As you enter the last trimester of pregnancy and your belly gets bigger, you will start to think about being hospitalized. Parents who are expecting a baby for the first time tend to be filled with anxiety.
In this article, we will introduce a list of things you need to know from the second half of pregnancy to delivery, as well as what to expect during your stay in the hospital.
The term “late pregnancy” is generally used to describe the period from the eighth month to the end of pregnancy. After the 10th month of pregnancy, you can expect to give birth at any time. The signs that the baby is about to come out vary from person to person, but sometimes you will see light bleeding called “bloody show”.
Some people bleed like they are menstruating, some don’t bleed at all, but in general, the bleeding is usually light with a brownish tinge to the discharge. If you have a bloody show, take a shower and get clean.
However, if your water has broken, you should refrain from showering or bathing due to the risk of infection. In some cases, the birth does not occur immediately after the onset of a bloody show. If you are not sure, please contact your hospital or clinic.
After that, you will start to feel a dull pain in your lower abdomen, similar to menstrual cramps. This is labor pain. The pain will be mild at first, but will gradually get stronger. If you are a woman giving birth for the first time, call the hospital when the pain becomes severe and the interval becomes 10 minutes.
If you are a woman who has given birth, it is best to contact your doctor as soon as possible because the birth process often progresses quickly. When you arrive at the hospital, you will undergo an internal examination and then be admitted to the hospital in most cases.
When you arrive at the hospital, you will be checked for the progress of the birth and the orientation of the baby through urine analysis, ultrasound, internal examination, and delivery monitoring equipment. Depending on the baby’s condition, you may be admitted to the hospital.
If the progress is slow, you may be sent home. The interval between the pains becomes shorter and shorter, and the uterine cavity gradually opens. Ask your partner to massage your lower back, or find a position that is comfortable for you, as the pain will get stronger.
Periodic internal examinations with a delivery monitoring device will be done to monitor the opening of the uterus. In most cases, first-time mothers are moved to the delivery room when the uterus is fully opened (10 cm). However, this may vary depending on the situation.
After moving to the delivery room, it’s time to give birth. you push with the waves of pain. After the baby is safely delivered, the placenta will start to fall out. This is called postpartum labor, and it ends when the placenta is expelled. After that, if the perineum is torn or incised, it will be sutured.
Life in the hospital
The length of hospital stay depends on whether you have a vaginal delivery or a cesarean section, but it is around 5 to 10 days. The first day in the hospital is for resting the mother and practicing breastfeeding and diapering.
At first, it is a good idea to weigh the baby before and after feedings to see if the baby is drinking milk and if the milk is coming out properly, weigh the baby during diaper changes as well, and make a note of how much the baby has peed. In the first few days, it will take a lot of time just to breastfeed or feed your baby.
However, by the time you leave the hospital, your milk will usually start to flow, and your baby will be able to drink well and get used to each other. Also, since everyone’s milk supply is different, if you are worried about it, please consult with a midwife.
The schedule differs from hospital to hospital, but around the third day, you will receive guidance and practice bathing. On the fourth day or so, you will receive an explanation of how to live with your baby and how your body will recover.
Before leaving the hospital, the baby will be examined for any abnormalities, and the mother will be examined for uterine contractions, and if there are no problems, you can go home.
What do you need for hospitalization?
What you will need varies somewhat depending on the place of birth. The local government or the hospital where you plan to give birth will hold a “mother’s class” for mothers who are about six months pregnant. In addition to instruction on the birth process and how to bathe, the necessities for hospitalization are often explained at this time.
Apart from that, many people say that “I should have brought this and that”. One thing that is often mentioned is a drink and a straw with a bendable tip. During labor, you may not be able to get up because of the pain, so straws that allow you to drink while lying down seem to come in handy. Other items that came up were golf balls for massaging the lower back, clothes for the baby and mother to wear when leaving the hospital, maternity panties and pads, and underwear and pajamas for easy nursing.
It is also recommended not to buy too many diapers and wipes to use after the baby is born. Many people unify the items with the ones they used in the hospital during their stay. Also, even if you are fully breastfeeding, you may have to stop breastfeeding temporarily due to medication. It is a good idea to have at least one bottle ready.
First-time mothers tend to get anxious as they approach their due date. It’s a good idea to check with your partner in advance about the process from hospitalization to delivery so that you don’t feel rushed, and to prepare things that are necessary for leaving the hospital, such as a car seat, before the end of your pregnancy, and prepare things that can be prepared later after delivery. Let’s welcome your baby with a relaxed and carefree mind.