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How painful is childbirth?

How painful is childbirth?

Very painful: At best - Labor pain can feel like really severe menstrual cramps. The cramping radiates from the pelvis to the back or the back to the pelvis. Without an epidural many women find it unbearable during their first pregnancy. Subsequent pregnancies, they are able to tolerate the pain better and the labor can be shorter. ...Read more

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What are chances I will die in childbirth?

What are chances I will die in childbirth?

Very Low: With modern medicine, your chances are very low. Receive good prenatal care which can identify conditions that place you at risk. Then the proper arrangements can be made to keep you safe at delivery. Tell your doc if you have any medical problems, prior surgical complications, reactions to medicines, and follow their expertise. Delivering at a facility with emergency capabilities also is safer. ...Read more

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How probable is it that you die giving childbirth?

How probable is it that you die giving childbirth?

Very, very rare: The U.S. Maternal mortality rate rose to 13 deaths per 100, 000 live births in 2004, according to statistics released in 2007 by the national center for health statistics. ...Read more

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Are childbirth classes worth taking?

Are childbirth classes worth taking?

Yes in many cases: It is usually worthwhile to orient yourself to what will happen during your birth experience and have some coping mechanisms or plans on how to handle labor. This can ease anxiety and tension when it is time to deliver. ...Read more

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Can childbirth cause anemia? 

Can childbirth cause anemia? 

Anemia: Yes. The fetus during pregnancy draws many substances from the mother, one of which is iron. If the mother has a poor intake of iron, then she is prone to iron deficience anemia. Also if the mother has a large amount of blood loss during delivery, this can cause anemia. ...Read more

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Is having a fear of childbirth normal?

Is having a fear of childbirth normal?

Fear, no - concern.: Being appropriately concerned for one of the most dangerous periods in your (and your baby's) life is reasonable. Fear should not creep in, especially in western countries with access to high-quality healthcare. The risk of maternal death is ~1:100, 000 deliveries in the United States - that should reassure you tremendously. If it is pain that scares you, epidural anesthesia is the answer to that! ...Read more

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Hemerroids during childbirth, what to do?

Hemerroids during childbirth, what to do?

Hemorroids: Hemorrhoid during child birth is common. Try after having the baby to do sitz bath, drink a lot of water and eat fibers in your diet to help reduce the hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Why do some mothers die during childbirth?

Why do some mothers die during childbirth?

Bleeding Infections: There are key changes in the post partum period which can lead to severe bleeding and also women are at risk for infections at this time. These are two of the key general categories causing death during childbirth. ...Read more