Labor and birth of the baby is the effect of dilatation of the cervix, and contractions of the uterus and abdominal muscles. Dilation is the first stage of labor. In the second stage, strong expulsive efforts cause the advance and birth of the baby.During your pregnancy, changes happen in your body to prepare for these events. The ligaments of your pelvis loosen to permit your pelvis to relax and allow your baby to come out. Other changes occur to adapt your body to accommodate childbirth. Despite these changes and modern medicine, it is unrealistic to aim for a childbirth without any discomforts.Labor is said to begin when your uterus starts to contract regularly. In the days before the onset of labor, you may experience minor contractions that feel like tightening, and cause discomfort rather than pain. These contractions are important in aligning and positioning the baby for birth.The first labor pains are grinding, scattered and irregular. Many women describe it as bad menstrual … [Read more...] about What Do Labor Contraction and Labor Pains Feel Like?
What do labor pains feel like
With so much childbirth information passed on from friends and family members, it can be hard to figure out what is true, and what is not. If you mistakenly base your birthing decisions on a myth or misunderstanding, you are less likely to make a good decision and less likely to feel satisfied with your childbirth experience. Here are some of the most common myths about the pain of childbirth.Myth #1: Labor is always excruciating. Truth: When it was actually studied, only about 20% of women said labor was horrible or excruciating. Another 20% said they had low levels of pain. The rest of the labors were somewhere in the middle.1 Physical indicators that a woman would feel more pain with labor include a history of miscarriage or abortion and menstrual problems. Emotional indicators include difficulty accepting pregnancy, conflict about becoming a mother, being anxious about labor, unstable emotional feelings and a previous psychological issue requiring counseling. Social … [Read more...] about Labor Pain – Myths and Truth
Now That You Are Pregnant:Pregnancy is a time of wonder. You wonder what you'll feel like later in your pregnancy. You wonder how your baby grows. You also wonder about birth and how it'll feel to become a parent.WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY?During your pregnancy, you may feel different than you ever have before. You begin to see the physical changes in your body and you feel some emotional changes, too. Your baby also grows and changes rapidly.Pregnancy is divided into three time periods (called trimesters). With each time period lasting about 3 months, during which many things would occur.However, near the end of your pregnancy, you will think more and worry more about labor, birth, birth of the baby. In this write-up, I am considering labor, labor pains and how to tackle it.LABOR AND BIRTHLabor is the work done by your uterus when your baby is born. During labor, your uterus contracts and pushes your baby down into your cervix. This opens the cervix. After the cervix is … [Read more...] about Labor in Pregnancy
Looking for an additional way to help women ride out the pain of childbirth, hospitals are turning to an old idea making a comeback – laughing gas. Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo is among the latest to offer nitrous oxide to women in labor. It joins hundreds of other facilities nationwide that have embraced the option in just the last few years. Pain during labor is different for every woman, but it's usually memorably severe. Nitrous oxide offers modest help. But here's the curious thing about the gas. Many women who use it in childbirth report being satisfied with their experience even if the pain relief isn't that good or, as is often the case, they eventually turn to the strong pain medicine of an epidural. How can that be? Experts say pain relief, although important, is not the only factor in a woman's perception of childbirth. Having choices and a sense of control play a part, too. "Patient satisfaction is a tough issue. You want to give women options to help them through … [Read more...] about Old idea comes back to the delivery room: laughing gas for labor pain
Ouch! It appears Lindsay Lohan is feeling labor pains both on- and off-screen. The troubled starlet's latest movie will be heading straight to cable and DVD, Us Weekly has confirmed. "Labor Pains" stars Lohan as a woman who fakes pregnancy to save herself from unemployment and is forced to keep up the lie for nine months. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Cheryl Hines and "Saturday Night Live" funnyman Chris Parnell also appear in the film. Instead of hitting the big screen, the comedy will premiere on ABC Family in July and on DVD a month later. The movie would be shown in theaters internationally, a source tells "Access Hollywood." This is the latest in a string of duds for Lohan, who last starred in the 2007 flop "I Know Who Killed Me." Lohan is reportedly lined up to star alongside Nick Cannon in an untitled romantic comedy about a girl trying to make it in New York's fashion world. The much-scrutinized actress complained to E! this week that she can't get work because of … [Read more...] about Lindsay Lohan’s ‘Labor Pains’ headed straight to TV … then DVD