Labor Delivery Fears Debunked
So you are finally pregnant! This is an exciting time for you, but you have a nagging fear of the labor and delivery process. Will you be able to face the pain? Will everything go as planned? Believe it or not you can overcome your fears and face labor and delivery like a self-assured woman. Face your fears. Talk with your ob/gyn before you go into labor.
Here are some fears that we will clear up for you….
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention nearly 33 percent of all births are done via C-section. That being said, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that first time moms that are not pregnant with multiples have less than 15 percent chance of requiring a c-section.
It is not uncommon for women to fear their ability to handle the pain of labor and delivery. Labor will hurt, but you have options for pain relief. If you are determined to do it without drugs there are still things you can do to reduce pain. Consider taking a birthing class to teach you all you need to know about facing pain the natural way.
The Baby Will Get Stuck
Your baby won’t get stuck. That being said, nearly half of all unplanned C-sections happen because the labor isn’t progressing or the baby isn’t fitting. To avoid this, it is good to stay mobile during delivery. Movement helps the baby descend down the birth canal.
You Will Tear
Episiotomies were once a common part of the labor and delivery process. Now they are done in roughly 12 percent of births. The position you lay in can affect your need for an episiotomy. Try laying on your side or staying in an upright position.
- Dan Canfield