Are you preparing for birth? Correct these beliefs
Some myths about birth need correcting. For example, the myth that the delivery of the first child always takes longer and that it gets faster in the second or third child. As well as the myth that you should go to the hospital as soon as the contractions start. These myths may be partially true, but they still need correcting.
1 The birth of the second, third, or fourth baby is faster
- Births after the first baby may happen faster, especially if they’re close.
- However, don’t forget that the duration of birth becomes shorter or longer based on different factors, like the fetus’s weight, their position in the uterus and the direction of their head.
2 The delivery of the first child always takes longer
- In fact, the delivery of the first baby usually takes between 6 and 12 hours.
- However, it is also connected to different factors, like the fetus’s position, size, the shape of your pelvis and its width… It is also affected by the effort you put to help your baby out.
- Your baby’s birth could also be affected by the time you get the epidural. If you get it before the baby has taken the right position for delivery, it will undoubtedly take longer.
- So it’s better to get it after your cervix is dilated to 3cm.
3 you should head to the hospital as soon as the contractions start
- No, you don’t need to go to the maternity hospital as soon as you start feeling contraction.
- It’s better to wait till the contractions are regular, at an interval of almost 10 minutes.
- Prepare to go to the hospital calmly, relax and tell your husband if he’s away. This way you won’t have to stay long in the hospital.
- However, you should go once your contractions start if you’re pregnant with twins or in other cases the doctor determines. So talk to her first.