Water birth - how dangerous?

March 17, 2014

 water birth
 Today there are several types of alternative obstetrics. Childbirth at home, without anesthesia or water are considered closest to the natural conditions. How are water birth how to prepare for them and what risks do they represent?


Preparing to leave water

Classes begin in the swimming pool on the fifth month of pregnancy. It's about preparing the expectant mother to the appearance of the baby both physically and psychologically.

Being in warm (32C) water, the woman does not feel its weight and move freely. Classes in the pool to help pregnant women keep fit, strengthen muscles, especially the pelvic muscles, teach proper breathing and relaxation of different postures Relaxation and stress - calm, not panic!  Relaxation and stress - calm, not panic!

The body prepares for childbirth in a comfortable environment: water relaxes and soothes the expectant mother. At the gynecologist who specializes in water births, conducting sessions swimming coach.


Facilitating labor

In France, deliveries directly into the water are very rare. As a rule, speaking about the birth in water is meant only relief fights in the bath. The very same output child from the mother's womb takes place in the air. At the same time, not every hospital offers water therapy. If your choice is made in favor of this procedure, ask your doctor to give you a list of such establishments.

With the onset of active labor a woman can take a comfortable position in a large tank with warm water (temperature - 37 ° C). Bathroom is in a maternity unit.

It is well known that the properties of water help fight spazmovymi pain, make the body weightless. In the water, the woman is easier to move and take a comfortable position. In addition, the water opens the uterus and softens the crotch.

At birth in water epidural anesthesia is not practiced. Fetal monitoring allows you to monitor the baby's heart rate and uterine contractions.


Are there risks in childbirth in water

Births in the water are safe, if they are conducted by experienced specialists. This method of birth is the most comfortable for the child. For nine months, he is in the amniotic fluid, so water for the newborn - the natural environment.

While the fetus is in the womb, he was not breathing, his lungs begin to work only on contact with air. Once the baby emerges from her womb, he was immediately removed from the water and placed on the mother's abdomen. Woman in labor to be released from the reservoir to the placenta.

For the mother, too, this kind of birth is not dangerous. If the battles in the water there are complications, the woman in childbirth is converted into an ordinary tribal office.


Where the practice of water birth

Water births are popular in Belgium and Finland. In France, only a few maternity hospitals offer this service (this is not a complete list of such institutions):

  • Clinique Champs Fleuri à Décines (69)
  • Maternité des Lilas (93)
  • Centre hospitalier d'Arcachon, La Teste de Buch (33)
  • Centre hospitalier de Guingamp (22)
  • Polyclinique d'Oloron (64)
  • Clinique de Pithiviers (45).



Births in the water can choose any woman whose pregnancy is without complications. But in some cases, water birth may pose a risk to the health of mother and child. These include:

  • High blood pressure, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes
  • HIV, hepatitis Hepatitis - the scourge of our time  Hepatitis - the scourge of our time
   B or other viral diseases
  • Abnormal location of the placenta
  • Irregular heartbeat of the fetus or any other anomaly that occurred during labor
  • Premature birth and various pathologies
  • Polycyesis

Any of the above factors, the doctor has the right to ban birth in the aquatic environment.

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Postpartum massage - an effective and useful

April 4, 2014

 Postpartum massage
 Postpartum massage can be just as important and useful as a massage during pregnancy. Postpartum body therapy is an effective and holistic approach in many ways to adapt to motherhood. To my surprise, you can get much more than just a spa treatment.

Massage - known method of relaxation, relieve stress and pain, and many other kinds of positive effects on human health. The unique effect of massage on the body after the birth includes controlling hormones, reduced edema, improved sleep Dreams: how to understand our dreams  Dreams: how to understand our dreams
   and breastfeeding. More advanced therapy helps restore the body to its pre-pregnancy state, speeds healing and helps to recover from a Caesarean section.

Find a massage therapist who has a certificate in the field of prenatal and perinatal massage. Qualification - a very important point.


Benefits of postpartum massage

Postpartum massage has proven itself as an effective way to faster recovery and better health. The use of physical therapy for the mothers can greatly increase the effectiveness of physical rehabilitation and the transition to motherhood. The advantages of it are many.


Relaxation and stress reduction

Massage relaxes muscles, improves blood circulation and reduces stress hormones, resulting in relaxation. Your body will be grateful to you for such care after nine months of changes, which is the culmination of the birth of one of the greatest miracles. Some women prefer a light relaxing massage, while others are more serious methods. Application of myofascial and craniosacral therapy can penetrate deeper into the body for a full recovery. Any of these types of massage bring relaxation and stress reduction.

Anxiety and depression respond very well to therapy qualified. About two-thirds of new mothers experience postpartum temporary worsening of mood associated with hormonal changes, new responsibilities and some disappointments. Emotional support and other benefits of massage can help during this transition period. Postpartum depression is more severe the longer a condition that affects 10-15% of mothers. Studies show that massage is useful for the treatment of postpartum depression. Do not hesitate to consult with medical professionals ask them for help, including from specialists working with postpartum physical condition.


Pain relief

Residual pain in the body after pregnancy - a common phenomenon. Breastfeeding and child care can enhance the pain in the back, arms, shoulders and so on. Massage is an effective integrated approach, which relaxes muscles and relieves pain without drugs. A skilled therapist can even solve the problems associated with numbness and tingling. Persistent or severe pain may require several treatments.


Hormonal regulation

Massage improves hormonal balance after delivery. Estrogen levels Estrogen - the key to bone health  Estrogen - the key to bone health
   and progesterone is very high during pregnancy and after childbirth is reduced. A prolactin and oxytocin rises to facilitate breastfeeding. Studies show that massage reduces levels of cortisol, a stress hormone How to beat stress? Create an oasis  How to beat stress? Create an oasis
 . Some essential oils can also establish hormonal balance and improve your mood. Massage also affects the natural biochemical substances associated with depression (serotonin and dopamine) and problems of the cardiovascular system (noradrenaline), supporting the young mother during the transition to maternity.


Reducing the swelling

Body fluids also have to come to a balance after pregnancy, during which there is an increase in fluid volume by about 50%. Massage improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, facilitating the removal of excess fluid from the body. Stimulation of tissue helps your body to withdraw the water in the right places. Swelling also depend on hormones, which affect the majority of the most significant changes after birth. Massage helps to regulate hormones, which in turn reduces swelling. Keep plenty of fluid intake for recovery and lactation, even if you might still have swelling.


Improved sleep

Most young mothers after giving birth feel exhausted and frazzled clock care for the child. Massage eases fatigue, promotes relaxation and helps with sleep. Studies have shown an increase in delta brain waves (those that accompany a deep sleep) with massage therapy. That is why very often people fall asleep during the massage. Getting enough sleep is the key to postpartum recovery. Everything is changing and improving, when you feel rested. Organize yourself for this kind of care and have regular massages for a better rest and sleep. In one of the studies established a connection between good sleep and loss inherent in pregnancy belly fat.


Improving breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift for your newborn, but can also be a problem for some moms. Massage relaxes the body, improves circulation and increases milk production. Studies show that massage increases levels of prolactin, a hormone lactation. Relaxation pectoral muscles "open" arms and improves lactation. New research shows that massage helps relieve chest pain in it, reduces sodium levels in breast milk, and improves the ability of the newborn to suck. Talk to your doctor about this service, as work directly on the breast may be illegal in some areas.


When can I start the post-natal massage

You can start the post-natal massage, as soon as you feel comfortable to do so. The expert will take into account your status, for example, if you have a stomach ache or chest. If you have a post-natal complications, first consult your doctor.


What positions are safe during the postpartum massage

Any position is safe after the birth, but can be adjusted depending on the specifics of your convenience or massage. Some moms like to lie face down, after they were lying on their sides for nearly nine months. Others may be uncomfortable to lie face-down because of discomfort in the chest or from breast milk. Position on the side can be easy and very effective for the treatment of specific problems in the shoulders, pelvis and legs.


Can I bring my child with a massage

Many mothers want for a while to keep the child in good hands and get some rest. But others prefer to take the newborn with her. Ask your doctor whether infants are welcome with a massage. Some experts are satisfied with the presence of young visitors. Newborns typically sleep a lot, and experienced doctor can adjust the procedure for the child, if necessary (for breastfeeding, and so on). With a child may need extra time, so get approval in advance of the masseur.


Aromatherapy massage during the postpartum

Massage with aromatherapy can be a very effective treatment for post-partum mothers. Essential oils are pure extracts from plants and can help to relax, adjust hormone balance, cleansing, reduce anxiety Anxiety - how to distinguish normal from disease?  Anxiety - how to distinguish normal from disease?
   or depression. Most high-quality oils are safe and hypoallergenic for women after pregnancy, but let your therapist know what you are breastfeeding. Fragrances can dissipate into the air, added to lotions or apply topically. Find out about the level of competence of your expert in this area and whether there should be an additional charge.


Turn postpartum massage in your care after pregnancy

Massage can improve recovery after childbirth and the health of many women. Complete instructions and advice of your physician massage to support the transition to your new maternal role. A trained therapist can help you in the physical, emotional and educational support you to find joy in motherhood. Consult your doctor if you have any complications or problems before starting any new therapeutic procedure.

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