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You’re into the final month – and probably glad to have the finishing line in sight! We’ll help you get ready to cross it!
Occasionally, labour is started early by medical staff. Your baby may be safer being delivered, rather than staying in the uterus if there are signs of a serious problem for you or your baby. This may happen if you have high blood pressure or a condition such as diabetes.
Some babies need a little help to be born. Forceps or ventouse may be used during the birth if your baby gets into a difficult position, shows signs of distress, or if you and your baby get very tired.
Both can be used to help pull the baby out as you push. If they’re used, you will have to lie on the bed with your feet in stirrups. A cut may be made to your perineum (called an episiotomy) which makes more room for the doctor to work and for the baby to come out. The forceps or ventouse are fitted, then with each contraction, while you push the baby out, the doctor will pull gently and steadily to help the baby progress. Your baby may have marks from the assisted, (sometimes called instrumental), delivery but these fade over the first days.
You may have stitches and bruising after an assisted delivery. Take things easy and ask your midwife for painkillers if you need them.
An episiotomy is a cut made in the perineum to make it easier for your baby to come out. It may be used if:
You can try to avoid episiotomy by:
In the final days, many women begin to notice signs that labour will soon begin. Some even go into hospital thinking they’re in labour, only to be told they’re not – what a disappointment. Signs can include:
This is a vitamin that helps blood to clot. All babies are born with low levels of vitamin K but in a very small percentage, these low levels may result in a bleeding disorder known as vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB). It is usually given as an injection (preferred route), but can also be given orally. As parents, it is your choice whether to give vitamin K or not, discuss this with your LMC.
The birth (and afterwards)
It’s worth making some plans for the birth and afterwards; the more you can get organised now the easier it will be.
Before the birth:
After the birth: