Normal delivery expectations
In this article, we are going to present what you need to expect when you will decide to have a normal delivery. Every woman has a different experience which depends on the mother and child development. However, this is a life-changing experience for you and there are several things in common with every woman that you also will go through.
Should I have birth plans?
The first thing you need to know is that you not necessarily need to have a birth plan. You can think about who will attend the normal delivery because some couples want this to be a private thing. However, you can never plan for this thing, because rarely it comes out as planned for anyone.So, when the child is ready to be born the first thing that happens is that the amniotic sac bursts. This is called water breaking. It happens before you go to labor or at the very begging. This is how you know that the baby is coming.
Then, the contractions start. Contractions are the motions of the uterus (tightening and releasing). When the contractions are happening for one minute every five minutes, you are in true labor. The cervix also starts to dilate. It has to be minimum 3 centimeters apart. The role of the cervix is to facilitate the normal delivery. When the cervical opening reaches 10 centimeters apart the baby is able to pass through the birth canal. Almost 70% of women experience lacerations and episiotomy. But injuries in these areas heal very quickly.
Pain during the normal delivery
Pain is normal during the normal delivery. When you push, the pressure will be relieved. If you choose to go without pain medication, you will experience all kinds of sensations. You will also feel the urge to have a bowel movement when the baby goes down. If you choose to do it with an epidural, you may not feel anything. The labia and the perineum reach a point of maximum stretching and it feels like burning with the epidural. When the baby’s head comes out, the nurse and doctor will ask you to stop pushing, which is very important to do so before the baby starts to cry and breathe. When they ask you to push again, you need to push so that the doctor can deliver the shoulders of the baby, after that one last push, and wow, the baby is out.
Placenta get out during the delivery
The last part of the normal delivery is getting the placenta out. The placenta and the amniotic sack that kept the baby in the uterus need to be delivered also. The doctor will ask you to push again and rub your belly under the belly button to help you. A certain pressure can be felt during the normal delivery of the placenta. The doctor will make sure that the whole placenta is out because if it remains in the uterus and is torn, it will provoke heavy bleeding. You can ask to see if the whole placenta is out. The normal Delivery is an unpredictable process. If you have set a plan, you don’t have to stick to it. The goal is a healthy baby and normal delivery with no complications. Just trust your doctor and do as he says to avoid any kind of problems.