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It happens to all moms, especially if we are first time. Throughout pregnancy we usually have doubts about how our body will react or if our baby will be fine, but it is from the third trimester that we begin to have a million doubts about absolutely everything! Since you are not the only one, here is a list with the 5 most frequent doubts of pregnant women before delivery.
Doubts before giving birth can generate great anxiety during pregnancy, especially if we are new moms, even with those that apparently are easy to solve. For example, one of the last questions that arose before my delivery was what type of feminine pads (or sanitary napkins) to use postpartum.
You are not going to believe it, but one night I woke up with this question at 4 am, and I couldn't sleep until I looked on the Internet for some information about it, although I recognize that the best way to stay calm about this was by asking some friends who had already had children.
However, there are other doubts that will continue to be kept in our minds, probably, until we have the experience of giving birth and having our baby in our arms. Actually, the best we can do to stay a little more calm is to inform ourselves consciously, either through gynecological consultations or with our midwife.
Asking other women who have already gone through childbirth and motherhood also helps a lot, but you always have to do it with certain reservations, because each woman and each mother is different, and what can help another does not mean that it can help you you. In general, for most women, the more quality information we have, the more serene we become when giving birth and being a mother. These are some of the most common doubts that pregnant women have before giving birth.
Many women are truly afraid of childbirth, so much so that some make the decision to have a planned cesarean section without any medical reason for risk requiring an operation. Of course, this is a totally free decision for moms, But if you have decided to have a natural birth even though you feel anxiety and fear at the prospect of your decision, you should know that there are many ways to prepare for this special moment.
First of all, it is good to know that each woman is different and each one of them has a different pain threshold, so that each birth is also different. It hurt? Most women find it hurts, but it doesn't mean it's pain that can't be borne. Our body is biologically prepared to give birth, so in reality, except for certain complications in childbirth, most of us women can have our babies naturally.
Many times, the biggest problem in childbirth is the mother's nerves caused by her own fears, which causes the body to be too contracted, thus making labor difficult. Therefore, it is important that before the time comes you clear any doubts you have.
Prenatal yoga classes, prophylactics or childbirth classes and conversations in your gynecological office or with your midwife are essential tools so that on the day of delivery you feel confident about yourself and have an idea of what will happen. For many pregnant women, watching videos or documentaries about women giving birth is also a way to prepare them psychologically for labor, although this depends a lot on how each one is.
Another of the most common doubts of pregnant women before giving birth has to do with breastfeeding. For example, how to breastfeed your baby, how to avoid mastitis, hygiene during breastfeeding, etc.
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, and the maintenance of breastfeeding up to two years of age combined with adequate food for each stage. However, especially for new moms, it is difficult to know how long we will be able to breastfeed our baby, even if it will be possible to do so.
A very good recommendation to achieve adequate breastfeeding is early attachment after delivery (also called 'skin to skin'), since studies indicate that, in addition to being very beneficial for the development of the baby, it stimulates milk production from the mother and increases the chances that the baby will 'latch on' to the breast easily. However, not all hospitals encourage early attachment, and many times it is quite difficult for the mother to access it.
Informing us about all the doubts we have about breastfeeding will help us not only to feel more secure in the breastfeeding process, but also to identify alterations or problems in breastfeeding. In addition to the information recommendations that we have already been saying (gynecologist and midwife), there are also lactation consultants who can help us both to prepare for breastfeeding before delivery and to solve breastfeeding problems that may arise. Something that is important for you to know is that breastfeeding does not have to hurt, so if it does, you should ask for help in time.
One of the most common doubts of pregnant women is whether their baby will sleep frequently through the night or if they themselves will be able to endure this new stage in their life. It is important for you to know that a baby's sleep cycles are totally different from those of an adult person. And this is so for the baby's own survival.
For example, between 0 and 3 months of age, babies need to sleep between 14 and 20 hours a day, but they do it intermittently because their body needs to eat every so often to avoid hypoglycemia. So, your baby sleeping only 2 hours in a row will be very normal, even a sign of health. In fact, some pediatricians are very concerned when such a small baby sleeps for too many hours at a time.
As moms, we have to adapt to our baby's sleep cycles, but if we do it knowing why our son or daughter sleeps the way they do, it will be a much less traumatic process for us. In addition, it is important that we ask for help if we have it, either from our partner, mother or a close relative, so that the adaptation process is much more fluid.
Some moms notice strong contractions starting in the second half or third trimester of pregnancy, but these do not mean that we are in labor. They are the so-called Braxton Hicks contractions, that is, involuntary contractions of the uterus that aim to favor the accommodation of the baby in the pregnant woman's pelvis.
All pregnant women have them, but some notice them more than others. These contractions are not labor contractions, they do not even feel the same way as a labor contraction, but if at any point you feel scared by them, the best thing you can do is go to your gynecological office immediately and stay calm.
If you are a newcomer and have never taken care of a baby before, surely at some point in your pregnancy you will begin to ask yourself everything related to this great question. How to bathe him? How to clean the umbilical cord? When should I give him the first vaccinations? How do I change him? How does he hold himself in arms? What should I do if he gets sick? ... Anyway , a thousand and one questions about the care of our baby that can make us feel very anxious and indecisive.
Before hitting a mental block, once again, our advice is to consciously inform yourself. What does this mean? That you do it freely, looking for reliable sources and without pressuring yourself to become a care robot, but simply a mom who has notions about what to do.
Even so, there will be many questions that will not even occur to you during pregnancy and that will arise during the rearing of your baby. Therefore, you should know that, from now on, conscious information continues throughout your motherhood.
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