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Week 40: Three.....Two....One....BLAST OFF!!!!!

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Topic Week 40: Three.....Two....One....BLAST OFF!!!!!

Post by *** Dannii *** on Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:57 am

Fetal development in pregnancy week 40:



fetus in ninth month
This is it. If you havenít already gone into delivery, weíve officially
arrived at that time where all youíre doing is trying to patiently play
the oh-so-maddening waiting game. Your long-awaited miracle is
undoubtedly just as impatient as you to get things moving along. You
can generally expect a head-first delivery unless your healthcare
provider is unable to coax them out of breech position, in which case
their feet come first. After nine months of waiting and even after your
wonder-baby is finally out, your doctor or midwife will probably make
you wait another five minutes while they give your child an Apgar score
(see below); suction any fluids or mucous that may be blocking their
newly exposed airways; and clean the remaining vernix and blood from
their little body. After all the waiting, youíll finally get to hold
your exhausted little love-bug. Just a heads up: itís fairly common for
newborns to have a bit of chapping or even red rashes on their skin.
Gerber babies donít just pop out sparkly clean and smooth from the womb.Itíll
come whether youíre ready or not, so grab your bag, call the doc, get a
hold of the grandfolks-to-be and get ready to execute your
much-rehearsed plan of action. PLEASE DO NOT put the pedal to the
metal. Labor typically last 13 hours (8 hours for mothers who have
delivered once already), and getting to the birth center 10 minutes
earlier isnít likely to make a big difference. Try to keep a level head
and drive safely: thereís a lot at stake.

And how's mom doing? Phase I (Early Labor): If this is
your first birth, youíll finally understand just how fake Braxton-Hick
contractions really are. Real labor contractions are going to be
notably more intense, more painful, and come in waves of 3-4 every ten
minutes--each one lasting up to 60 seconds. That For
you anxious impatient types, try to avoid the stopwatch tedium of
recording every contraction and do something more entertaining like
watch SNL reruns said, at the beginning of early labor youíre
best bet is to ride the contractions out in the comfort of your home.
Realistically speaking, the contractions wonít be so frequent or
painful that you wonít be able to putter around the house, watch a
movie, or even take a warm bath to relax for the upcoming birth. Early
labor can last up to eight hours for a first birth. As weíve mentioned
before, the amniotic sac may naturally break at this point. If this
happens, go ahead and get your stuff together and head to the birth
center even if your contractions havenít started. If your water doesnít
break on its own, you can head to the birth center when your
contractions are occurring every five minutes for over an hour (at this
point they can last up to 90 seconds apiece Wooee!). For you anxious
impatient types, try to avoid the stopwatch tedium of recording every
contraction and do something more entertaining like watch SNL reruns on
Comedy Central. Between Chris Farley and David Spade, you might want to
check your rate periodically to see if itís increased overall, and then
get your stuff and head to the birth center to try and catch the next
round of SNL reruns.

Phase II (Active Labor)
:
When the
cervix is dilated to 10 cm, your baby is usually descended somewhat
into your pelvis and may be accompanied by feelings of rectal pressure
similar to the feeling you have before a bowel movement. At this point
itís not unusual to feel nauseous (even to the point of vomiting),
although many women donít. On the other hand, there are plenty of cases
where the mother is fully dilated but the baby wonít descend until much
later in the labor-process. Although the typical course of action is
bearing down (when the baby has descended) and pushing through the
contractions to move your child through the birth canal, your uterus is
also slowly pushing your baby downwards, so take it slowly and donít
strain too much. If it is your first birth, your baby will probably
descend more slowly. It is still quite common to coach the mother to
push and bear down as much as possible during this time, but there is
no reason to believe that this is necessarily a better approach than
waiting until you feel the spontaneous urge to bear down, which will
happen eventually. Still, keep in mind: if you opt for an epidural, the
loss of pelvic sensation will prohibit this option and instead require
that you receive explicit coaching during the pushing process.

Phase III (Expelling the placenta):Within a half hour (but usually only a few minutes) after delivery, the
placenta (also known as ďafterbirthĒ) will also find its way out of
your body. Expelling the entire afterbirth is important because any
remaining pieces can cause bleeding and infection later on (early
breastfeeding actually promotes complete afterbirth ejection).At
this point, the audience jumps to its feet in a resounding standing
ovation. BRAVO!!! Encore? You know what? Weíre going to let this baby
and momma sleep a bit. Itís been a long journey and really, itís only
just the beginning of another even more incredible journey which we all
call ďlife.Ē Maybe another year from now when all the pregnancy
memories are faded and eclipsed by all the adorable happy baby moments,
mom will shrug her shoulders and say itís time for another, maybeÖ.

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