If you are currently brainstorming about the best options when it comes to childbirth, here are some inputs about vaginal delivery which might be helpful to you.
Vaginal delivery or vaginal birth is a process of delivering the offspring through the vagina. It is often referred to as natural birth because it is the most common way women choose to deliver a child. Although this is the case, the patients are still not given enough information about the whole process and the steps to be taken before, during, and after the delivery.
When looking for impeccable pregnancy services in Pembroke Pines, you want equipped and knowledgeable medical staff who are skilled in informing the patients about all the necessary steps and how-to when it comes to standard vaginal delivery, amongst other options. NuWave Women’s Health professionals are prepared to aid their patients in the preparation and the execution of natural childbirth if that is the direction you decide to take.
It is essential to be well prepared for natural childbirth, mainly because it can be a very painful and unpleasant experience for the patient. Although it is not easy nor possible to be fully prepared, it is good to have the first steps planned.
-Create a birth plan with your doctor to be able to prepare and follow a plan which is most suited for you
-Do pelvic exercises to potentially relieve some pain during the vaginal delivery
-Practice relaxation tactics
-Explore and try some common labor positions
-Read about the first signs of labor
-Take prenatal vitamins
-Take a birth preparation class
-Prepare a bag to take to the hospital with you
-Do perineal massages, which can help with tearing and scarring of the skin during vaginal birth
Stages of Vaginal Delivery
In order to explain the topic more in detail, below you can find information about natural birth divided into stages. There are three stages during normal vaginal delivery, which are determined by how dilated the patient’s cervix is.
Stage 1: Labor
The first sign that the stage of labor has begun is when you start getting persistent contractions. This stage is divided into early and active labor (with a transitional phase). Although some women do not even feel the early labor stage, it does occur for many patients and can last from a few hours to a few days. When the active labor stage follows, it usually lasts from four to eight hours or more, and the cervix is dilated from six to ten centimeters.
The transitional stage of labor can be quite painful and intense, and the contractions can last from 60 to 90 seconds. This stage can last from 15 minutes to a full hour.
Stage 2: Delivery of the baby
When the patient’s cervix reaches ten-centimeter dilation, the delivery stage commences. The mother is then advised to push the baby through the birth canal in order to deliver it. The medical professional delivering the baby will dictate the dynamic of the natural childbirth, and the mother will be instructed when to push and when to stop. The duration of vaginal birth is different for every woman, but it can last from a few minutes to hours.
The head of the baby is usually delivered first, followed by the rest of the body. After that, the care provider cuts the umbilical cord, and the baby is taken to be cleaned.
Stage 3: Delivery of the placenta
After the most painful part of the process is done, there are still around 30 minutes to an hour of work for the patient. The placenta, the organ providing the baby with oxygen and nutrients in the uterus, moves through the birth canal with the help of contractions, and the patient needs to push only a few more times in order to deliver it.
The care provider then examines the placenta and the vaginal region after the birth to ensure that everything is intact and that there are no bleedings or infections.
Pain During Vaginal Birth
Although the pain threshold for every person is different, there is a common thought that childbirth is one of the most painful processes a person can endure. The pain mostly comes from the contractions of the uterus muscles and the pressure on the cervix.
As said, the contractions, together with the delivery stage of natural childbirth (vagina and birth canal stretches), cause immense pain, discomfort, and distress for the patient. There are pain management techniques that can help, at least to a certain extent, and they are:
-preparation of the body before labor (exercise, yoga, stretches)
-learning techniques of handling pain (visualization, being in the water, stretches, the Lamaze technique)
-pain medication (analgesics, anesthesia, epidurals, tranquilizers)
Risks With Vaginal Delivery
Vaginal delivery is a childbirth technique that has been chosen by many women before, but it is still a method that brings specific risks. Some of the dangers demand a bit more consideration, so below, you can find a list of potential threats to help you decide which option to take.
- Tears and rips of the perineum or other areas
- Hemorrhoid development
- Urinary tract issues (such as urine leakage)
- Negative consequences of the epidural medicine
- Immense exhaustion of the organism due to pain
- Complications with other organs
- Extensive blood loss
- Death due to complications arising from the pregnancy
Recovery After Natural Childbirth
Fully recovering from a normal vaginal delivery might take much longer than expected, so it is good to prepare yourself. The recovery period can last from six weeks to a few months.
The childbirth process fully exhausts the body, and it takes time for the body and the mind to completely recover. The majority of the symptoms, such as backaches, nipple pain, etc., should pass in a few weeks, but if the patient has a tear in the perineal, that usually takes much more time to heal.
To help your body to heal faster, there are some actions you can take:
- Ease the aches in the back with hot pads, showers, and massages
- Ice the perineal region right after giving birth
- Eat fiber-rich foods to keep your bowel movement regular
- Do your Kegel exercises
- Drink vitamins and supplements every day
- Check in with your doctor regularly
- Move your body through walks, light exercise, and stretches
- Use creams to take care of your breasts
- Use meditation for relaxation
Speak With Us!
Our team has successfully helped deliver children for quite some time now, so please feel free to contact us with any potential questions you might have. We want to help you choose the best option for the delivery of your baby while at the same time taking care of your needs and wants. It is of the utmost importance to keep both the child and the mother healthy, so give us a call, and we will support you through this exciting but challenging time. We are here for you!