Labor and delivery experience vary in pregnant women. The experiences are all unique. A better understanding on what’s typical in pregnancy will guide you on what to expect as your due date approaches.
Labor and delivery follows a really predictable pattern. The cervix softens and opens, then the amniotic sac ruptures, the contractions also gets stronger and closer together. Sometimes, labor and delivery may also take some unique twists and turns.
You might even need an unexpected caesarean section (C-section) or even reconsider your wishes about pain medication in the labour and delivery of a baby.
It is also important to understand that however your labor and delivery go, your health and your baby’s health are what are most important.
You can also discuss your preferences on labor and delivery with your health care provider or labor and delivery nurse. These also include options for pain medication and thoughts about episiotomy and even other procedures.
Then look forward to welcoming your child into the world!
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After months of pregnancy and the rigors of labor and delivery, your attention moves to caring for your new baby. It is also important you take care of yourself.
Postpartum care also involves taking care of your C-section wound or vaginal tears. Sore breasts, problems with urination, leaking milk, and also hair loss are all involved in postpartum care for mom.
Postpartum care plan is not limited to just your physical health. It also involves your mental well-being. This involves managing mood swings, anxiety, irritability, depression and also sadness.
You can also share any concerns you have about postpartum nursing care plans with your health care provider for a smooth recovery.
What you’re feeling or wondering about is entirely normal to new moms. Your health care provider will be available to reassure you even as you handle postpartum care and make adjustments to life with a newborn!
What To Expect After Vaginal Delivery
Pregnancy changes the way your body functions in lots of ways. Here are some post pregnancy changes to expect:
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal soreness
- Bowel movements
- Leaking milk
- Sore breast
- Weight loss
- Hair loss
- Mood changes
- Skin changes
When To Contact Your Health Care Provider
- When you have a vaginal discharge that has a foul odor.
- If you have heavy vaginal bleeding.
- When you have a fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher.
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