4 Concerns Every Expecting Mother Has Before Going Into the Delivery Room

4 Concerns Every Expecting Mother Has Before Going Into the Delivery Room

It is only natural that an expecting mother be a bit nervous before delivering her baby. Even if it isn’t her first, giving birth can be scary and the experience also comes with certain risks. Because of this, the excitement of meeting your baby for the first time is often overshadowed by these risks. Here are just some of the things that an expectant mother may be concerned about before the big day arrives.

Needing an Intervention

Interventions are more common in a delivery room than you might think. There are also different types other than just needing a C-Section, which is the biggest concern than most mothers have. When giving birth, a mother may need an episiotomy to keep her from tearing which creates more damage and leads to longer recovery times. They may also be pushed to take more medications than they had planned due to unforeseen circumstances such as the labor failing to progress, the pain being more than she had planned for and more. If the pregnancy has gone past 40 weeks, she may also need to be induced, which is another—usually unwanted—intervention.

Umbilical Cord Issues

The umbilical cord—while it sustains life for the baby while in the womb—can be troublesome during labor and delivery. Not only can it become looped around the neck or an arm, which can lead to circulation problems for the baby, but it can also become compressed. Compressed umbilical cords can’t supply the baby with the necessary oxygen and nutrients they need and even if this only lasts a short time, it can cause a dangerous dip in heart rate. It is thought that the length of the umbilical cord is determined by a number of factors, but that it also plays a role in how often these types of complications occur.

Pre-Term Labor

Before heading to the delivery room, every expectant mother wonders just when that day will arrive. By the time the end of their pregnancy comes around, most would love pregnancy to be over and for the delivery to be a thing of the past, so that they can go on with life with their new bundle of joy. However, going into labor too soon can be a bit of a problem. Pre-term labor, or a pre-mature delivery, is anything that occurs prior to 37 weeks. At that point, the baby may not be developed enough to thrive outside the womb. The lungs may not be able to bring oxygen into the body effectively or they may not be able to produce enough body heat to keep themselves warm, just to name a couple of things that can occur.

Baby’s Safety

One thing that most mothers don’t always think about is the safety of their baby while in the care of those in the delivery room. However, there are quite a few things that can happen that can cause injury to both mother and baby during the delivery process. If a C-Section is needed but not performed, it may cause undue stress to the baby and perhaps lifelong issues. During both a traditional delivery and a C-Section, a baby can be pulled on or twisted in the wrong way, causing a birth injury. If the wrong medication or dosage is given to the mother while delivering or to the baby, evaluation may be necessary to determine the lasting effects, especially if neither patient were properly monitored.

Even though concerns about the risks involved in giving birth may weigh heavily, they should not outweigh the anticipation and excitement about such an occasion. Bringing a new life into the world should be momentous and joyous. However, it is important to know that if an issue should arise, you know what to do about it.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.