Choices in Childbirth
You are now in your third trimester, the final third of your
pregnancy! This will be a time of planning for labor and birth, as
well as making the final preparations for baby.
If you are planning a hospital birth, and haven't toured the labor and
delivery floor, it would be a good time to schedule one. Find out what
facilities they offer, this will help you plan your birth experience
around what's available.
Natural Childbirth is when you go through labor and birth without any
medical procedures that intefere with the natural process of labor.
This would include medications and fetal monitoring. If your provider
wants to monitor the baby, and you don't want contanst fetal
monitoring, ask if it's ok to only have monitoring every hour for 15
minutes or so. Find out if you will be able to walk about, and change
positions. Keeping mobile helps contractions to be more effective.
Being upright helps the baby rotate into the best postion for birth,
and gravity helps with descent.
If you choose to have pain killers, such as Stadol, Demerol or an
epidural, you will need to be monitored more closely.
If you need a Caesarean, a spinal or epidural is usually given for the
anesthetic. This allows you to be awake for the delivery. You will
usually be able to hold your baby right after delivery. Most
Caesarean deliveries require a hospital stay of 3-5 days.
SYMPTOMS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE
- Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
- Frequent Urination
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Occasional headaches
- Stretch Marks (cocoa butter can help with these)
- Round ligament pains
Babies begin practicing sucking this week. In fact,
some babies may even suck their thumbs or fists.
Usually by this week, your baby will be opening his
eyes. He can see light through your abdomen. He's about
14.25 inches long and weighs almost 2 pounds.