Things Would-Be Moms Should Know About Labor & Delivery

Things Would-Be Moms Should Know About Labor & Delivery
Posted on 06/08/2022

Pregnancy is both a blessing and a curse. Bodily changes, as well as hormonal and personal-life changes, can be overwhelming to deal with. However, there are resources and support that can help! At Doylestown Women’s Health Center, we strive to help soon-to-be moms (especially first-time moms) prepare for their big day to deliver their babies. We have 5 tips to help you and your family welcome a newborn into your life.

  • Every Birth Is Different- As a newly pregnant mother, you may find that you're constantly being told other people's birth stories. But this can feel overwhelming; it can be very difficult to navigate your feelings when you hear so many suggestions about what to do and what not to do. Consider that every family has different experiences when giving birth. And consider what is best for you and the health of your baby.
  • Expect Blood- Postpartum bleeding is common and can last up to 6 weeks after giving birth (however, it can be different for everyone). It starts as a heavy period in the beginning, and it will eventually decrease as the weeks go by. If you have several blood clots or a clot the size of a golf ball, or if you fill a pad with blood in an hour or two, call your provider right away.
  • Ask For Help- If you’re planning on having a hospital birth, your provider will most likely be taking care of multiple families at the same time. So, most likely, your nurse will probably be taking care of you more during labor. However, if you need help or think that you are going through complications, seek out help from your nurse and your doctor. Also, take a family member or friend with you so that they can support you during labor.
  • After-Birth Cramping- After birth, you will experience cramping for a couple of days because your uterus is starting to shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size (it's also helping to stop the bleeding). So while it can be uncomfortable, remember that it’s very much helping you heal! If it is very painful, talk to your provider about taking an anti-inflammatory medication for the first few days after birth. Cramping can also be intense during breastfeeding.
  • Breastfeeding- When you nurse, your body releases a hormone called oxytocin, which is the hormone that causes contractions. Not only that, but breastfeeding can be painful and unsuccessful. Some babies can become allergic to breast milk, so don’t be shy about switching to baby formula.

Get Help From Doylestown Women’s Health Center!

Contact us today at Doylestown Women’s Health Center! We strive to provide the best women’s healthcare in Doylestown, PA. If you’re preparing for childbirth, look into our obstetric services. Also, look into our resources! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us! We’ll be happy to help!