Going through pregnancy and childbirth is a unique experience for all women as all births are different and everyone’s experience of labour and childbirth will vary; however one thing that is for sure for all women is that you will go through three stages of labour. These stages of labour are as follows:
• The first stage of labour involves the shortening and then the dilation of the cervix. It is also in the first stage of labour that your contractions begin, however they may be irregular and sporadic at first.
• The second stage of labour is often called the pushing stage, which is when the cervix becomes fully dilated and ends with the birth of your child.
• The third and final stage is when, the placenta detaches from the uterine wall and is expelled through the birth canal
In our society today women are constantly bombarded with images of labour and childbirth and all of these images have the same theme, which is agony. These images constantly show women screaming through the pain. As a nation we have been conditioned to fear childbirth despite the fact it is one of the most natural and rewarding things that we can go through.
With the right help and guidance childbirth should go smoothly and from the start of your labour through to the birth of your child you should be made to feel as comfortable as possible.
There are numerous ways in which you can help the process of childbirth such as pain control. When you are in labour you will be offered various types of pain relief; some women even decide before hand what pain relief, if any they want during the birth of their child. So just what pain relief is available to you during childbirth? The most common is gas and air; this can be used throughout your labour. Another common form of pain relief designed to make the birth that little bit easier is an epidural. This is provided by anaesthetists and involves placing a needle near the spinal cord in your lower back region.
The contractions that you experience during labour cause the baby’s head to be pressed down through the pelvis and against the inside of the cervix. This causes the cervix to stretch open (dilate) allowing the baby's head to pass through into the vagina and onwards into the outside world.
In some cases however you may have to have an emergency caesarean section. This is common if unexpected complications arise and the baby is suffering a lack of oxygen or if your labour is progressing slowly.
Many women facing the prospect of childbirth have countless questions regarding what is involved, hopefully we have answered some of those questions here but if you have some more that you would like answering please feel free to contact us here at Pregnancy Informer today and we will be happy to help in whatever way we can.
Childbirth Advice and Information from Pregnancy Informer - Pregnancy And Birth
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