Among the common text questions I get, is "What can I/my friend do to get labor started?"
The answer I want to give: Wait.
My_theory is that here is nothing you can do that is going to start labor if the baby isn't ready.
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.
This is a question that came up in class on Friday evening. I thought it would be great to answer it as a Q&A today:
Here is summary of the info:
Anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour could be considered range of normal as long as mom is doing well and not losing too much blood (<2 liters).
Amniotomy, also known as Artificial Rupture of the Membranes
(AROM) is the surgical rupture of fetal membranes to induce or expedite labor.
Amniotomy is used to start or speed up contractions and,
as a result, shorten the length of labour.
Artificial rupture of the amniotic membranes during labour,
sometimes called amniotomy or ’breaking of the waters’ was introduced in the
mid-eighteenth century, first being described in 1756 by an English
obstetrician, Thomas Denman
It’s birth story day!!
This week I am sharing a birth story from our Fall 2012 class. In today's video, Courtney is talking about her family's birth journey
with our Winter 2012-13 class. Jake was working, so Courtney shares his words of wisdom for coaches, too.
Here is their
- Courtney was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes via blood glucose test
(usually administered between 24 – 28 weeks of pregnancy)
- High Blood Pressure was measured at office visits from 36 weeks on; whenever she checked her blood pressure at home, it was normal
The information below is paraphrased and/or quoted from the listed sources.
*Definition of the procedure
Stripping membranes, sometimes called "sweeping of the membranes" or "membrane
sweeping", is a method used to try to start labor. The health care provider puts
her or his finger into the cervix – the mouth of the uterus – and uses the
finger to separate the bag of waters from the side of the uterus near the
cervix. This releases local prostaglandins/hormones that can trigger
I didn't include it in the roundup listing, because I hope that by now, everyone has seen this:
Pope Francis Encourages Breast-Feeding Mother in a Public Place! Here is the story from the NYTimes.comhttp://nyti.ms/1bfhrPl
BIG props to Pope Francis for encouraging the mama to Feed The Baby!!
Here are some other noteworthy articles from the past week:
First Baby Conceived Using New Eeva IVF Technique Born in Great Britain
“Oliver Lush-Camps is more than just a miracle to
his parents, Katy and Jonathon; he’s a miracle to science.
A bigger selection of topics today...check out the news if you are "trying" to get pregnant, and more motivation to keep your pregnancy healthy, low-risk and as stress-free as possible. Also, new study from ACOG that shows that there may be risks with the use of Pitocin.
Happy Thursday to all of you!
P.S. I also did an early morning posting of ourWordless Wednesday
from yesterday...the day got away from me! Enjoy a peek into our home as we celebrate the season.FERTILITY
I hope you enjoyed ourMommy Con recap
in lieu of a "Birth News" installment last week. Here are the articles I have collected that I thought would be of interest to those of you TTC, currently pregnant, or getting close to welcoming your babies.
This week was also Remembrance Day for families that have experienced the grief of loss. I open this post with an event to honor their brief passage through our lives.
Remembrance Service for Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss