Re: normal delivery
Can exercise alone make a vaginal delivery possible? Possibly not, but it is a good first step. This is the right time to start preparing yourself mentally for labour and look at a birth plan that you can discuss with your doctor. While exercises, both yoga (pranayama) and stretching, will help with vaginal delivery, what will be more potent is being well-informed about what labour would entail and what are the interventions your doctor has planned for that. And yoga is never to be performed without a guru, most certainly not when you are in the last leg of pregnancy.
Are you enrolled in Child Birth Classes. I would suggest you do immediately. For one, Child Birth Classes will tell you how labour happens, what are the various stages and how you can prepare yourself for it. A forum is not a good place to get that advice.
They will also teach you exercises that help you limber up for labour. The breathing exercises will show you how to pace yourself out. But if you are say, asthmatic, and you learn an exercise off the internet and end up getting a bad asthma attack, than can easily push you into premature labour. I am asthmatic and I was advised not to do certain exercises and do certain others. The forum members, however well-informed they be, cannot give you tailor-made information.
I went into labour with premature rupture of membrane at 34 weeks, it was scary, but the breathing exercises totally helped me relax and go through the second stage labour. I had a vaginal birth even though many of my friends were foretelling a c-section. A pitocin-augmented vaginal birth without pain relief *swoon*. But here I am living to tell you it is possible, if you know what is happening with your body and preparing for it.
Birth India is a non-profit organisation that helps/empowers women have that vaginal, minimally medicated delivery and this is their Bengalooru contact, do talk to an expert, please.
Hasini, this is a very interesting thing your doctor says. I know of 9 lb-ers born vaginally and at home with mid wife support. So, could you please bolster your arguments here by citing some of the studies your doctor spoke of, or studies that you have read.
Originally Posted by hasini08
And no, C-section is a major surgery and has its own complications. General anaesthesia, if used, can cross over the blood stream into the baby. So c-section is not, and never was, fine. C-section can result in infections and I know of at least one mother dying of septicaemia (not trying to scare you ladies, this was my aunt). C-section interferes with lactation. I can go on and on, really. C-section is a life-saving measure, but do you really need anti-cancer drugs for fever. Likewise C-s are not a fix-it for every labour.
Manju, even breech presentation does not mandate c-sections. Here is totally interesting read. You may find it interesting that a study of Chennai Hospitals showed that most of the c-sections happened at around 4 to 6 pm (A doctor from Christian Medical College, Vellore presented this paper three years ago, will find it for you.) And the c-section rates in corporate hospitals in Chennai was at around 50 percent. I found out yesterday it was much higher.
Originally Posted by manjulats
No, a lot of c-section depends on just the doctor's ethics, not medical exigencies. A lot of c-sections are completely unnecessary, not when you have a preemie not when you are past your due date. My sister/MIL/friends have all had vaginal delivery at 41 weeks.
Take charge of your labour. Whatever is happening is happening to you FIRST and then your baby. Of course, there are true emergencies, talk to your doctor openly and after educating yourself. Find out from your doctor before hand what situations can arise and how best to tackle them. Look up peer-reviewed sites .i.e. sites where it states a doctor has reviewed the information that a doctor wrote, for what the options your ob talking about means. If your ob is not helpful, shop around for another. There are so many obs out there who treat people as people not just their work.
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