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What is Water Birth? Water birth is the birth of the baby in water. The labor, delivery or both occurs in water. Water birth is experienced as less painful and more relaxing. Water birth takes place in a pool filled with warm water. The birthing pool can be at home, hospital or other water birth centers. Your midwife or doctor will assist you during water birth. Who can have Water Birth? Water birth is recommended for healthy women with no other complication in pregnancy. What are the benefits of Water Birth? There are advantages and disadvantages of water birth. Some of the benefits of water birth include: Water birth is more relaxing. It reduces the pain during labor and delivery. It reduces stress. The effect of water will make you feel to reduce your body weight and thereby making you more comfortable. It is said that the baby feels the same environment as in the amniotic sac which makes more comfortable. What are the risks involved in water birth? Water birth has some risks for baby and mother. Some of the risk of water birth are: Infection – As the birth is in a pool filled with water, the chances […]
Delivery Through Epidural
What is Epidural? An Epidural is an anesthesia used for pain relief during labor. It is an injection in which the medicines are delivered through a catheter (a narrow plastic tube) into the epidural space just outside the spinal cord and spinal fluid. What does Epidural procedure involve? An epidural is done by a special doctor anesthesiologist. You may be asked to arch or curve your lower back while sitting or lying. After cleaning the lower back, the doctor will inject with medicines. Using a guided needle, the catheter is inserted into the epidural space outside the spine. The needle is then removed and catheter is placed throughout the labor. It is used inject any medicines for pain relief as needed. What are the Benefits of Epidural? An epidural is an effective pain relief. It has less side effects. It can be used in both vaginal delivery and c-section. It can be used throughout the labor. Most women feels no pain after Epidural. It is a local anesthesia and will not make you sleepy. Will it Affect my Baby? An epidural is a safe procedure which does not affect your baby. What are the Side Effects of Epidural? For a […]
Folic Acid and Pregnancy
Folic acid also known as Vitamin B9 is one of the most important vitamin you need to take before conception and during pregnancy. Your midwife or doctor would have already recommended you to take a prenatal vitamin which includes the daily recommended requisite of 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid before and during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects of your baby’s brain and spinal cord. You can also top it up every morning with a bowl of dry fruit and fortified cereal (corn flakes / oats). Why do I need Folic Acid, what are the benefits? Folic acid is very important for the development of a healthy foetus. Folic acid can reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) significantly. Your baby’s neural tube may not close correctly due to the lack of Folic acid and she could develop the following health problems Spina bifida: incomplete spinal cord development Anencephaly: incomplete brain development Cleft lip and palate Premature birth Low birth weight Miscarriage Poor growth in the womb Preeclampsia Heart disease Stroke Some types of cancers Alzheimer’s disease What is Folic Acid and when should I start taking Folic Acid? Folic acid is a form of a Vitamin B called […]