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early signs labour contractions pain relief

early signs labour contractions pain relief and infections

early signs labour contractions

early signs labour worried baby is on its way ? if you think there won’t any pain in labour forget it thats why its called labour because its hard work.its because to get a baby out from a narrow gap theres a lot of stretching and work to be done .There are numerous ways available to you now than compared to  the 16th century when all a woman could do was bite on a rolled up piece of wet rag or a hard stick..lets take a look what there is now….

  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS machine). TENS machines deliver small electrical pulses to the body via electrodes placed on the skin.
  • gas and air method known as ENTONOX.mum breathes it in through the mouth piece or a mask during labour.
  • pain relief by injections depending on the hospital these ones are often used Diamorphine, Pethidine and Meptazinol.
  • A soothing water birthing pool many mums love it or hate it and some actually prefer to stay in the pool to give birth.
  • Epidural… involves an injection of drugs through a catheter placed into the epidural space (Lower bac)k. The injection can cause both a loss of sensation (anaesthesia) and a loss of pain (analgesia), by blocking the transmission of signals through nerves in or near the spinal cord.

labour suite

Contractions in labour

As contractions get stronger so the need for stronger pain relief.Contractions are there to move the baby down into the delivery canal. Contractions start of slowly then as they get stronger the intensity increases. First the cervix thins and opens then as the stomach contracts it pushes down squeezing the muscles tightly. slowly but surely each contraction is one step closer to baby being born. In first pregnancies there is much more work to be done and usually takes longer . mums next children she has should be shorter labours and quicker deliveries.

dads in the labour suite too

Well dad to be you certainly will feel left out a little when the new baby arrives, you can be sitting visiting your wife in hospital after she has just given birth, then all her other visitors come in a Kiss for mum, A cuddle with baby, Flowers for mum, Balloons for baby. what about you dad well maybe a quick kiss on the cheek.

What about before mum has given birth, in the delivery suite? Do you think you will be left out here ? Well you can be, as all the focus will be centered on your wife why?

 Its because its hard work for her and the midwives need to keep focused so she will listen to their instructions and so your baby is safely delivered.

You can take an active part here as she gives birth in the delivery suite but all you do may never seem enough and heres why?

Beginning of labour your wife may have a quick chat with you fetch me this, Carry me, Get me some ice,A drink , Some snacks, Nip to the shop, its boring stuff but you will be helping her loads as the worry especially as a first time mum can be very stressful leading up to the birth.It will help her take her mind off things until full esatblished labour kicks in. Then a womans body ,makes changes as baby makes its way down the birth canal. Your wife ,may not know what she is saying from one minute to the next she may Shout at you, Blame you, Scream at you but she doesnt mean it. Its a mum to be’s way of trying to cope with the instence pains that she is experiencing.You may want to wet her head and she says stop it, you may fan her face which may help so you have to switch roles each time to see which gives her the most comfort at that specific time.

She may be fortunate and not have too bad of a labour, she may get tired and have no strength so its very important to take a step back so the  midwives can help take control of the situation and do what ever they as of you to keep you still involved.

infections in labour that can effect babies

Group B strep in pregnancy.What is Group B strep ?

Please sign this e-petition. its calling for every woman to be  routinely given accurate information about group B Streptococcus (group B Strep or GBS) during pregnancy at antenatal care; every low-risk woman is offered a sensitive test for GBS, ideally at 35-37 weeks of pregnancy; and every higher-risk woman is offered antibiotics in labour.

Is Group B strep dangerous for newborn babies?

Its An infection that passes onto baby during delivery if mum has GBS it can be present at any time – in a woman’s first pregnancy, or in subsequent pregnancies. It can be a threat during pregnancy, around delivery and afterwards.

Early-onset GBS infection in newborn babies 0-6 days after birth.

Late onset GBS infection in babies age 6 days – 3 months of age.

 Offering antibiotics in labour to Mums whose babies are at raised risk would prevent most of these infections

sign the petition here 

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