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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

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Does the vagina feel looser after childbirth?

Does the vagina feel looser after childbirth?

In many women yes: Because child birth does stretch it out and while it regains the majority of its former tightness , it is never quite the same after vaginal delivery, that is why many women have elective c-section now - to preserve the vagina from being stretched or from tearing also vaginal delivery in many women can lead to vagina and uterine prolapse and urine incontinence later in life taha can be fixed. ...Read more

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Can the vagina return to normal after childbirth?

Can the vagina return to normal after childbirth?

Yes : Barring trauma during birth the vaginal walls will contract to their normal condition. ...Read more

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Will my vagina remain stretched out after childbirth?

Will my vagina remain stretched out after childbirth?

Probably not...: Probably not, your vagina will change from before you had children...But chances are it will not stay the same as when you were pregnant and delivering the baby. Generally speaking for most women, you will get close to normal about 6 weeks after a vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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How will breasts and vaginas change after childbirth?

How will breasts and vaginas change after childbirth?

Myriad of ways: Some breasts get bigger with childbirth and nursing and stay larger, and some become smaller than original. Some breasts remain the same. Some vaginas are unaffected by childbirth. In others, tears, and the subsequent repairs of those tears causes scarring. Sometimes this narrows the vagina, making the opening smaller. And of course, some women have stretching of the vaginal tissue. ...Read more

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What are the best tips to overcome fears of childbirth?

What are the best tips to overcome fears of childbirth?

Prepare: Take birthing classes if offered at the hospital you plan to deliver. These classes, if nothing more, will familiarize you with what to expect, helping to eliminate the natural fear of something unknown. Talk with your doctor about your concerns and fears. And remember, your mother, your grandmother, your great grandmother . . . All did it. ...Read more

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Is air coming out of vagina after childbirth dangerous?

Is air coming out of vagina after childbirth dangerous?

Probably not: You need to see your provider to be sure. If you are talking about right after childbirth, the vagina was open and especially if you had a repair, may have some air that is coming out. If it has been a while (more than a few days), you may have a hole between your rectum and your vagina, which would need to be fixed at some point (sometimes we wait a few months to see if it will heal). ...Read more

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When can I start having anal sex again after childbirth?

When can I start having anal sex again after childbirth?

6-8 weeks: The cervix leading to the uterus is open for about 6 weeks after delivery. When the cervix is open, bacteria can get inside the uterus and cause an infection. Anal intercourse can cause the bacteria to move up the vagina and increase the risk of infection. ...Read more

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Why are my options for care in pregnancy and childbirth?

Why are my options for care in pregnancy and childbirth?

OBGYN: Seek out an obgyn doctor as soon as you think or find out you are pregnant. We specialize in taking care of pregnant women. Early prenatal care is the key to a healthy pregnancy. If you don't know of any local obgyn doctors, ask you friends or family. They are bound to know a good one. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was wondering does the vagina deform after childbirth?

I was wondering does the vagina deform after childbirth?

Probably: Childbirth is traumatic to the pelvic floor. The vagina is very elastic and will return to near normal after delivery. Some women have very little detrimental effect on the vagina and pelvic floor as a result of a vaginal delivery - others end up with significant utero-vaginal prolapse and eventually require surgical repair for the pelvic relaxation. ...Read more

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When does a women get her period again after childbirth?

When does a women get her period again after childbirth?

Usually within three: Usually within three months, sometimes sooner, or a bit later. If you have a prolonged lose of menses, see your gyn! ...Read more