Things about Child Birth That No Pregnancy Book Will Tell

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Pregnancy is a journey of self-discovery, especially for first-timers. The journey should, therefore, be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible for the well-being of both the mother and the baby. As a result, there are lots of published hard copy books and e-books, articles and blog posts, and much more on what to expect when you are expecting. The web is overflowing with such work that is aimed at easing the entire pregnancy period. In addition to the information that expectant women get from their OBGYN, the women still seek information from different online sources, as well as a number of pregnancy apps which help them in the management of their pregnancy.

However, despite these resources offering invaluable information on expecting a young one, they only divulge the tip of the iceberg. The rest can only be experienced as the changes vary from woman to woman. Nonetheless, here are some of the things that pregnancy books leave out.

First, you should be open to different delivery options. Pregnancy books highlight the different delivery options with the pros and cons associated with them. This kind of approach ends up fixating the minds of prospective mothers on a preferred option. However, having an open mind when it comes to how you would like to deliver your baby makes it easy to shift to an option selected by the medical practitioners. Women who opt to deliver their children naturally are the most affected in this case. This is so because of the factors surrounding the childbirth which may necessitate a cesarean section for the sake of both the baby and the mother.

For many generations before us, natural birth has been known as the best delivery option with factors such as the process being kind to the body being cited. However, an option like cesarean section has its own benefits despite the fact that the procedure ends up scaring the mother. Those who are for natural childbirth fault CS, for this reason, forgetting the fact that perineal tearing is a factor that should also be considered.

The use of epidurals during childbirth is slowly becoming popular. This use, however, is shunned by those who do not use them. These women have been called lesser women who are not able to handle the pain that comes with childbirth. The use of epidurals, on the other hand, is a very wise decision on the part of the mother as it helps them to maintain their energy to the time when it is most needed for pushing.

Breastfeeding has always felt like an instinct that comes whenever invoked. This is not the case. Mothers are known to have a hard time the first few weeks when trying to breastfeed their infants. The entire process poses a lot of hardship, from the pain the mother feels to the babies finding suckling a bit hard. However, time is both the healer and teacher in this case. The use of formula is also one of the possible choices that the mothers are faced with. Formula has been designed for those mothers who would rather not breastfeed, or for those whose bodies have a hard time making the milk for the baby. Newborns who are started on formula from their first day of birth grow steadily without any complications whatsoever as most parents are made to believe.

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Dr. Manju Gupta

Dr. Manju Gupta completed MS (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) and senior residency from VMMC, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi. Dr. Gupta is particularly interested in fetal medicine and high risk obstetrics. She also has three research papers published in national and international journals to her credit. Presently, she is assocaited with Jaypee Hospital, Noida

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