GROWTH OF THE BABY: Your baby is still packing on the pounds at around an ounce a day, now weighing almost around 6 pounds and more than 18 ½ inches long. The little one is shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa the waxy substance that covered her body and protected her skin during her nine month amniotic bath. All this is being swallowed by your baby, resulting in the blackish mixture called meconium which will form the content of the first bowel movements.
CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY:By week 36, your body is almost ready for the D-day. Most babies are born between week 37 and week 40. It is a matter of week or two before you meet,greet and shower abundant love and care all over your bundle of joy. Physically there’s not much going on because the baby has latched itself on the pelvic area awaiting labor. But emotionally you are nothing short of riding a roller coaster ride with mixed feelings concerning your mind sometimes your happy hormones swing you up with happiness and delight and sometimes you happen to weep and sleep tight. On the other hand, sometimes you are as fearsome as a tigress in pride with a firestorm that no one dares to fight.
Your body battles with
• Leaking Breasts
• Pain in the lower abdomen area and pelvic region
• High blood pressure and high sugar levels
• Vaginal discharge
• Increased frequency of false contractions
THE PEP TALK: Labor is like a magicians bag of tricks and plays. One really doesn’t know what you’re going to get with cramping, tightening, pounding, stabbing, burning, back pain, pressure,pushing, exhaustion etc.
Water Won’t Always Break
Only 1 in 10 mothers experience their water breaking before the onset of labor. In fact, some women will never experience their water breaking. A doctor may have to break the amniotic sac if the cervix has already dilated.
A Few Meals May Have to Be Skipped
Often, once labor begins, women are no longer allowed to eat. They can have clear liquid or ice chips, but that’s it until after the birth. The reason for this is because of the possibility of a C-section. If a woman has food in her stomach and she is under anesthesia, food could get into the airways.
Contractions Could Be the Worst Part
The pain caused by contractions grows as labor continues. For women who opt for an epidural, contractions may end up being the most painful part of labor. Contractions can cause pain in the abdomen, back and groin. The pain from contractions feels different for every woman. For some, the pain may be similar to menstrual cramps, for others, the pain can be severe.
The Body Reacts to Labor in Different Ways
Many women experience nausea and vomiting during the birthing process. Others may experience diarrhea or flatulence before or during labor. While pushing, a woman may lose control of her bladder or bowels.
Its Not Over After the Baby is born
The birthing process isn’t quite over once the baby is born. A woman must still deliver the placenta if she gave birth vaginally. After a woman gives birth to her baby, she will continue to have mild contractions. The woman’s health care provider may rub her stomach to encourage the uterus to expel the placenta, or the woman may have to push a few more times after giving birth.
Prepare for Bleeding Post-Delivery
After childbirth, bleeding can occur for 4 to 6 weeks and possibly even longer. Many women are surprised by the amount of blood post-delivery. Women may need to wear a hospital-grade maxi pad for the first few days following birth before switching to a regular pad.
Stitches May Be Necessary
A vaginal birth can cause various degrees of tearing, which often results in stitches. If a woman has an episiotomy to help the baby during birth, she will require stitches to help her healing process. In most cases, stitches eventually dissolve after a week or two.
It’s painful for sure but there are some extraordinary magical super powers along.It’s a pain with a purpose, which disappears once your little bub in rested peacefully in your arms.
PURPLE HEALTH RECOMMENDS:Practice deep breathing and meditation to burn those fears so that they disappear into thin air.