During pregnancy, or even before if you are trying to conceive, it is suggested you take a prenatal vitamin or supplement with folate or folic acid. Folate is water soluble, so it does not remain in your system for long, and this is why you need to constantly replenish your supply through your diet. Although folate deficiencies are rare, folate is really important when you are pregnant because it helps prevent neural tube defects. Folate and folic acid are often used interchangeably but they are not identical. This episode answers a question about the differences between folate and folic acid and which one is better.
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Alcohol is one of the very first things to go once you see that positive pregnancy test. A lot of expecting moms have questions about alcohol. Trying to figure out guidelines for alcohol and pregnancy can be so confusing. Can you drink any alcohol during your pregnancy? Does it affect your baby? How much is okay? These are questions you may have asked your doctor or midwife and you usually get one of two answers. You hear, absolutely no alcohol, in any quantity, or, it’s okay to enjoy a glass of wine from time to time with a meal. When you drink alcohol it is absorbed through your stomach and small intestines and enters your blood stream. Once it is in your blood stream it goes to your heart, brain, muscles, and other tissues. If you are pregnant, it is also going to your placenta and then gets passed to your baby through the umbilical cord. You already know that drinking high amounts of alcohol is a bad idea. What about an occasional drink? This episode is going to get into all of the details on alcohol and pregnancy, how it affects your baby, and what the research says about drinking when you are pregnant.
A pudendal nerve block is an injection of an anesthetic that works to block the pudednal nerve. This nerve goes into two branches, one on each side of your body, and carries sensation from your labia, clitoris, and perenium. Transvaginal refers to how this shot is administered, and it is given through your vagina. This procedure is done in the second stage of labor, just before your baby is born. This episode answers several questions relating to a pudendal nerve block including whether it is recommended, what the short and long term risks are, and whether it will affect the progression of labor or your baby.
A birth plan is your plan of how you envision your birth and what happens directly following the birth of your baby. A birth plan allows you to make choices. You get to choose where you want to have your baby, who you want to be there, what procedures are done to you, and what procedures are done to your baby. If you don’t make these choices someone else will make them for you. You know your body, your lifestyle, your preferences, and your priorities better than anyone. A birth plan is really more than a piece of paper you hand to your care provider. It is the process you go through to prepare for the birth experience you want. The importance of a birth plan has a lot more to do with the process of writing it than it does with the finished product. How your birth unfolds, and how you and your baby experience it, are a direct result of your planning ahead.
Shopping for baby gear can be overwhelming. Choosing the right crib can be especially intimidating because safety is a top priority. You have a lot of options when it comes to cribs, with many different styles and price ranges. As if shopping for a crib isn’t confusing enough, you also have other options like a bassinet for the first few months. Deciding what sleeping arrangement is right for you can be a challenge. This episode answers a couple questions about choosing the right crib and whether you need a bassinet and has a great resource to check out before making a purchase.
The third stage of labor starts after your baby is born and ends with birthing the placenta. Even after your beautiful baby is born your uterus will continue to contract. These contractions are much more mild than the contractions you experience during birth. As your uterus begins to contract and shrink, your placenta will detach from your uterine wall. The blood vessels are then closed off, and the placenta is pushed out. You have some options as to what interventions are employed during this stage. This episode explains all of your choices during the third stage of labor and examines the research to give you all of the information you need to make the right decision for you.
Evening primrose oil comes from seeds of a wildflower that grows in the United States. It is usually found in capsules or as an oil. Some pregnant moms use evening primrose oil to help with cervical ripening, to attempt to induce labor. The research available on evening primrose oil sheds some light on whether this is a good method to induce labor naturally and what some of the side effects are. This episode answers a question about what evening primrose oil does and whether you should take it.
Vitamin K and erythromycin are involved in two standard procedures that are done to your newborn shortly after birth. All babies are naturally born with low levels of vitamin K. This vitamin is essential to helping your baby's blood clot. The shot of vitamin K is designed to provide your baby with adequate levels of vitamin K to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding. Erythromycin eye ointment is an antibacterial medication to prevent eye infections that can cause permanent damage or even blindness in your baby. Find out what the risks are of these complications are and learn more about why vitamin K and erythromycin are administered. Like everything pregnancy and birth related you have choices. This episode gets into what the vitamin K and erythromycin procedures entail, why they are done, all of the risks and benefits, and your options.
Rupturing the membranes refers to breaking your water, which is also known as an amniotomy, and this is one type of induction. This procedure is thought to release prostaglandins and create a rise in oxytocin to speed up labor. An amniotomy is typically done only if the cervix is partially dilated and thinned and the baby's head is deep in the pelvis. A doctor or midwife ruptures your membranes by making a small opening in the amniotic sac with a thin plastic hook, which is very similar to a knitting needle. There are both benefits and risks with an induction. It can be really stressful if your care provider is recommending an induction when you are trying to avoid it. This episode answers a question about how to handle this tough situation, and discusses the pros and cons of your care provider rupturing your membranes.