Day 239, Week 35

Mom at Week 35

If you have already signed up for a Pre Natal Class you will notice that at this stage, Your child birth classes will now start focusing on the labor and delivery process. The class would start coaching you on the breathing patterns and positions to be employed during labor and delivery. If you have not already signed up for this class please consider doing so. You might also start developing back ache in this phase as your muscles and ligaments start relaxing in preparation for labor. At this stage it might also be a good idea to start preparing your hospital bag. Labor can start anytime once you are in week 37 and when you do feel the contractions you do not want to scramble around or take stress regards your hospital bag. Of course most hospitals will provide everything for the mother for use during labor and even gowns for the stay so do not worry. Check with the hospital if they will be providing the items for the baby and pack accordingly. Pack essentials like Toiletries, maternity pads, warm socks, chapstick, gum, camera etc.

Your baby’s growth

The baby now is about 44 cms long and weighs app.2500 gms and is almost fully developed.  Your baby’s kidneys and liver are now fully developed. Most of your baby’s physical body’s parts are now developed and the baby will continue to grow in size and weight over the next few weeks.

 

Day 241, All about C Section

C Section: When do I need it and how does it happen?

If you’re a pregnant mom you probably have hundreds of questions in your mind pertaining to natural birth and C section and are wondering about the circumstances under which a doctor opts for a C section procedure. A baby may need to be delivered surgically for a variety of reasons. We can broadly categorise them as planned C section and emergency C section.

A planned C section is something you would know in advance. It could be due to a maternal or baby health condition or it could be a concern related to the pregnancy, for eg: the placenta is covering the mouth of the uterus or the baby is not in a favorable position for birth. In this situation the doctor will speak to you in advance and ask you to pick a date which is a few days ahead of your actual due date. The reason this is done is to ensure that you do not go into labor which could then become an emergency situation.

At times a mom may go into labor and then certain conditions may need to opt for a surgical birth. Some moms may just not go into labor and be over due, in this case if induction does not work then a C section is the only option. In few cases, a mom may go into labor but the cervix may not open and it is not possible to physically cut the cervix, hence the baby would have to be delivered by a C section. In other cases the mom may go into labor, the cervix would also open but the baby does not move down and that would result in a C section too. Also during the labor process if the baby shows signs of distress or the mom develops a temperature due to an infection or if her blood pressure shoots up, the doctor would go in for a C section procedure. If the condition is not an emergency the doctor will opt for a spinal block which means the mom can be awake and greet her baby at birth. If it is an emergency then the doctor will opt for general anesthesia and deliver the baby asap.

If it is a planned C section then you will be asked to come to the hospital a night prior. The antibiotics are started and you are asked to stay empty stomach for 12 hours. During the surgery itself there will be a drape placed in front of you so that you do not see the actual surgery.Your husband can be present but he will be near your head and he will also not need to see the surgery.

You will feel some tugs and pulls and some vacuum sounds which is normal.

Once the surgery begins the baby is delivered within the first six minutes. Post the birth, the placenta is delivered thru the same incision and the uterus is cleaned out before being sutured. Over all the process can take about 30-45 minutes.

You will also have an IV attached for nutrition and medication as well as a catheter for urination. These will stay in place for 24 hours.

Post the surgery you will be in a recovery room under observation for a couple of hours before you are moved to your room along with the baby. It is a good idea to attempt breast feeding in the recovery room itself.

Day 243, Importance of Baby Proofing

Importance of Baby home proofing!

In your third trimester and wondering what all can you do best before your baby arrives? Here’s a very important aspect that you need to dwell into on a serious note and that’s baby home proofing your flat/apartment/house. Your baby will begin crawling post 6-8 months and its important for you to get some professional knowledge on the subject and find out how this can be a saviour to you and your baby’s safety needs. Let’s look at a few important aspects of baby home proofing below.

Why is Baby proofing so important? 

Nothing in the world is more important than the safety of our children. Babyproofing (or childproofing) a room involves seeing the room from a child’s perspective and then identifying and removing all the dangerous items that may be present.
For example: electric sockets at floor level. Children may be tempted to stick their fingers or metallic objects in the electric socket. There is a danger of the child being electrocuted. This may result in a mild or serious injury including death.

Research has showed us the following- 

· 66% of the injured children are infants, toddlers or pre-schoolers

· Approximately 23% injuries happen at school/playground

· 36% of the injuries are falls, followed by poisoning 11% and foreign bodies 7%

How can Baby Proofing help a new parent? 

Baby proofing the house can instantly take care of a lot of dangers. Extensive research on this subject has revealed that if we take some basic precautions and prepare for some emergencies, we can ensure the safety of our children and prevent them from getting hurt by following the step

· Create awareness to reduce injuries

· Keep coins, small items away from the reach of children

· Improve the quality of supervision

At Awww we will be happy to make your home a safer place for your child.

Awww offers workshop on “Preventing Accidents and Basic First Aid” and our expert partners have trained more than 1000 participants.

At Awww we provide you with services in the form of not only products that can be used to ensure safety but also take you through workshop sessions to help create a safe environment for your baby at home.

Call us today to know more!

Day 245, Different Types of Birth

Birth can be classified into three categories:

– Vaginal
– Assisted
– Surgical
– Vaginal and Assisted Birth

Vaginal birth is what most people will call normal delivery and in some senses even assisted birth is called a normal delivery. Assisted birth is when the baby needs to be assisted out of the birth canal with the use of forceps or vacuum.

For a first time mother a vaginal birth from the start of labor to the delivery of the placenta can take anywhere from 8-24 hours.

It is divided into 4 distinct stages

First stage – this is when the cervix which is the mouth of the uterus first thins (effaces) and then opens (dilates).

Once the cervix is fully effaced and dilated up to 10 cms then the mom is said to have completed the first stage.

The second stage of labor begins when the baby begins its descent into the birth canal. The passage of the baby from the uterus to the outside world is the second stage of labor.

The third stage of labor is the birth of the placenta. It is called the after birth. The placenta is the organ which supports the baby in the womb. It is the baby’s life line. Now that the baby is born the placenta is a redundant organ and hence needs to be delivered. This happens on its own and even though the mom will feel contractions she will be too excited with the baby to focus on this stage.

The fourth stage of labor is the immediate post partum breast feeding phase. We consider this as the fourth stage of labor as this stage is extremely important in the baby’s initiation into the world.

Surgical or C section Procedure

A baby may need to be delivered surgically for a variety of reasons. We can broadly categorise them as planned C section and emergency C section.

A planned C section is something you would know in advance. It could be due to a maternal or baby health condition or it could be a concern related to the pregnancy, for eg: the placenta is covering the mouth of the uterus or the baby is not in a favorable position for birth. In this situation the doctor will speak to you in advance and ask you to pick a date which is a few days ahead of your actual due date. The reason this is done is to ensure that you do not go into labor which could then become an emergency situation.

At times a mom may go into labor and then certain conditions may need to opt for a surgical birth. Some moms may just not go into labor and be over due, in this case if induction does not work then a C section is the only option.

If it is a planned C section then you will be asked to come to the hospital a night prior. The antibiotics are started and you are asked to stay empty stomach for 12 hours. During the surgery itself there will be a drape placed in front of you so that you do not see the actual surgery. Your husband can be present but he will be near your head and he will also not need to see the surgery. Over all the process can take about 30-45 minutes.

You will also have an iv attached for nutrition and medication as well as a catheter for urination. These will stay in place for 24 hours.

Post the surgery you will be in a recovery room under observation for a couple of hours before you are moved to your room along with the baby. It is a good idea to attempt breast feeding in the recovery room itself.