The only thing more intimidating than the process of pregnancy is the day of delivery. For most first pregnancies, the fear comes from not knowing what to expect and what to feel. Everyone can hear stories of others’ experiences, but each situation is unique. While we cannot tell you the exact way your day will go, we can provide the general basics of what to expect.
Understanding The Day Of Delivery
Grasping an understanding of the day of delivery can provide you with the necessary peace of mind. There does not have to be a feeling of mystery surrounding the delivery experiences that everyone goes through.
At City of Oaks Midwifery, we are here to ensure you feel comfortable about every part of your pregnancy, from the first trimester to the delivery date. Here, we are specifically detailing the experience of natural birth.
Before The Delivery
Everyone’s pre-delivery experience does look different. This stems from the fact that your body can go into labor at any given time, or if you are doing induced labor, you know exactly when it will occur. This applies to the day of delivery, along with the time around that.
The important thing to pay attention to is how your body feels. According to Cedars Sinai, you will begin to experience tightening sensations in your abdomen, called contractions. They can last up to 60 seconds and are often 5 to 30 minutes apart. These will increase in strength and decrease in time between contractions.
The length of your beginning stages of labor will be dependent on the individual patient.
During The Delivery
Once you have surpassed early labor, you move into the active labor portion of your delivery. This is often declared by your water breaking. Here, your contractions are even longer and stronger. They can last 60 to 120 seconds and are usually 2 to 3 minutes apart. Once your cervix is dilated to 10 centimeters, you are onto the next portion of active labor.
While each section of delivery has estimated lengths of time, it is entirely dependent on your personal situation for the exact timing that will occur.
This is the period of time when your doctor or midwife will begin to tell you to start pushing. For most deliveries, this period of time lasts for 1 and a half to two hours. Finally, you deliver the placenta. After the placenta has been delivered, you may feel light cramping as your uterus returns to a more normal size.
After The Delivery
The important factors after the day of delivery often present themselves the days and weeks after. The Mayo Clinic details that you may experience changes in vaginal soreness, vaginal discharge, contractions, bowel movements, tender breasts, hair loss, skin changes, mood changes, and weight loss.
While this seems like an extensive list, it can help put into perspective that you will have many bodily changes going on.
If you are noticing changes that begin to worry you further, get in contact with your doctor to relieve any stress or find a solution if there is a problem. It can be intimidating to have so many changes occurring in your body, so speaking to a doctor could even be all you need to calm your mind about it as well.
The day of delivery does not have to seem like a mystery. The first step is finding the general information that applies to every natural birth pregnancy. From there, you can have a baseline of knowing what to expect as you get closer to your due date.
Do you have more questions about the day of delivery as it approaches? City of Oaks Midwifery is here to help you get the answers you seek. Check out our website or give us a call with any questions and concerns you may have.