What To Expect During The First Few Weeks Of Delivery

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If you’re pregnant and you’re wondering what to expect during the first few weeks of delivery, here are a few things to keep in mind:   During the early stages of labor, your cervix may feel like it’s trying to close up on itself. This is called the “early phase of labor.” It’s normal for contractions to become stronger and more frequent during this time. If you experience severe pain or bleeding, contact your health care provider right away. Midwives often describe the beginning of labor as “softening.” This means that your muscles are becoming more relaxed and ready to birth your baby. You may also experience vaginal discharge and increased urination. These changes are all part of the process of childbirth. If you don’t have contractions within 36 hours after conception, it’s likely that you aren’t pregnant. If you do have contractions, be sure to track them using a basal body temperature monitor or digital pregnancy monitor to make sure they’re consistent and mild enough for you to tolerate.

Vaginal delivery: what you should know

Vaginal delivery is a natural process that begins with the expulsion of the baby through the mother’s vagina. After birth, your baby will typically be placed on your pelvic floor and then weighed. This will help determine how much amniotic fluid is present and how big the baby is.  The health care provider will then clean your vagina and cervix with an antiseptic solution before placing a speculum into the vagina. The provider will also insert a finger into the uterus in order to feel for the baby’s heartbeat. If you are pregnant with twins, you may have an ultrasound done to determine their positioning.  If your health care provider determines that you are in labor, they will dilate your cervix using oxytocin ( often called Pitocin). This will allow your baby to come out more easily. Once labor has started, contractions will become stronger and will last anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes.  After the baby has been born, he or she may be placed on your chest or delivered via cesarean section if he or she is too large or if there is a risk of infection.

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Vaginal delivery: your experience

Your first few weeks of delivery will be a whirlwind of intense activity and anticipation and here some tips after birth care guide for new mothers. You’ll be working hard to get yourself in the best shape possible, and you’ll also be spending time with your health care provider to discuss your delivery options and preparation.  You may experience some vaginal discharge, which is completely normal. This will change as your body adjusts to the new environment. You’ll likely experience cramping, which can vary in intensity and duration. This is also normal, but should eventually subside. If it doesn’t, speak with your health care provider.  You may feel a sense of pressure or discomfort when you urinate or have sex. This is usually temporary and should dissipate over time.  The delivery process itself can be both painful and uncomfortable, but it’s ultimately worth it! Hang in there you’re almost there.

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