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how can i mentally prepare for labor?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Childbirth classes: The primary purpose of any class is information. We fear most that which we do not know or understand. Classes provide information about options, how you can be physically and emotionally prepared. Techniques for relaxation, pain management. These classes are usually referred to "prepared childbirth classes". The classes can vary a lot by instructor, affiliation and philosophy. Ask your dr.
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
The best thing to do: Is take the prenatal classes that your hospital offers which explain what will be going on, if u are a first time mom, it is inexcusable no to take classes form either the hospital or a certified teacher , i demand my patients to take the classes unless if at all possible and make sure u have your husband or at least one other person there for your labor and listen to your OB nurses advice.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

What are some exercises I can do in preparation for labor?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Daily walk: A daily walk is my favorite exercise for pregnant patients. Getting outside and walking for 20-30 min a day helps keep your muscles loose, burns calories, increases your metabolism and helps you sleep better a night. Stretching and prenatal yoga can also help prepare your muscles for labor.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Do I need to call the hospital and let them know I am in labor?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Yes: It is always a good idea to call the hospital and let them know you are coming in. They will be able to have a room prepared for you and have your paperwork ready by the time you get there. If there are space issues they will also have time to do some rearranging so that you don't have to wait. All good things!
A 44-year-old member asked:

How do doctors know if I am in labor?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Cervical change: Labor is defined as cervical change in the presence of regular uterine contractions. Slow cervical change < 1 CM per hour is considered latent labor, while faster cervical change is considered active labor. Active labor typically onsets at about 4 CM of dilatation, but this can vary.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Am I allowed to eat while in labor?

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Dr. Jessica Scotchie
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Most women are not allowed to eat while in labor, other than clear liquids. The reason is that if your baby is not tolerating labor and a cesarean section is performed, it is dangerous to administer anesthesia to someone who was just eaten. There’s a chance she can vomit during the surgery and aspirate gastric liquid into the lungs which can cause an infection.
Dr. Jessica Scotchie
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Catie, thanks for your comment. While you are correct inthat true stat c-section is not common, the difficult part is knowing when a c-section may be needed in relation to when someone eats. For all other surgeries, anesthesiologist require patients to have no solid food, for at least 6-8 hours, due to the concern about aspiration. To prevent dehydration and exhaustion, we usually give women IV fluids in labor, which can include glucose, to make sure that she is getting some calories and electrolytes while laboring.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it true that orgasms can spur labor?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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No: No under normal circumstances and for women with no medical or obstetrical problems it should not be an issue.

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