Unfortunately, sometimes when your skin is stretching during birth it can tear. It is pretty common for first time mothers to have some tearing during a vaginal delivery and of course there is also the possibility that you could have an episiotomy, which is a surgical incision. The good news is that there are some things you can do leading up to, and during, your labor and delivery to prevent this. I know all of this can sound scary but it shouldn’t be. The benefits of a vaginal delivery far outweigh the downside of a tear or an episiotomy. Keep in mind some women make it through a vaginal birth without any tearing so it is not unavoidable. If you do end up with a tear or incision there is a lot you can do to make yourself more comfortable, give yourself some relief, and help your body heal afterwards.
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A doula is a professional who has been trained in childbirth and who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother and their birth partner. Having a doula can be an amazing help in creating the birth experience you want, and can drastically decrease your chances of requiring an intervention and a cesarean section. This episode features Nathalie Saenz of the Dearest Doula podcast. She has a passion for birth and explains everything you need to know about doulas from what they do to some great questions to ask when finding one that is the right fit for you.
Nathalie Saenz is a birth doula, and the creator and host of the Dearest Doula podcast, a free online resource for new and aspiring birth workers. She currently offers pregnancy and birth support in San Antonio, Texas.
It is very common for first time expecting moms to be scared of giving birth. This is especially true when you are surrounded by negative birth stories, and facing so many unknowns about what birth will be like and how you will handle it. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to set yourself up for a positive experience and to go into labor without being scared of giving birth. This episode has actionable steps you can start taking right now to set yourself up to go into your labor with confidence and overcome being scared of giving birth.
The glucose challenge screening has become a standard part of prenatal care in the third trimester. This screening test evaluates how well your body processes sugar to find out if you are at risk for gestational diabetes. If your blood glucose levels are not within a normal range you will be required to take the glucose tolerance test. Pregnancy affects your insulin resistance and your blood glucose levels and 6-7% of pregnancies are impacted by gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs only during your pregnancy, and goes away after the birth of your baby. If it is not treated, this diagnosis comes with risks to both you and your baby. Identifying whether you have this condition and treating it, can make a major difference to your and your baby’s health. This episode dives into what gestational diabetes is, how it affects you and your baby, the methods of testing for gestational diabetes and examines the risks of the tests and potential alternatives.
The birth of your baby starts the third stage of labor during which you birth your placenta. The expulsion of the placenta and the closing off of blood vessels in your uterus is critical to your health during labor. A retained placenta is a birth complication that affects about 2% of births worldwide. The top risks associated with this are postpartum hemorrhage and infection. These complications have a high mortality rate in underdeveloped countries but typically are managed well in the Unites States and other developed countries. This Q&A is from Lisa who experienced a retained placenta during her last pregnancy and wants to be proactive in preventing it from happening again.
There are a lot of myths surrounding pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. Many of these false beliefs are perpetuated by movies and television, repeated by news outlets and on social media, and passed on through friends and family. Eventually these untruths come to be assumptions that can mislead expecting moms. Pregnancy myths can give you a negative attitude about your pregnancy, misguide you about your diet, and mislead you about your due date and going into labor. Myths about birth can limit your options about how you give birth and steer you towards unnecessary interventions. Breastfeeding myths can give you false information about drinking alcohol and breastfeeding and even influence you to stop breastfeeding before your baby is ready to wean. This episode digs into the evidence to debunk 15 common myths about pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding that can have a major impact on you and your baby.
A uterus is usually pear-shaped and is in a straight vertical position. There are many different abnormalities that can occur in the shape and position of your uterus. Some of these are minor, like a tilted uterus, and don’t have any impact on fertility, pregnancy, and birth. Some abnormalities are more serious and may increase your risks for complications. It is estimated that 4-7% of women have some type of abnormality that occurs when their reproductive system is formed. One of those anomalies is a bicornuate uterus, commonly referred to as a heart shaped uterus. This episode explains a tilted uterus and a heart shaped uterus, and what the risks are for you and your baby.