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Questions to Ask Your OBGYN About the Labor and Delivery Process
When you are pregnant, your OBGYN will be by your side throughout this critical nine months. There is nothing more important than your well-being and the health of your developing baby. Choosing the right doctor will give you the peace of mind that you can go through labor and delivery successfully and bring home a healthy baby. As you get closer to the delivery date, it is helpful to ask questions and express concerns to your doctor. You can count on this professional to provide you with the information you need.
Putting one’s health in the hands of the OBGYN
An obstetrician/gynecologist has the training and knowledge to understand a pregnant patient’s needs. This medical professional knows how to diagnose troubling conditions and how to prescribe treatment to manage these problems effectively. Women should not have to experience labor and delivery on their own. It is comforting for a woman to know that the doctor is ready and able to tackle even the most challenging issues that may come up at the end of the pregnancy.
When to go to the hospital
Movies and television shows depict couples racing to the hospital just in the nick of time to deliver the baby safely. While there are close calls and even unplanned deliveries at home or in the car, most people have ample time to get to the hospital after going into labor. Still, many women want to know what signs are present to show that delivery is coming soon. Some of these clues include:
- Strong contractions are coming every four to five minutes
- The woman has been having frequent contractions for the past hour or two
- The woman’s water has broken
How painful will it be?
This is a difficult question to address because every woman has a different pain tolerance. Plus, every pregnancy is different and has its own challenges. Women should expect some pain and discomfort during contractions. Some of these are so strong that the patient cannot talk through them. However, if the patient feels as though the pain is unbearable, they can request an epidural, which can significantly numb abdominal pain during contractions, labor and delivery.
Will a C-section be necessary?
Most pregnancies end in normal vaginal birth. However, there are situations where the OBGYN will have to deliver the baby via a cesarean section. In general, the doctor will perform this emergency delivery method if the baby’s or mother’s life is in danger. Some other reasons may be that there are problems with the placenta, the woman is carrying twins or triplets, or that the woman had a C-section before.
Do not hesitate
It is normal to feel nervous and anxious about the labor and delivery process. After all, this is one of the most important days of your life. You want everything to go well and for your baby to be healthy. It is a good idea to talk to your OBGYN in the weeks leading up to your delivery about your concerns. Your OBGYN is happy to answer any questions to calm your fears.
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