Pregnancy is one of the most exciting events that can happen to a woman, but the other side to it is that it can be difficult, too. The baby’s health is primarily dependent on the mother. It is vital for both mother and unborn child to stay healthy throughout the entire pregnancy.
Childbirth may either be through normal or Caesarian (C-section) delivery. The first method is the natural and more common childbirth option among 85% of pregnant women. Women who have no underlying health issues or had a normal delivery in previous pregnancies can give birth through the same method.
On the other hand, a pregnant woman may choose to undergo C-section to avoid the pain and anxiety associated with the natural birthing process. In other cases, a doctor may recommend this procedure if the ultrasound shows that the baby is not positioned correctly inside the mother’s womb. Doctors may also perform a C-section if the mother develops problems during labor.
Health Tips During Pregnancy
Pregnant women should practice the following to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery of the baby.
- Eat a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
- Perform breathing exercises
- Monitor weight
- Stay hydrated
Once the baby is born, it is time for mothers to physically recover. However, this may not always be easy as many changes occur after childbirth.
Here’s what happens to women after giving birth and how to manage them:
- Vaginal soreness
A woman’s vagina may feel sore as childbirth can tear and scar vaginal tissues. The wounds around the vaginal area may cause a painful or stinging sensation during urination.
Home treatment methods like sitting on a pillow and cooling the wounded area with an ice pack can help reduce the discomfort and swelling. However, applying ice packs should not last for more than 20 minutes at a time to avoid damaging any nerves. The soreness should go away after a few weeks; otherwise, the mother should consult her doctor to prevent infection.
- Breast engorgement
Incontinence, one of the side effects of pregnancy and during labor for a normal delivery, refers to the condition wherein a few drops of urine leak while sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
Mothers who experience this may wear sanitary pads for protection and to feel dry and clean. They could also try Kegel Exercises which strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to help control the passage of urine.
- Postpartum depression
Motherhood at its Best
Mothers will do everything for their children, starting with keeping them safe during pregnancy, all the way to the baby’s delivery.
This goal is possible when mothers receive excellent healthcare for themselves and their babies. Makati Medical Center’s team of doctors specialize in superior prenatal care and other relevant medical services. Schedule a consultation now!