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8 Ways to Minimize Labor and Delivery Pain

8 Ways to Minimize Labor and Delivery Pain But before we get started, I just want to invite you to learn more about childbirth by visiting PregnancyChat or by clicking the link below to get access to our complete Childbirth program. Ok lets get started: The newest member of your family is on the way and you are eagerly anticipating the day that you
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Breastfeeding vs Formula Feeding

Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding So before we get started, I just want to invite you to learn more about childbirth by visiting PregnancyChat or clicking the link below to get access to our complete Childbirth program. Ok lets get started: One of the most important decisions every new parent needs to make is how to feed your baby.   However, the choice to breast or
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Spotting During Pregnancy

Spotting During Pregnancy Spotting is the name given to light vaginal bleeding. Lighter than a period, spotting may be brown or red in colour. Spotting is the name given to very light vaginal bleeding, not enough to warrant the use of a sanitary towel, anything heavier than that is classed as bleeding. Spotting during pregnancy is quite common, and as many as 20-30 percent
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Childbirth Surprise 1: Amniotic Fluid

Childbirth Surprise 1: Amniotic Fluid Bag of Waters— The phrase water breaking conjures up images of fluid gushing from between the legs. You see this in the movies and it came as a huge surprise to me…. it does happen sometimes….it did with me on my fifth pregnancy and the amniotic fluid filled my shoes…. but most, however, experience a slow leak or a few
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Childbirth Surprise 2: Labour Pain

Childbirth Surprise 2: Labour Pain Labour Pain— Perhaps you’ll be in the minority of women who claim that labor was easier than they had expected. Chances are though that you will be in the other boat (more like a ship) of women who find that labor may be a bit more, no, a lot more intense than originally anticipated. Having a baby hurts. How much
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Child Surprise 3: Birth Plan

Child Surprise 3: Birth Plan Birth Plan— “A birth plan is a simple, clear, one-page statement of your preferences for the birth of your child.” or rather one that you hope for. By all means prepare your birth plan and get it down on paper…. in the very least it will help you confront issues that are likely to arise. It is rare that a
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Childbirth Surprise 4: Trauma on the Table

Childbirth Surprise 4: Trauma on the Table Trauma on the Table—   You may want to be prepared for some of the less glamorous elements of labor and delivery. Those who choose an epidural you may find it surprising to also be connected to a catheter, “a small, flexible tube inserted through the urethra into the bladder.” The fact of the matter is that you will be
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Childbirth Surprise 5: Baby Meconium

Childbirth Surprise 5: Baby Meconium Not only can you experience bowel movements, but your baby may have his first stool called meconium during or after labor and delivery. Meconium is a tar-like substance that is the buildup of all of the elements your baby ingested while in the uterus—amniotic fluid, lanugo, etc. Usually the baby defecates after delivery, but on occasion, it may happen during
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Childbirth Surprise 6: After Delivery

Childbirth Surprise 6: After Delivery When the baby arrives she is often covered in a thick, white coating. Her head can be somewhat misshapen, especially after a vaginal birth. Most people know that newborns sleep a lot, but often times they are very alert for the first hour following delivery. This is the perfect time to practice breastfeeding—if you intend to do so—and bond with
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Childbirth Surprise 7: Breastfeeding

Childbirth Surprise 7: Breastfeeding  Don’t be surprised to discover that breastfeeding takes work. It can be a struggle trying to get baby to latch properly, poor milk supply, sore or infected nipples or a disinterested Baby. And to be upfront trying to get breast feeding established can really really hurt even when Baby is in the correct position. It feels like someone put clamps on your nipples
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