The Fear of Childbirth

Somewhere In the midst of all the excitement that comes with pregnancy is something a lot of women have to deal with; the fear of giving birth. This can be caused by a number of reasons ranging from the fear of a health defect in the baby or the most notable, nonfatal injuries that can be devastating in a woman’s quality of life. As genuine as these fears are, there are steps that can be taken to prevent them from becoming a reality.

Here are some reasons that cause the fear of childbirth and things that can be done to help reduce these fears:

Fear of pain

Pain is a natural part of childbirth but you do not necessarily have to experience it at its worst. Pain Medications like epidural can be administered during or before labour to drastically reduce the pain.

Fear of vaginal tear

Even though the vagina naturally stretches when necessary, it has it's limits. Perineal lacerations or vaginal tears may occur during childbirth when the baby's head is coming through the vaginal opening and it is either too large for the vagina to stretch around or it is a normal size but the vagina doesn't stretch easily. These tears are usually minor and may heal within a week. The severe ones might need to be stitched up by the doctor after the baby is born. In a case where you have slender hips and a big baby, you should request a C-section to avoid complications during childbirth and harm to your body. Engaging in Perineal massaging a few weeks before your due date is one of the most popular ways of dealing with these perineal tears.

Fear of C-section

This surgical procedure is usually prescribed by doctors as a last resort especially as a way of avoiding complications. In the US, doctors are required by law to explain to patients both the good and bad sides of a C-section before suggesting it. Because a C-section is a surgical procedure, it'll naturally take longer to heal than when a patient undergoes a vaginal birth. It should take about 6 weeks to heal properly.

Fear of birth defects

As genuine as this fear might be, it's important to note that 97% of babies are born healthy. Hence, chances of having a baby with a health defect is very slim.

Even though childbirth is safer now than decades ago, for example in the 18th century, about 1 in 100 women died in the process of childbirth, today in the United States, it’s about 1 in 4,000 which is the lowest it has ever been anywhere in the country's history.

To ensure that the fears of our patients do not come to pass, Lifecircle partners with medical facilities of the highest standards, equipped with exceptionally trained OG-GYN'S who carry extensive research into a patient's medical history to ensure that through best practices, the client gets the care needed to maximize the chances of a complication-free childbirth.

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