Normal Vaginal Delivery
Every delivery experience is different and unique for all expectant mothers. Giving birth is one event that stays with you throughout your life. It leaves an impression that is lasting and life-changing. One of the ways to give birth is through Normal Vaginal Delivery.
Normal Vaginal Delivery is the same vaginal delivery or vaginal birth. In this type of delivery, there is no surgical procedure. One of the biggest advantages of vaginal birth is that it allows the expectant mother to recover the quickest after giving birth.
Any young and healthy woman can choose to go for normal vaginal delivery. Some factors which play a role for a vaginal birth are active lifestyle, normal blood pressure, and the position of the fetus.
How do you prepare for Normal Vaginal Delivery?
As one can never plan every aspect of labor and delivery, it is important to be prepared. Some of the things to prepare for before the vaginal birth are:
- Creating a birth plan so that you and your doctor are on the same page.
- Packing a hospital bag with all essential items
- Visiting the delivery hospital where you will be delivering the baby
- Going through some common labor positions and breastfeeding basics
- Getting familiar with the signs of labor to know when the baby is due
What are the stages of Normal Vaginal Delivery?
For vaginal birth, there are three primary stages:
Stage 1: Labor
Labor which is also called dilation is the cervix dilates fully to about 10 cm or 2 inches. Labor can also be divided into 3 stages- early, active, and transitional. Every woman giving vaginal birth experiences all three stages of labor. The intensity of contractions and timing can help to determine the stage of labor along with the physical exam that confirms the progress.
Stage 2: Pushing and Delivery
When the cervix is fully dilated when it finally reaches 10cm. It is then when the expectant mother needs to push the baby through the birth canal. If the expectant mother is laboring down then she needs to take a break for anywhere between a few minutes to an hour for the uterus to do the work of bringing the baby down into the birth canal.
Most women find the last stage of labor as the most intense but it is also the shortest stage. Once the baby crowns, the expectant mother can push it out, feeling a tingling and burning sensation known as the ring of fire.
Stage 3: Placenta Delivery
As the doctor helps the expectant mother deliver the baby’s placenta, she will continue to have mild contractions. The doctor will also examine the uterus to check if everything is as per the plan.
Meeting the baby
If the new mother doesn’t experience any complications, she can hold and breastfeed the baby immediately after delivering it. The mother may feel detached or feel an immediate bond with the baby, as both of these responses are completely normal.
How long does it take to heal after giving birth?
Healing depends on a variety of factors. It can take anywhere between 3 to 5 weeks with no tearing and up to 6 weeks with perineal tears or episiotomy.
Recovery after vaginal birth
The first six weeks after giving birth is the recovery period. Some may also call it the fourth trimester. In the first week, the new mother is likely to experience vaginal bleeding, cramps, perineal discomfort, exhaustion, and difficulty with urination & bowel movements. Body ache is also a common symptom.
Gradually, the new mother may feel a lot of emotions from frustration to excitement but these symptoms will recede and the bond with the baby will become stronger. If the mother feels postpartum depression-like sleep problems, lost appetite, social withdrawal, hopelessness, etc, she must visit their doctor to get the right help for herself and her baby.
Benefits of Normal Vaginal Delivery
- Healthier for the Mother and Newborn: As a surgical procedure puts a huge setback in the physical and mental health of the mother and the baby, a vaginal birth on the other hand makes the bond between mother and son instantaneous.
- Stimulates Lactation: Normal vaginal birth stimulates many hormones in the body during labor and birth.
- Faster Postnatal recovery: Vaginal birth allows new mothers to recover quickly from labor. An unnatural intervention takes longer to repair with higher chances of infection.
- Ingestion of Protective Bacteria from Birth Canal: Due to the changes in the vaginal microbes during pregnancy, the bacteria that the child ingests from the mother’s birth canal helps in building the baby’s immune system which further helps in digestion of milk and solid foods.
- Shorter Hospital Stay: After a vaginal birth, the mother and the baby need to stay in the hospital for anywhere between 24 hours to 48 hours, unlike a C-section which requires a stay of up to a week.
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During egg retrieval, you will be sedated and given medication so that you don’t’ feel the pain. After the surgery/procedure, you may feel cramps, soreness, or fullness.
Is bleeding expected after egg retrieval?
After egg retrieval, vaginal bleeding/spotting is common. It is similar to bleeding in periods. In case of excess bleed, you should contact the doctor immediately.
How long do I have to stay in the hospital during and after the procedure?
IVF Procedure does not require any hospitalization. It only requires frequent visits from time to time.
How soon can I return to normal life after IVF?
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