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pregnancy (dec 10)

pregnancy (dec 10) - Optimal birth position is squatting if...

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Braxton-Hicks: begin anytime during the 3 rd trimester of pregnancy; the uterus becomes solid; they are not painful; just like if someone squeezes you tight; its point is to tone up the uterus for labor delivery The pregnant woman should eat something high in complex carbs and low in fat before she goes to the hospital At the hospital, fetal monitoring is done (internally or externally) Internally, a device (a wire) is inserted to the cervix through the vagina to measure the fetus’ heart rate and uterine contractions to see how close together they are Typical heartrate for a baby is 140-160 Externally, they place a large belt around the abdomen and that measures the baby’s heart rate and the uterine contractions as well
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Unformatted text preview: Optimal birth position is squatting if not in water Two primary birth classes • Lamaze: most popular; teaches breathing; to help oxygenate the blood; help respond to pain of contraction through distractions • Bradley: try to educate a woman through breathing and visualization A woman will not be given an epidural until the woman is 4cm dilated Benefits of breastfeeding • children tend to be less obese as adults • increase verbal ability • decrease allergies/asthma as adults • bonding • cheaper • mom lose the pregnancy weight as well • lower rate of breast cancer Cons of breastfeeding • learned behavior • isolated • mom may not be able to or baby can’t suck on the breast...
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