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What Causes Labor Pain and How to Cope

Filed under: Baby April — Ada at 8:15 am on Sunday, January 23, 2005
© Copyright Ada Kanu 2019

By Terri Isidro-Cloudas

Understanding the physical and emotional factors in labor.

Physical Factors

Understanding the causes of labor pain will make it easier for you to cope. There are two basic factors for pain in childbirth: physical and emotional. Learn more about these factors and what you can do to lessen the experience of pain during labor.

Most of the physical pain in labor is caused by:

* Muscle cramps and straining

* Medical tests and procedures (pelvic exams, shots, IVs, catheterization, and so forth)

* Position of the baby

Your muscles are hard at work during labor and you might experience strain and fatigue in your legs, arms, and back from the various positions and straining. Your uterine muscles make powerful contractions in order to dilate the cervix, and that causes cramping. To relieve these types of pain, try relaxation techniques — they’ll go a long way in allowing nature to take its course, letting these muscles do the work they need to do. Also, don’t forget to breathe! Breathing properly will help ensure that your muscles get the oxygen they need to work most efficiently.

Medical tests and interventions can be uncomfortable, too. But bear in mind that often this discomfort is only temporary. Ask your health-care provider to talk with you about some of the tests and procedures you might need. Express your opinion about what kinds of interventions you find acceptable. If you have a good rapport with your health-care provider, you’ll have more peace of mind. You’ll feel less stress and anxiety, and this can actually help minimize the perceived discomfort of tests and procedures.

There are certain painful situations — such as “back labor,” a condition caused by the position of the fetus — that are difficult to control. However, even in back labor there are many things you can do to help relieve the pain. Try massage, movement, vocalization, breathing, hypnosis, and medications to cope with the pain. Also, the baby might be encouraged to change position by massage or by your changing position.

Emotional Factors

Many negative emotions can actually increase your perception of pain:

  • Fear of pain
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Anxiety
  • Self-doubt
  • Lack of education
  • Exhaustion
  • Dehydration
  • Hunger
  • Talk with your labor support person, women who’ve had positive birth experiences, and/or a professional therapist to help you develop a healthy emotional state for laboring. Having the support of a trusted person with whom you have good communication during labor is key to minimizing feelings of helplessness or fear of the unknown.

    Learn about the process of labor to clear up any confusion about what exactly is going on inside your body. Get as much sleep as possible and take it easy in the final weeks before your due date. Extra rest will give you more stamina for labor.

    And while each labor is unique, reading or listening to birth stories of other women who’ve been through labor can give you a reality check in terms of what you might expect.

    With some preparation and relaxation techniques, the painful aspects of laboring will be much easier to handle.

    Source: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

    Reviewed 01/03 by Elizabeth Stein, CNM

    The information on this Web site http://www.americanbaby.com is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child’s condition.

    Preventing Premature Labor

    Filed under: Baby April — Ada at 12:07 am on Saturday, January 22, 2005
    © Copyright Ada Kanu 2019

    By Richard Schwarz, MD

    Learn what causes premature labor and what to watch out for.

    Possible Causes

    If your due date is weeks or even months away, you’ve probably got lots of time left to anticipate the happy day. However, for some women, delivery comes a lot sooner than they expect.

    While health care for preemies is improving, taking steps to prevent preterm labor and its complications for your baby is vital. The causes of preterm labor aren’t yet understood, but the latest research suggests that it may be triggered by the body’s natural response to certain bacterial infections such as these:

    * Vaginal infections: Studies suggest that a common infection called bacterial vaginosis (BV) may double a woman’s chances of delivering prematurely. BV, which affects 12 to 22 percent of pregnant women, is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria that naturally occur in the vagina. Fortunately, a safe treatment that significantly lowers the rate of preterm delivery is available — talk to your doctor.

    * Infection of the fetal membranes: Studies have shown that any bacterial infection affecting the amniotic fluid and fetal membranes can increase your risk for delivering prematurely. Once diagnosed, however, these infections can be treated with antibiotics that are safe for mother and baby.

    * Periodontal (gum) disease: A small 1996 study from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry reported that women who had severe periodontal disease faced a sevenfold increase in their risk of preterm delivery. While more studies are needed to confirm this, researchers speculate that the infection may prompt the production of hormone-like substances that trigger labor. Unfortunately, the treatments for periodontal disease aren’t recommended for pregnant women. If you have any signs of gum disease — bleeding gums, a receding gumline, or loose teeth — your dentist should be able to advise you on proper dental care during pregnancy.

    Warning Signs

    Contact your doctor if any of these signs of preterm labor occur before 37 weeks’ gestation:

  • Uterine contractions that become more painful, happen every 10 minutes or less, come at regular intervals (for example, every 12 minutes), and/or are increasingly closer together
  • Menstrual-like cramps in your lower abdomen that may come and go or be constant
  • Pelvic pressure that comes and goes and makes it feel like the baby is pushing down
  • Low, dull backache below your waist that may come and go or be constant
  • Vaginal discharge that suddenly increases in amount or becomes watery, tinged with blood, or full of mucus
  • While prematurity is common, there are a number of steps you and your doctor can take to prevent it or lessen its complications in your baby. And the prognosis for the littlest infants seems to get better all the time.

    The information on this Web site http://www.americanbaby.com
    is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child’s condition.

    The Dangerous Practice of Early Clamping of the Umbilical Cord

    Filed under: Baby April — Ada at 3:57 pm on Wednesday, January 19, 2005
    © Copyright Ada Kanu 2019

    The following are established facts:

    Birth asphyxia (lack of oxygen) causes newborn brain damage.

    Before birth, the placenta supplies the brain with oxygen.

    After birth, the lungs supply the brain with oxygen.

    After the delivery of the child, and before delivery of the placenta, the oxygen supply changes from the placenta to the lungs.

    During normal changeover, placental oxygenation continues until pulmonary oxygenation is established.

    During normal changeover, the brain is not deprived of oxygen.

    During normal changeover, placental blood is transfused into the child, increasing its blood volume.

    The increased blood volume flows through the lungs augmented by ventilation to establish pulmonary oxygenation.

    After pulmonary oxygenation is established, placental oxygenation ceases - the cord vessels close; the brain’s oxygen supply is not interrupted.

    The child’s innate reflexes control all the above mechanisms and functions.

    Those reflexes have been developed over millions of years for optimal survival of the newborn.

    The following are established facts regarding umbilical cord clamping before pulmonary oxygenation is established:

    Placental oxygenation is arrested and the brain is deprived of oxygen until the lungs function.

    Placental transfusion is arrested and the child is hypovolemic.

    Blood flow through the lungs and other organs is not optimal and pulmonary oxygenation is not optimal.

    The child’s life support systems are not optimal for survival or for optimum health.

    Depending on the degree of asphyxia and the length of time of asphyxia produced by cord clamping, the child will have varying degrees of brain damage that range from no damage through degrees of neurological impairment to brain death. Natural (normal) cord closure prevents birth asphyxia and prevents brain damage.

    Articles on this website http://www.cordclamping.com explain how modern obstetrical and neonatal care is causing newborn brain damage and how that care can be corrected; they provide references to support the explanation.


    Posting to my blog

    Filed under: General — Ada at 8:15 pm on Sunday, January 16, 2005
    © Copyright Ada Kanu 2019

    As it states clearly in my title and introduction, my blog is a memoir of my life dealing with my 3rd pregnancy so I will not allow comments not dealing with the subject posted and will delete comments such as;

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    This blog has nothing to do with online gambling or poker and would appreciate you stop bothering me with your posts or I will forward your IP numbers to the Attorney General.

    Forewarned is forearmed.