Sometimes the uterus needs to be triggered to start the process of childbirth. This may be done for a variety of reasons. Most often, it's done to avoid danger to you or your baby's health. Labor induction does have risks. But it's recommended when the benefits outweigh the risks.
The pelvic floor muscles may weaken due to aging, pregnancy and vaginal childbirth, injury, surgery, chronic cough, or lack of exercise. If the pelvic floor is weak, your bladder and other pelvic organs may sag out of place. The urethra may also open too easily and allow urine to leak out. Kegel exercises can help you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles so they can better support the pelvic organs and control urine flow.
Congratulations on your new baby! Diapers won't be the only thing you'll change in the months ahead. Your sense of yourself and how you relate to your partner will also be different. If you have other children, expect some emotional swings, as you and your family try out your new roles.
Helping yourself feel fit is one of the best things you can do for your baby. A little exercise will tone your muscles. You'll feel stronger and more energized. You'll also feel more awake and aware. Don't worry about your weight right now. Your goal is to feel healthy. Here are suggestions to help you do so
Epidural is a kind of medicine to block pain (anesthetic). It is commonly used during labor and delivery. During an epidural, anesthetic is injected into the area around your lower spine. An anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist starts the epidural and watches you during your procedure.
This video will illustrate the importance of prenatal education in reaching the full 40-weeks of pregnancy. It will explain the importance of maintaining a proper diet and nutrition, avoiding alcohol, drugs and cigarette smoke and controlling weight gain during pregnancy. It will provide guidance on natural, spontaneous labor that includes getting regular, prenatal checks, knowing warning signs to watch for and understanding the optimal window for brain and respiratory development. In addition, the program will discuss the dangers of using medications to induce labor, including long-term difficulties for children who are born pre-term, encouraging women to accept help and try to enjoy their pregnancies.
If your baby doesn't move into a head-first position on his or her own, your healthcare provider may attempt to do an external version. Your healthcare provider will try to rotate your baby by pressing down on your belly. Your healthcare provider may give you medicine to relax your uterus. This can make it easier for him or her to rotate your baby. During a version, your healthcare provider will use ultrasound to watch your baby.
You've had a cesarean section birth. Now you may wonder if you can try vaginal birth with your next baby. It's likely you can. The attempt to have a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery is called a trial of labor after cesarean delivery (TOLAC). It's often a success. To find out more about TOLAC, read this health sheet.
You had a cesarean section, or C-section. During the C-section, your baby was delivered through a surgical incision in your stomach and uterus. Full recovery after a C-section can take time. It's important to take care of yourself — for your own sake and because your new baby needs you. Here are some guidelines to follow at home.