowed to bond with the little star. This is the moment you can breastfeed your baby. The first hour after birth is dubbed the golden hour. An opportunity to get baby to latch on the breast to begin the breastfeeding process. Ask any questions needed while visiting the hospital. Learn all you can about breastfeeding if you are interested in it. Classes for breastfeeding and childbirth are helpful in helping you to learn.
You might be very tired during this time but do your best to get baby latching if only for a few minutes. Ask for your baby if it seems like it is taking awhile. The sooner the bonding the better for you both. Mothers and babies who bond early get more sleep. Practice lots of skin-to -skin.
I hope I have given you a glimpse of what to expect during labor and delivery. Remember things do not always turn out the same. If your baby becomes distressed, a caesarean section might be needed to recue baby. Make sure to have your bag properly packed for you and baby’s hospital visit. I wish you every success in your pregnant journey. Thank you for stopping by and do visit again. Please like /comment as needed.