Labor and delivery can be daunting, especially if you’re a first-time mother. It’s important to have an OB/GYN who sees you as an individual with specific needs and who needs a specific birth plan. At Lake Havasu OB/GYN Care in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Kevin Hooker, MD, coaches you to ensure you’re well-informed and confident in your choices going into labor. For help building your delivery plan, call or schedule a consultation at Lake Havasu OB/GYN Care today.
Labor and delivery are the final stages of your pregnancy. Typically, labor and delivery should occur between 37 and 42 weeks. Of course, some women do go into labor before 37 weeks. If this happens to you, you’ll receive special care for high-risk pregnancies.
When your baby is ready to be delivered, your body makes some hallmark preparatory changes. Your cervix begins to dilate and you begin to feel contractions or cramps in your uterus. While painful, these contractions are meant to push the baby down through the birth canal.
You have a couple of options when it comes to your delivery. Your choices make up your birth plan. Of course, you may need to deviate from your birth plan if you experience complications during your delivery, but having a plan in place helps your doctor assist you in a more personalized way.
Your birth plan choices include:
You either give birth vaginally or via C-section. Your doctor might determine you need a C-section if you experience complications. Such complications include a baby who is positioned the wrong way, a detached placenta, or a prolapsed umbilical cord.
The pain of labor is notorious. Thankfully, there are several pain management options to help you through the delivery. Medical options include epidurals, oral medications, IV catheters, and muscle injections.
Since there’s a small chance these medications may affect the baby, many women opt for non-medical pain management options instead.
Non-medical pain management options include walking, bathing, having a massage, and yoga. No matter your choice for pain management, Dr. Hooker ensures you’re as comfortable as possible during your delivery.
If you’re pregnant and would like to know more about your delivery, the team at Lake Havasu OB/GYN Care keeps you well-informed throughout your pregnancy and leading up to your due date. Call or schedule an appointment online to build your birth plan.