Height – 50 cm, weight – 3000-3100 gr.
It is possible that this week your child will decide to be born. He’s already prepared for an independent “breakthrough in the unknown.”
Science today does not know why babies prefer to be born on this or that day. After all, there is no longer a difference now, whether day before, or later in the day. But your child, apparently, has some kind of calculations, perhaps, to science that have nothing to do.
One way or another, but the kid is mostly busy only with things that get fat. Maybe with a larger mass it’s easier for him to decide? But there are cases when miniature babies weighing about 3 kg were selected earlier than massive bolts under 4.5 kg.
At the 39th week the brain of the child is developed, the left and right hemispheres are active and synchronous. When he sleeps, dreams take half the time. Special antibodies help the body’s immune system to begin its work. Now the child will leave in our world protected and will have time for adaptation.
You can not put on weight this week, or even lose weight. This is one of the signs of an impending birth. There is nothing terrible in the fact that you will get fat. Resign yourself to the fact that your body now lives completely autonomous from you.
All that is required of you, you fulfilled – 39 weeks you wore a baby, fulfilled all the requirements of doctors, and also patiently listened to sometimes annoying recommendations of mom and girlfriends. You were worried and worried because of any nonsense. You courageously tolerated toxicosis, your own awkwardness, various pains and discomfort.
Everything. Now you can rest. You endured the child with the deadline, he is already preparing to be born and only he and your body know when this will happen. Enjoy the last days of rest – ahead of hard work – childbirth.
It is likely that you have already started a gradual, very slow opening of the cervix. This preliminary stage of childbirth can take even a few days before the actual bouts begin, and you will go to the hospital.
Although you already know very much about how the childbirth is going on, but for the first time it’s scary to go to the hospital anyway. Try to adjust yourself to the positive. Our hospitals, of course, are not fun-filled, but the maternity hospital is probably the only kind of medical institution in which it is pleasant to be. Probably because newborn babies fill even the most supernumerary maternity hospital with their bright energy.
Let’s talk about what awaits you when you cross the threshold of the clinic. First you will be issued. That’s why we do not recommend you to delay with a visit, it’s better to arrive earlier, when the bouts are still quite tolerable, since official events are waiting for you.
You will change into a maternity shirt and a bathrobe. No matter how ridiculous and ridiculous they may seem to you, you should wear them. At birth, you will not be to beauty, but do not mind if you get dirty.
Then you have to see a doctor, as well as filling a medical card (this is done by a nurse). It is here that you need your folder with documents (see article for 30 weeks of pregnancy).
After the examination you are waiting for the procedure: an enema and shave the perineum. It is they who always cause horror and awe in women. In fact, this is an elementary requirement of hygiene. Why do you need extra hair where your baby’s head goes? And on attempts you want to blush because you did not hold the bowel movement? No! But women still do not like shaving, or enemas, apparently just embarrassed.
You can avoid shaving if you do this yourself at home in a comfortable environment. It is better not to use a razor with a blade – with your belly this can be just dangerous. Use a depilatory cream or ask your husband to help you.
It is better to do an enema in the maternity hospital, so you can definitely clean the rectum before delivery (it’s unlikely that you are going to have dinner at the fights).Taking into account the fact that for many pregnant women the problem of constipation is actual, a good qualitative enema is simply a boon for the body. The toilet and shower are right in the room where you are given procedures, so that you can calmly put yourself in order.
Then you fall into the generic unit, the name of the place where you will give birth. There usually is a special chair, it’s a gurney, it’s a bed that you will be put on. However, you can not lie, but do whatever you want. But if you put epidural anesthesia, your mobility will be limited (see article for 38 weeks of pregnancy).
Now your task is to wait for the full disclosure of the cervix and endure the contractions. You need to know that the medical staff will not be with you all the time for several hours while the disclosure is going on. Midwives usually inspect you with an interval of 15-20 minutes, and then run away to the examination of other parturient women or those who have given birth.
Do not worry, nobody left you. Near you the whole team will meet, when the opening reaches 6-7 cm, and the delivery will gradually begin to enter the final phase.
That’s why it’s very good to take with you to the birth of a husband or mother (decide for yourself who will help you more). Your assistant will call, if anything, and the obstetrician will call for help in the bouts, and entertain with conversations. However, this, of course, is up to you and only you.
The presence of a child’s father in childbirth is still the subject of lively discussions: do we or do not? As you know, our mothers and grandmothers gave birth completely isolated from men, and they were shown to the child through the window, so to speak, “secretly”, and only in the hospital of the fathers were they allowed to leave. Is not this the reason that we now have a rather irresponsible attitude of men towards their own fatherhood?
Among the positive moments of the presence of the husband at birth, you can specify a few.
The first moment is psychological.
Participating in one of the most important events in the life not only of himself, but also of his child, a man experiences a moment that gives meaning to all 9 months of his family’s suffering.
For a woman, the meaning and value of pregnancy occurs almost immediately after she finds out about it. For a man, this is not so obvious and, rather, even problematic.
He does not feel the inner changes that the woman is experiencing, but experiences changes in her mood, changes in shape, worries about her health, worries about what will happen when a child is born and whether he can support the whole family as a man. At the same time, all the present events somehow arise and pass autonomously from the pope. After all, mother and only mother feel how the baby is growing, how it starts to move, how it hiccups, etc.
Dad understands that he is not able to somehow influence events, does not feel useful. Therefore, his active participation in childbirth gives him the opportunity to express himself and show really very active and extremely useful for the mother and baby role – the assistant at birth.
The second point is practical.
Many popes sincerely do not understand what they can do during childbirth. And do not understand because the idea of childbirth is cynical and stereotyped: a woman screams angrily, doctors around her, then a child appears. In such a picture, there is really no place for the pope. But in fact, everything is not so.
During those few hours, while the expectant mother is lying in the block in the battles, the pope can:
– call the doctors when necessary;
– to supervise the doctors and decide for the mother if the mother does not understand the pain. In an emergency situation, the pope can calmly ask doctors: what medicine they are going to chop, why they want to apply this or that intervention. And doctors are obliged to answer all his questions;
– bring, take, bring everything that is needed, but what, perhaps, was forgotten in haste and agitation: v measure the frequency of fights and record them;
– to distract his wife from pain, to amuse her and to entertain him in every possible way;
– and, finally, the most important thing, a man is able to ease fights.
How to do this, you need to know in advance by visiting the courses or reading the relevant literature. There are certain methods of massage (in the field of the sacrum, waist), which will help relieve muscle tension. Sometimes it is required to take this or that pose and the woman in labor is in need of support.
The daddy can also make contrasting applications of warm and cold (for example, bottles) and make sure that the warm and cold are always at hand. In addition, a woman who is struggling with pain should always be reminded that relaxation is needed, and also help her change her body position or walk around the ward, if possible.
In the most difficult time – on attempts – even a simple touch of the native person is able to give the woman extra strength. It is quite enough for a man to just be near and stroke his hand.
The objection that men make, refusing to attend birth, is usually this: “Well, I’ll faint there.” Apparently, too, immediately imagining a cinematic version of childbirth with blood and screams. What can be fainted happens at the very end – on attempts, the birth of a head and a child.
If the pope starts to peeve nerves, he can at that moment leave the rodblok. The period when fights are going on and when the beloved husband is needed next to him is not at all characterized by heavy bleeding, there may be only a few drops of blood and they will not be much noticeable under the nightdress and bathrobe. Everything goes sterile and not scary.
But in any case, do not insist if the father is not ready to attend the birth. It is not the fact of presence that is important, but the conscious choice and ability to help in a difficult situation. If you, instead of dealing with yourself and contractions, have to pump out your husband, then you better leave it at home.
And now, finally, the long-awaited moment – your baby was born. Do not forget – you have to put it on your stomach and attach it to your chest. If nurses suddenly forgot about this – remind.
All, you have worked well and now will rest. The child will be weighed, measured, swaddled and taken for a couple of hours to the nursery so that you can come to.
You will be given an ice pack, put it on your lower abdomen – this helps reduce the uterus. Usually at this time the woman in bed is lying on a gurney in the corridor, she is not yet being taken to the ward. Sometimes this angered, here, they say, they left.
In fact, they did not quit, and they watch you for another hour, just at the same time, doctors and midwives are cleaning up the pay block and writing accounting papers.
You can say that this is not a beautiful combination, but you are under the supervision of something that happens suddenly (reaction to the end of anesthesia, sudden bleeding and other troubles). If you were at this time in the ward, watching you would be much harder.
If you have the strength to resent the corridor, then everything went just fine! You will soon be taken to the postpartum ward, where you will spend three more days. There will also deliver your baby, if you have chosen a maternity home, in which the children are with their mothers. It’s not as scary as you thought, is it?
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