Epidurals And Labor Pain Management | What It’s Like To Get An Epidural

Epidurals And Labor Pain Management | What It’s Like To Get An Epidural

Labor pain can be SO intense and there really is nothing sweeter than getting that Epidural when you need it. I had Epidurals with all three of my babes and it was great! 

As much as I would have liked to go natural, I just couldn’t do it, and that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with getting one and it can make birth so much more enjoyable.

In fact, two-thirds of mamas use them with great success.  

Since you’re here I’m assuming you’re close to birth and thinking you may get one so I’m going to tell you EXACTLY what to expect. After you read this you’ll know what’s coming and you’ll feel prepared. 

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It Will Take Some Time

 

It would be great if you could have an Epidural THE SECOND you decide you’re ready, but it doesn’t work that way. 

Once you feel like you want one, they will need to order the procedure. This can take quite a bit of time, unfortunately. 

Like up to an hour and a half if they’re really busy. It’s pretty much torture when you’re ready for relief. 

My advice to you is to not wait until the pain is completely out of control if you’re absolutely sure you’re getting one anyway. Let them know and expect to wait a while. 

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And Here’s How An Epidural Is Done 

 

Here’s exactly what to expect when they are getting ready to do your epidural. 

An anesthesiologist will come in and have you sit on the edge of the hospital bed. They will wipe the area that they plan on sticking the needle in with an antiseptic to help prevent infection. 

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After this, they’ll give you an injection of a local anesthetic to help numb you some because getting an epidural can be pretty hardcore. 

Then they will position a large needle between the bones of your spine in your lower back, making space for a catheter (a small plastic tube) to be inserted into the area just outside the cover of the spinal canal.

A mixture of anesthetic and opioids will then be injected into the catheter. 

After all that it will take about 10 minutes to feel complete numbing relief from the belly down. 

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Sometimes It Takes More Than One Try

 

Sometimes they are not successful at getting the epidural in just right. This means they’ll have to try again and it sucks.

Some women I have talked to had them fail three or more times until they finally got it right. 

So be prepared for this knowing that they may have to stick you several times. 

 

 

 

It Will Really Hurt

 

I hate telling you that, but it’s true. You’re already going through very painful contractions but to get the epidural in you’ll have to experience a different kind of pain. 

Occasionally it’s not that bad. During my first childbirth, It didn’t hurt too much, but the other two were really bad. 

The type of pain you feel when they give you an epidural is nerve pain. It’s like this terrible dull ache when they hit a nerve in your back. 

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It feels similar to when you are drinking something hot or cold and it hits a nerve in a tooth. That sort of shooting, consuming pain.

Not trying to scare you here, just prepare you. The good news is that it’s over very quickly and the relief comes soon after for most. 

 

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You’ll need An IV

 

There will be a needle taped to your spine and it will have to stay in there the duration of the epidural. That’s how the medicine will flow into the spinal canal. 

It feels a little annoying but that’s just part of having an epidural. 

 

And A Catheter

 

You’ll also have a catheter so that you can urinate. Since you’re essentially paralyzed from the stomach down your bladder will not be able to empty itself so you’ll need a little help. 

They often will just give you an ” in and out ” catheter but some hospitals will leave one in. 

It’s uncomfortable when they put it in despite having an epidural. Or at least it was for me but it’s over quickly. 

 

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But Then It May Not Always Work

 

This is the most unfortunate thing about Epidurals. Occasionally they don’t work. Ugh! 

It’s just something that happens sometimes and it often has to do with the skill of your anesthesiologist. 

I was lucky and all three of mine worked great but my sister’s first Epidural was not successful. Meaning it didn’t work at all. 

Some women experience pain relief on only one side of their body too. They have full relief on one side and full labor pain on the other. 

But I guess half is better than nothing. Don’t worry too much though, it’s rare that it doesn’t work but it’s a possibility you should be aware of. 

 

You May Get The Shakes Or Puke

 

It’s very common that you will begin to shake all over after you get the procedure done. It has something to do with adrenaline. 

This happened to me each time I had one and the first time I was alarmed by it. It feels like intense shivers as if you’re cold. 

You may also vomit. It’s just your body’s reaction to the medication. 

 

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It Can Make Pushing Harder

 

It sounds strange to say that you won’t know how to push if you have an Epidural but it’s true. 

If you can’t feel your lower half you can’t necessarily engage and contract the right muscles to do effective pushing. It can be difficult. 

Studies show that you can push an extra hour or longer when you have one. 

I pushed for three and a half hours with my first because I could not push effectively ( plus he was huge at 9.3 Pounds ) and it was super exhausting. 

But still, I enjoyed the whole birthing process so much more because I wasn’t in agony. So having an Epidural was definitely worth it.

So that’s it. Now you know exactly what to expect if you decide to get an Epidural. 

Either way, I wish you lots of luck and I hope you enjoy your childbirth experience. 

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26 Critical Things To do In 3rd Trimester

26 Critical Things To do In 3rd Trimester

The Third trimester has crept up on you and here you are, about to have your baby. It’s a very exciting and busy time and the things you have to do to prepare seem endless. 

So I have created a monster list just for my readers of all the things that need to be done, ( that you can download as a pdf with the purple button ) to get you fully prepared for baby while you’re in nesting mode.

I’m proud of this list because I read tons of posts from others on this subject and most fall short. I don’t leave anything out here so this is a great resource to help get you ready. 

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Write Your Birth Plan 

 

Writing your birth plan is an important step in getting you ready for childbirth. It will make you feel very prepared and it will help others around you know what you expect. Often times birth plans don’t get followed too closely because things happen and change. 

But it still helps everyone stay on the same page with your priorities. You can download a birthing plan that you can fill out for free right here. 

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Put Together A Hospital Bag

 

It’s a good idea to go ahead and put together your hospital bag pretty early during the third trimester. It just seems like a wise thing to do. 

It’s not likely that your baby will come early but in the off chance that she does, you’ll want to be fully prepared in every way. 

Here’s a list I have created that is really thorough. It has everything for mama, baby and breastfeeding too. You can download a checklist for your bag as well.

 

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Get Car Seat Installed In Car

 

Getting a good car seat installed is important too. You cannot leave the hospital after your baby is born without one. So get a good one now and go ahead and have your partner install it very tightly. 

Here’s a good one from Safety 1st. It’s the one we used and I highly recommend it. 

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Figure Out All Baby Gear

 

This is an important step in getting ready for baby. You need to figure out how all your baby equipment work. Some of it can be surprisingly tricky. 

For example, be sure to know how to pop open that stroller and know where all the settings are on it.

Equally important is knowing how to break it back down to put in your car. I always had trouble with this and so do other moms so give it some practice runs.

 

 

 

 

Take A Childbirth Course

 

If you haven’t already you should take a childbirth course. These are so helpful in preparing you and helping you understand exactly what to expect. 

You can take one online in just a few hours if you don’t want to go somewhere else to do it. I know that’s tiresome when you’re pregnant and already busy. Who wants to go to a class when you have a thousand other things to do? 

Here’s a really good online course that was created by a labor and delivery nurse named Hilary. You can take the first part of it absolutely free so that will get you started. Sign up right here. 

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Learn Ways To Cope With Labor Pain 

 

This goes back to taking that course. It will teach you how to deal with the pain of labor. But if you just want to learn coping mechanisms I have added a video below that will at least help some. Check it out. 

 

 

 

 

Download A Contractions Timer App

 

Downloading a contractions timer app will be really helpful when you think your labor is about to start. Often times you’ll have a lot of Braxton Hicks at the end of pregnancy and sometimes it will feel like real labor. 

You will be able to tell the difference by timing the contractions. This will help you know if it’s real or false labor. 

Once real labor starts it will also help you decipher when it’s time to go to the hospital. Here’s a popular one called Full Term Contractions App. 

 

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Tour The Hospital

 

Visiting the place where you’re planning to give birth before you deliver can help relieve some pre-birth anxiety and make your birthing experience more fun. It will allow you to have a sneak peek at what will happen on your big day and you may even get to meet some of the staff. 

Seeing who you may be working with and seeing a familiar face when you go into labor can be comforting. 

Overall it will help you feel much more prepared and you’ll feel like you know where you’re going. Call your local hospital to set up your tour and get it scheduled. 

 

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How to Get Through Labor Transition Without Crying 

10 Last minute things you’re forgetting to do before birth 

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Learn About Delayed Cord Clamping 

 

Have you heard of Delayed Cord Clamping? It’s when they wait to cut the cord for a few minutes and the benefits are incredible. You can learn all about delayed cord clamping right here. It’s easy and totally free and it will do your baby a world of good. 

 

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And Consider Blood Banking

 

The blood in your baby’s Umbilical cord is an amazing source of Stem cells that can be used in the future if she becomes ill. It could also be used by another child in your family if needed. 

If you decide to bank your baby’s cord blood make sure you use a bank accredited by the American Association Of Blood Banks. You can learn all about Blood Banking right here. 

 

Learn About C-Sections Just In Case

 

No one plans for a C-section ( unless there’s a medical reason for it ) but sometimes it just happens. It’s good to be prepared and aware of how things would go in this situation. It takes the scare out of it. 

Here’s a great post on Surviving C-section and here’s another about postpartum recovery. 

 

 

Plan for Postpartum Correctly

 

Most women don’t plan for postpartum.  I guess it’s because they’re so focused on baby afterward and no one really teaches you about what will happen to your own body and how you’ll feel in the aftermath. 

But this is a huge mistake. You need to be educated on how you’ll feel after birth and how to deal with the pain and issues that come up. Honestly it should be part of pregnancy education but unfortunately, it’s not. 

The hospital staff can and will help some but a lot of it is on you and how prepared you are. 

I have written several popular posts on this subject that many women have found very helpful. You can read ” What Nobody Tells You About Postpartum Recovery ” 

and your “ Postpartum Survival Kit ” to better prepare yourself for this turbulent time. 

 

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Stock Your Freezer With Make Ahead Meals

 

Planning ahead and cooking a bunch of meals for the weeks ahead is a brilliant idea. You won’t have time to be in the kitchen nor will you feel like it. This just makes things so much easier. Here are 40+ Freezer meals you can make ahead of time. I hope it helps! 

 

Choose A Pediatrician

 

Choosing a pediatrician is very important because they will need to see your new babe in the hospital before you can go home. They have to do the initial exam to get care started. 

Make sure you read reviews on your local pediatricians because all are not created equal. Let me tell you when I had my first child we went through a couple of really bad ones until we met the right one. Our mistake for not checking better. So choose yours wisely. 

 

Prepare To Breastfeed The Right Way

 

Many new mamas make the mistake of not preparing for breastfeeding. They assume it will be an easy process or it will come naturally. That is rarely the case and only some hospitals offer support. 

It’s up to you to learn ahead of time so it won’t be so stressful and hard for you and especially your hungry baby. 

You should absolutely take a course ahead of time and you can do so very cheaply online. The most popular one online is called Milkology and it’s only $19. Thousands of moms have taken it and learned to breastfeed easily and successfully on their first try. 

You can see the course right here. 

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Create A Breastfeeding Station

 

Creating a nice Breastfeeding station with everything you need is a good idea. You’ll want a quiet place with all your stuff in arms reach. Here’s a breastfeeding guide that shares everything you’ll need. 

 

 

Create Your Baby Book

 

If you are wanting to create a baby book now’s the time to get started. You can buy one of those ready made books or you could just create your own scrapbook. Here’s a lovely floral one on Amazon that I like. 

Or you could use Blurb once your baby is born to create your very own hardcover books of all the photos you take. It’s really easy, you just upload your photos, order your books and they send them to you. It’s pretty cool. You can check out Blurb with the banner below.

 

Take Maternity Photos

 

Speaking of photos and scrapbooking, many women like to take maternity photos for their memory books these days, and I think it’s a brilliant idea.

This was not on trend when I had my three babes and now I really regret not having photos of my pregnancies. Well, I have photos but they’re not professional ones. It’s disappointing. 

Don’t make the same mistake I did. Get those pretty pictures made. 

 

 

Get LOTS Of Rest

 

This! Get SO much rest. Then get some more. You will not sleep for a month once your baby is here. 

I mean you will some… but not REAL sleep. Sometimes you may go much longer. It will all depend on how well your baby sleeps and what kind of schedule they develop. 

So take advantage of that bliss that only your bed can bring you and enjoy every minute of it. 

 

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Get A Hair Cut

 

You should definitely get a hair cut before baby arrives. You just won’t be able to after for the longest time. You think you will be you won’t. 

You will hardly have time to even bathe. 

I know what you’re thinking. You won’t become that mom. But you will, believe me. It may only last the first year but that’s just the way motherhood goes. 

 

 

Have Sex. Seriously.

 

Sex during pregnancy is so good. All those hormones make your body go crazy and they will really affect your orgasm.

Best. Ever.  And you have to keep in mind that after baby comes you’ll have to sustain for at least 6 weeks. That can seem like a long time for some so get in some good sessions and Enjoy yourself. Then get some more sleep. 

 

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Begin Perineal Massage

 

Perineal massage is the stretching of the opening of the birth canal. This type of massage done in the last month of pregnancy will increase your chances of having a natural vaginal birth and it will also help prevent tearing. 

You can learn more about preventing tears and Perineal massage here.

 

 

Wash All Your Baby’s Clothes 

 

It’s best to go ahead and wash your baby’s clothes before she wears them in a gentle detergent like Dreft. 

Your baby’s skin is really delicate and there is often dust and chemicals on new clothes that can cause irritation and rashes. 

New babies are really prone to becoming rashy so doing this will really help prevent skin problems. 

 

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Clean Your House When You’re Getting Close

 

When you feel like you’re getting close to birth give your house a really good cleaning. But I don’t really have to tell you this. 

You’ll go into nesting mode and clean everything in site. It’s good to do this because it will be a lot less stressful after the baby is born if everything is in order. 

 

Pay Bills Ahead Of Time

 

This is a big one. If you don’t pay bills ahead of time you’ll forget! I know you think you won’t be you likely will unless someone else takes care of it for you. 

It won’t even come to mind. When I had my babes it was like the outside world didn’t exist. It just all falls away and it’s hard to remember certain responsibilities. 

I learn this the hard way by the time I had my third. I Paid everything in advance for two months so I wouldn’t forget again. 

 

 

Buy Any Last Minute Items That You Didn’t Get On Your Registry

 

You probably have most of what you need by now but there may be one or two things you didn’t get on your registry or that you just forgot. Grab them now so you’ll have them handy. 

 

 

So this is your 3rd Trimester list of Critical things to get done. I think I covered just about everything and I hope it helps. If you want to download it as a pdf for reference you can use the purple button below. 

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Exclusive Pumping | Tips That Will Make Your Journey A Whole Lot Easier

Exclusive Pumping | Tips That Will Make Your Journey A Whole Lot Easier

Sometimes instead of feeding from the breast you decide to pump exclusively. It could be because of latch problems or supply problems or perhaps you just want to do it that way because that’s what suits you best.

Or maybe your baby was premature and cannot breastfeed, or you have to back to work right away. 

Whatever the reason, exclusive pumping can be really tricky and a whole lot of work. With that being said, plenty of moms do it and are successful at it. It’s so worth the effort to give your babe that pure liquid goodness. 

 

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Below are tips that will help you on your exclusive pumping journey and make life much easier for you and your babe.

 

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Tips For Exclusive Pumping 

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Create an Exclusive Pumping Schedule

 

First and foremost you must have a schedule for pumping. This will ensure that you keep up your milk supply. 

Many times it’s recommended you pump every two hours for 20 minutes and at least 8 times a day. But you could stretch that out a bit after the first month or so when your milk has really come in. 

You could pump every three to four hours and get more milk in each session instead of doing it every two hours and only getting a few ounces. This will help save your sanity because pumping takes a lot out of you and you’ll already be super busy with your new babe.

But again, you need to wait to stretch out your schedule like this until your milk is really established. 

 

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As time goes on you will be able to pump less and less because your child will begin eating solids. But make sure you build up a freezer stash for times when you cannot pump. 

All of this and more is covered in the Exclusive Pumping course I mentioned above. You should take a look. 

 

How Much Milk Will You Need?

 

While your baby is small he will drink small amounts often. As he grows he will take larger amounts in each sitting. 

Here’s what you can expect from the beginning:

  • During the first few days after the birth of your baby, you will only be able to pump and collect a small amount of colostrum. Colostrum is the first breast milk. It is concentrated and very nutritious, so a tiny amount is all your baby needs.
  • After the first week, you should be able to pump two or three ounces every couple of hours or so. 
  • After the first month, you’ll need 24 to 34 ounces a day. To get this amount you’ll need to pump about every three hours but everyone is different so you may need to adjust your schedule accordingly. 
  • When your babe reaches the six-month mark he’ll need 36 to 50 ounces a day, so continue to pump often. You will have a very established milk supply by this time so it shouldn’t be difficult to pump that much.

 

 

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Now let me give you some good tips to make this thing a whole lot easier.

 

In The Beginning Months, Power Pump

 

Power pumping can really boost your milk supply. This is important because it’s not as easy to keep your milk up when pumping as it is when breastfeeding alone. It has to do with hormones, specifically Oxytocin. 

It ( power pumping ) will mimic cluster feeding to really get things flowing. You can follow this schedule to help boost supply:

Pump for 20 minutes then rest for 10 minutes. Pump for 10 more minutes then rest for another 10. After that pump for 20 minutes straight again. 

If you want you can do it more then once a day at first. It takes a lot of commitment but it will ensure you have a steady flow of milk for your babe at all times. 

 

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Download a Pump App

 

Downloading a pumping app can help you keep up with your schedule and show you how well you’re progressing with increasing your milk supply. Here’s a great one called Pump Log. You can get it on iTunes.

 

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 The 4 Different Stages Of Labor 

18 Pregnancy Hacks Every Mama Needs To Know To Survive! 

6 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Induction But Should!

12 Things you need to know about Epidurals before you have one

 

Ignore The Judgy Advice

 

A lot of people won’t get why you exclusively pump. They’ll have all kinds of questions, judgments and things to say.

But just ignore them, they don’t know what they’re talking about. No one understands the decisions you’ve made but you and that’s all that matters. 

 

 

 

 

If your Supply Starts Dropping add In Sessions

 

If your supply begins dwindling at any point just add in more sessions. You can also Power pump more often and use the app mentioned above to log everything.

Don’t panic if you do get a sudden drop. You’ll be able to get it back up with persistence and patience. 

 

 

Lubricate Your Breast Shields For Comfort 

 

Lubricating your breast shields will make your non-stop pumping a lot more comfortable. 

All that squeezing just gets really uncomfortable after awhile. You get used to it and your nipples toughen up but creating some slide will make the process much easier. 

You can use coconut oil to lubricate them. It’s safe, moisturizing and it just feels nice. 

 

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Get A Hands Free Pumping Bra

 

You will definitely want a hands free pumping bra if you’re going to be exclusively pumping. This device will make your life so much better. 

You can pump doing anything and everything hands-free. Here’s a great one On Amazon you may like. 

 

 

Get A Battery Operated Pump That Will Work With Your Car Charger

 

 

This is important if you EVER want to leave your house. And obviously, you do. Medela makes the best pumps around and they have a car charger for most of their pumps. 

 

Have A Manual Pump For Emergencies

 

You should also have a manual pump for emergencies.  Sometimes life happens. Your pump breaks or the power goes out. 

You won’t have a way to pump that liquid gold without a nice manual pump. It’s a super important tool in your pumping arsenal. 

Medela also makes a great manual one and you can find it right here. 

 

 

 

Invest In Good Breastfeeding Covers 

 

A lot of moms who exclusively pump don’t think to buy Breastfeeding covers but you’ll really need them. 

When you go out in public you’ll still need to follow a pumping schedule and the best way to cover up is to use one of these babies right here. 

 

Use A Good Nipple Cream

 

Your nipples take a lot of abuse from the pump and a good nipple cream is essential. There are so many good ones but I really love this one right here and it’s what I used with all three of my little ones. I highly recommend it! 

 

 

Boost Your Milk Supply With Herbs

 

There are some good herbs out there that will help keep your supply high and steady. You may have heard of a few of them before. 

One in particular Fenugreek has been used safely for centuries. 

You can find Fenugreek in Pink Stork supplements along with other milk boosting nutrients. I am a big fan of Pink Stork products, they offer the best lactation supplements you can buy.  Here’s one with everything you need to boost your supply. 

 

Use Other Lactation Boosting Products Too

 

There are great lactation recipes all over the internet, especially on Pinterest ( Follow Me!), but if you want to make things easy on yourself you can buy special protein powders and products specially formulated for lactating moms. 

There are these Milkmaker Lactation cookies and this Milkflow Tea. 

The choices are endless and all of them support your Pumping Journey. 

 

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The biggest takeaway from all this is to just create a really good schedule, Power pump in the first few months and have really good pumping supplies on hand. 

Also, keep up a record of your progress, use lactation boosting products and make sure you stay comfortable and keep your nipples healthy. 

It’s all a lot of work but it’s so worth it and it does get easier over time.

Breastmilk is such a blessing for your babe and if you’re able to give it to him one way or another, you’ll be glad you did. 

I wish you all the luck in the world. 

 

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The Amazing Benefits Of Delayed Cord Clamping

The Amazing Benefits Of Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed Cord Clamping is a really good idea and the health benefits of this practice are so compelling. 

When your babe is born, as much as 25-60% of the fetal blood supply remains inside the placenta. Waiting to clamp the umbilical cord, for just 30-60 seconds after birth, allows the placenta to pulse this extra blood to the baby. Crazy right?!

With this particular post, I will be covering exactly what delayed cord clamping is, the benefits and negatives of delayed cord clamping, a case study
around this topic and more.

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What Is Delayed Cord Clamping Exactly?

Delayed cord clamping is a medical practice of simply waiting a minute or two to clamp off your baby’s Umbilical cord. 

It has been a common practice for a long time that the cord would be cut straight away. The main reason was that it would supposedly prevent heavy bleeding.

But It has been long since discovered that the delayed cord clamping does not prevent nor change the outcome of bleeding. 

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The benefits of delayed cord clamping are awesome.  The baby benefits by having an increased number of red blood cells, stem cells and immune cells. Delayed cord clamping provides essential life support, restores blood volume and protects against organ damage, and brain injury.

It’s especially beneficial for premature babies as it helps to lower the risk of infection and blood transfusions. Within the scenarios of planning an emergency c-section and giving birth to twins, delayed cord clamping can also be applied.

 

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The Official Guidelines around Delayed Cord Clamping According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), the National
Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and the World Health Organisation say it’s better to wait between 30 to 60 seconds after the birth before cutting the umbilical cord (if both you and your baby are healthy). Maybe a little longer if you want. 

This approach is suggested for both term and preterm infants.

 

When Delayed Cord Clamping may not be appropriate

 

Delayed cord clamping may not always be right for the baby or mother, depending on the situation. Sometimes there are times where the mother’s and baby’s health may be at a higher risk. 

The situations, where delayed cord clamping may not be appropriate are as follows;

 There is a problem with the placenta, such as placenta praevia or placental abruption
(where the placenta detaches early from the uterus) before birth.
 There are concerns about the baby’s heartbeat.
 The umbilical cord is damaged or bleeding.
 If the mother is bleeding heavily

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Why Delayed Cord Clamping Is So Beneficial

 

There are stark contrasts between applying the cord clamping procedure immediately and
waiting a few minutes to do so. Here are the biggest benefits to the baby in more detail:

 Increased blood volume to thirty percent.
 For the first couple of days, an increase in red blood cell density (increased blood
volume by 30%).
 Improvement of blood circulation.
 The decreased likelihood of the need for a  blood transfusion.

 

 

 

 Lower incidence of the following issues; necrotizing enterocolitis and intraventricular
hemorrhage.
 Increased and improved iron levels for around six months. It is found that this
particular influx of iron helps contribute to a reduction and prevention of iron
deficiency during the first year of the baby’s life.
 The delay can ultimately allow for transfusion from the placenta to baby to take place.
This allows more time for immunoglobulins and stem cells, to be transferred
between placenta and baby. These are absolutely essential for both the repair of tissue
and organs within the body. Immunoglobulins and stem cells, also help support the
healing of cells, inflammation and organ dysfunction, which occur often in preterm
birth.

 

The Negatives of Delayed Cord Clamping 

Overall, there aren’t many negatives to delayed cord clamping but there is at least one:

 May increase jaundice, which would need light treatment (phototherapy). This is
caused by a build-up of Bilirubin. 

 

Most experts agree that the benefits of delayed cord clamping far outweigh the risks.

 

 

 

Case Study

Delayed umbilical cord clamping has been evaluated in a small number of case studies, to
see what the major differences would be and whether there would be any effect, in terms of
development and growth.
 In one focused case study, the ages studied were from 4 months to 4 years 
Development within the brain pathways did not differ within the different timings of
umbilical cord clamping, but….
 To further support and encourage the use of delayed cord clamping, it was found that
those that had the delayed cord clamping procedure applied, had moderately higher
scores in both social and fine motor skills. The group that was tested on were 4
years old.

Umbilical Cord Milking

Umbilical cord milking is an additional or alternative procedure to delayed cord clamping, that can be applied to newborn babies.

It’s a procedure, where the doctor holds down the umbilical cord between the thumb and forefinger, squeezes gently and pushes the substance held within the umbilical cord, right down into the baby’s abdomen.

In this way, newborns can receive all of the additional blood flow and ultimately, all the important nutrients and hemoglobin from the mother to the baby. 

• It is highly useful for situations, whereby the 30 – 60 second delay in cord
clamping may be too long (in certain risk situations). Umbilical cord
milking can be implemented very quickly (less than 15 seconds).

 

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So as you can see, Delayed Cord Clamping is an excellent idea! It such a small thing yet it makes such a huge difference. I don’t know why they don’t always wait and I wish I had known about this when I was having my three babies. 

Best of luck to you and your upcoming babe! 

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15 Ways To Speed Up Labor And Delivery

15 Ways To Speed Up Labor And Delivery

Having a baby is totally exhausting and it can sure take a while. A first-time mama will labor for 12-24 hours on average. Sometimes longer. 

But there are things you can do before and during labor that will help make the process just a bit easier and shorter. 

Below are some things you can do to speed your labor up so you don’t end up so exhausted that you can barely push. 

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The first few on this list are things you can do before labor has started at home to help get things going. The rest of the list are things you can do during active labor to keep things moving at a good pace. Read On!

 

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Exercise is Important (Get physical in different ways)

 

Dance

 

Consistent movement can be good for your body as a whole in terms of breathing, and loosening muscles. 

Dancing specifically can get you moving and also help put the right amount of pressure on the baby’s head so that it will push against the cervix.
Dancing can also irritate your uterus, which can help to encourage contractions.

High impact dance movements and exercises can have a negative impact so definitely talk to your doctor on the intensity and duration of the activity.

 

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Sex

Getting sexually intimate is not just for pleasure, it can also help get your labor going.

Having that all-important orgasm can help to not only stimulate your uterine muscles but also release the hormone oxytocin, which can help onset birthing contractions. The semen released during sex can also contribute to the softening of the opening of the cervix. Sounds fun right?!

And Sex is always especially good during pregnancy so get indulge yourself and your partner. 

 

Specific Stretches And Exercises Can Help Speed Things Up

 

Birthing Ball

 

Birthing Balls can be used to help encourage dilation and effacement during labor. They also help while at home as well. They work wonders!

Sitting down on a birthing ball can help put pressure on the baby’s head, right onto the cervix. Some specific movements and exercises that can help support this process include doing a figure 8 and hip circles.

 

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Kegel Exercises

 

Kegel Exercises are specifically used to tighten the muscles within your pelvic floor. A steady repetition of tightening and relaxing your pelvic floor muscles can help get you ready for birth.

Despite not being scientifically proven, doing repetitive kegel exercises can help get your labor started in some instances. Just the stimulation they provide can move things along nicely. 

 One approach to doing this type of exercise is to stand against the wall with your feet on the ground then go ahead and tighten and relax your pelvic floor muscles. Do a repetition of 100 of these. This will be difficult but it so good for your pelvic floor and very stimulating. 

 

 

 

Get A Massage

 

Treat yourself with a massage to help get your labor started.

Getting a massage is, of course, good in any circumstance. It helps relax your muscles, deep down, as well as enhance your all-around well-being.  

There are certain places the massage therapist can work to help stimulate your body so that contractions can start. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s worth a try. At least you’ll get a good rub down if nothing else. 

 

Acupuncture

 

This might be one of the more squeamish options to try but utilizing acupuncture in a focused way can be very beneficial.

Acupuncture is used to apply pressure to certain points on the surface of the body using tiny needles, fingers or thumb.

This can be used to help the cervix soften and dilate allowing the start of contractions in some cases. 

Believe it or not, Acupuncture can be particularly helpful for repositioning babies from breech to a natural vaginal birth position. I’m not sure how this would work exactly, You’d have to see your local Acupuncture expert if your babe was breech. 

 

 

Certain Foods And Drinks Can Make A Difference

There are foods that can not only speed labor along but can also serve the purpose of alleviating things that may arise in pregnancy. 

 

Tropical fruit

 

Some fruits contain special enzymes that can help start the onset of contractions, for example, pineapple, papaya, mango, and kiwi.

Pineapple is full of Bromelain, which can help soften and ripen the cervix,
and also aid in overall labor and delivery. Eating Pineapples in different forms can help with your digestion, and help alleviate constipation too. 

 

 

 

Iron filled food

 

Eating dried fruit and other such iron-filled foods like spinach can help reduce anemia.

Anemia can be a negative side effect of heavy bleeding, which can occur during and after birth.

 

Drink Tea To Help Ease the Pain

 

Drinking tea can be conducive toward shorter, earlier labor, and Certain kinds help relax muscles (and in turn, the uterus).

Raspberry tea, in particular, can help with treating anemia, toning the uterus and helping prepare for labor and delivery. It can also help with the pain of contractions that occur during pregnancy.

Additionally, Raspberry tea can also help with any irritability concerning the uterus and It can also reduce acute pain post birth. It’s good stuff and every mama to be should be drinking it. 

 

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Take a bath

 

This will have more of an impact on your emotional and spiritual state, which will in effect, helps with your physical state too.

Warm water will help relax and loosen your muscles and that is certainly helpful during labor and birth too, so get the room with a tub if you can.

Remember to keep the temperature at midrange, as hotter temperatures will have a negative effect on your babe. 

 

 

Consume Caster Oil 

 

Traditionally castor oil was given to kick start labor. But only do this if you are at your due date or past due. It really does work so you don’t want to do it early. It causes uterine stimulation and that often starts contractions. 

I did this with my third and it worked well. I had a baby less than 24 hours later. Many other women share the same story online. 

 

Now Your labor has started! Let’s talk about what you can do to move it along quickly! 

 

Your Environment Matters

 

A stressful environment will cause you to tighten up in every way. You really do need to be relaxed as much as possible. 

The best thing to do is to labor as long as possible in the comfort of your home, then when you’re ready to come to the hospital bring things that will make you very comfortable. 

 

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Bring your own pillows and music. Have them dim the lights and speak quietly. Whatever you need, just make sure you put it in a birthing plan beforehand so they’ll be able to accommodate you. You can print a free birthing plan right here. 

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Movement Is Important

 

Sitting or standing up and moving around is the best way to help your labor progress quickly. This helps gravity pull the baby down and it takes some pressure off your back and pelvis. That’s a good thing. 

Just sitting in the bed puts a lot of pressure on your lower body and it doesn’t allow you to open up very well. You want to give your body as much space as possible to do its thing. 

 

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Stripping or sweeping of the membranes

 

If your water still hasn’t broken the doctor can assist you in getting it done. This really helps speed things up. 

The doc will insert fingers into the cervix and peel off the membranes from the inner surface of the cervix. It triggers the uterus to release prostaglandins that dilate the cervix and stimulate contractions 

This procedure is really uncomfortable but afterward, you’ll have a babe before you know it. 

 

Get Medication

 

Medication can be given in certain circumstances and scenarios.  Pitocin is often given to help speed up dilation and labor in general if things are moving slow. 

This is also what they give you if you’re having your labor induced. 

It can be given as a:
→ A tablet or gel that is inserted into the vagina to start. 
→ A hormone drip to move things further along. 

 

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I hope your labor moves quickly and you enjoy it. These things will definitely help speed things up. 

The best of luck to you!!

 

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9 Ways to Help Avoid Tearing During Childbirth

9 Ways to Help Avoid Tearing During Childbirth

Tearing during childbirth is very painful and ranges in different degrees of severity.  Many women birth large babies without a tear at all and others tear birthing tiny babies. It just depends on your body. 

There are things you can do to prevent tearing or more accurately – minimize the risk of tearing. That’s what we’ll discuss today because you should try to avoid tearing at all costs. I tore with all three of my babes and I have scarring and less sensitivity down there now. Not fun…..

But first, let’s discuss why tears happen. 

During labor, the baby’s head descends into the vagina and moves down onto the perineum.

The perineal skin (the area between your vagina and anus) will thin and stretch over your baby’s head. As the baby’s head begins to crown, the labia and vaginal opening begin to bulge and stretch around the head.

If the skin and perineum have not stretched sufficiently then a tear can happen, unfortunately. 

Now let’s talk about the different kinds of tears you can have.

 

There are four degrees of tearing and the third and fourth are less common and pretty gruesome. 

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A first-degree tear is when the skin is only torn a bit. With a first-degree laceration, you may not even need stitches which would be awesome. 

A second-degree tear is a little more serious. This lacerations involve both skin and muscle tearing and do require stitches. This is what happens to me each time. 

A third-degree tear is in the vaginal skin, perineal skin and the muscle that extend to the anal sphincter (muscle around your anus). Not cool. 

And the last is by far the worst. A Fourth Degree Tear is the same as a third-degree one except it extends into the anal sphincter and the tissue around it.

 

 

 

Both can negatively affect the pelvic floor function and anal muscles. So not ok. 

But as I said earlier there are things you can do to help. The list below are things you should do both prenatally and some great tips to do during birth to prevent or minimize tearing.

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 Take a Childbirth Education Class

 This one is huge because being calm during birth, finding good positions, possibly choosing to forgo the epidural (no judgment and we support all) is going to lessen the chance of tearing or lessen the amount of tearing.

Here’s a good online prenatal course that you can take, and part of it is absolutely free. Sign up for the free part here. 

 

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Good Nutrition 

 

Good nutrition will give your skin the elasticity to stretch far beyond its normal ability. I’m sure by this far in your pregnancy you know what is considered good and bad but just for the record, I’ll say eat plenty of fruits and veggies along with healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oils. 

 

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 Avoid the episiotomy

 

An Episiotomy is when they go ahead and cut the area to make more room for baby. Not sure why so many still do this but it’s still pretty common.

Routine episiotomy increases the risk of severe tears, and long term perineal, vaginal, pelvic floor, and anal sphincter damage, and an episiotomy rarely has benefits over a natural tear.

So why do it? In most situations, if any tearing is going to occur, natural tearing has less risk and often heals better. If your doctor starts talking about having one tell them NO THANKS. 

 

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Maternal Positioning

 

Your birthing position can also play a big part in reducing tearing. Research shows that if you’re in a standing, squatting, kneeling or side-lying position, you’re more likely to conclude childbirth without a tear. 

If you really want to avoid tearing you may want to skip the Epidural. When you get one you’ll be stuck in one position laying down. This really increases the risk of tearing. 

There are other options for labor pain besides Epidural that will allow for more movement. You can learn more about that right here. 

 

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 Waterbirthing 

 

Getting in a warm tub is said to help your skin stretch. The warm water helps increase skin elasticity considerably. Midwives and doulas agree that this is a great way to avoid a tear so opt for that room with the tub in case you decide you want to hop in. 

 

Beautiful pregnant woman during labour in water pool giving birth.

 

 

Perineal Massage

 

Perineal Massage doesn’t sound like much fun but it’s extremely helpful. You’ll be glad you took the time to do it when you come out of birth with your perineum intact. 

Here’s a great video that will teach you all about tears and massage. 

 

 

 

 

Use A Birthing Ball

 

Getting on a birthing ball during labor and beforehand will help condition your skin and perineum to open up and stretch. It’s a great exercise and it helps condition your body for giving birth. 

Here’s a ball made just for pregnant mamas. You can get it on Amazon at a great price. 

 

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13 Ways to cope with labor pain without an Epidural

What To Expect The First 24 Hours After Birth

What To Expect The First Week Home With Your Newborn

How to Get Through Labor Transition Without Crying 

10 Last minute things you’re forgetting to do before birth 

The best Labor Advice you’ll ever get!

 The 4 Different Stages Of Labor 

6 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Induction But Should!

 

Warm Compresses

 

Warm compresses during the later stages of labor are so helpful for many reasons. First and foremost they warm up the tissue and allow it to stretch really well. 

Second, they supply comfort and help with the pain. You can use warm, wet washcloths. Most rooms have a microwave but if not use hot water from the sink.

 

 

 

You can have your partner hold them on there when you get near the pushing stages. This is standard practice for most midwives so if you have one ask them about it.

 

 Good Ole Fashion Kegels 

 

Kegels will help strengthen your pelvic floor and your vagina too. They will bring lots of blood flow and prepare your vagina for relaxing as your baby enters the birth canal.

Kegels will help the muscles recover after childbirth so that you don’t have accidents for those first few months as well so they’re well worth the little bit of effort. 

 

So there you have it, these are the traditional ways to help your body birth easier and prevent or minimize tearing. I hope this helps and gives you some things to consider. 

I wish you tons of luck on your birthing journey and enjoy this special time! 

 

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