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Pelvic or Vaginal Exam during Pregnancy (3rd Trimester)
According to Mayo Clinic, “as your due date approaches, your prenatal visits might include pelvic exams. These exams help your health care provider check the baby's position and detect cervical changes.”
Pelvic examination during pregnancy is used to detect a number of clinical conditions such as anatomical abnormalities and sexually transmitted infections, to evaluate the size of a woman’s pelvis (pelvimetry) and to assess the uterine cervix so as to be able to detect signs of cervical incompetence (associated with recurrent mid-trimester miscarriages) or to predict preterm labour (see Section 11.
Please note that today’s info sheet is about the 1-hour screening procedure, not the 3-hour test used to determine whether or not a patient has gestational diabetes.
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"The oral glucose challenge test is performed to screen for gestational diabetes. This test involves quickly (within five minutes) drinking a sweetened liquid (called Glucola), which contains 50 grams of glucose. A blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm about 60 minutes after drinking the solution.
CORD CLAMPINGcan be immediate or delayed. Today we look at the common practice of immediate cord clamping, and the alternative, delayed cord clamping.
Immediate Cord Clamping:
(ICC) clamping the umbilical cord immediately following the birth of baby, generally carried out in the first 60 seconds after birth. World Health Organization (WHO)
According to ACOG
“In most deliveries today, the cord is clamped within 15–20 seconds after birth.”
A little longer stump left - this baby pictured 30 minutes after birth
A tight clamp done on baby's 2nd day
Today is a continuation of my birth story from earlier this
week. You can read Part 1here
Thresh's Birth Story
Out of the tub & resting in bed
There is a lot that
happened right after Thresh made his entrance into the outside world: getting
into bed, skin to skin between Thresh and his daddy, cutting the cord,
delivering the placenta, eating Greek yogurt with almonds, diapering Thresh,
being made a smoothie with a piece of my placenta, trying to breastfeed, my
midwives and doula cleaning up and later on being stitched up; but instead of
detailing the events I want to reflect more on how I felt that night and beyond
about my son’s birth.
Bruss and I would like to welcome Cassandra to the Sweet Pea Births Family. She will be a regular contributor to the blog and you will start seeing her around the internet on ourother social mediaplatforms. I am looking forward to sharing her areas of expertise with our students and readers. Bienvenidos, Cassandra! ~KRB
Hi, I am Cassandra Okamoto and I am a new contributing
writer here at Sweet Pea Births! I thought I would tell you all a little bit
about myself & then share my birth story, which just happened to take place
almost exactly one year ago.