Labor & Delivery Tips for Second Time Pregnant Mother

Second time pregnant? Congratulations! You've now entered an all too familiar territory of mood swings, hormonal fluctuations, heightened food cravings, increasingly rotund belly, aches, pains, muscle soreness, fatigue, due date anxiety, labor pains and of course, applying and landing a lucrative maternity leave!

You've been there and done that! Nothing fazes you anymore; but would it surprise you if we said that this time around the impact will be shorter and the results faster? Not because you are mentally prepared and strong.

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Well, that is a point, but by the second pregnancy labor and delivery, your body is now acquainted with the drill.

Second Pregnancy Labor And Delivery

Therefore, the good news is that this second pregnancy and labor and delivery will be considerably shorter than those insanely long hours you spent the last time in the maternity ward waiting just for a glimpse of a tiny head or a leg. The simple reason for this being, your cervix has lost some of its original rigidity, thus making it easier for the occurrence of thinning and opening of it for the baby to come through.

Another great thing to notice is that false labor alarms go down considerably. No, that does not mean Braxton Hicks contractions or a false contraction does not happen during a second pregnancy labor and delivery. In fact, the rates at which it happens remains the same as the first time, but this time round you can tell the difference. No more rushing to the hospital and back home tired, sleepy, and embarrassed.

Tips for Second Pregnancy Labor And Delivery

Before you just wave your second pregnancy off as an experienced affair, consider this piece of information. Your cervix dilates and effaces to a good extent even during the false contractions. And the more the number of Braxton Hicks contraction you have, the shorter your second pregnancy labor and delivery is going to be.

In effect, in subsequent pregnancies, the vaginal wall and the cervical opening yield more easily and smoothly to the baby's head thus reducing your "push huff puff puff" time considerably.

There have also been cases where mothers have had an almost pain free second childbirth.

The truth be told, just the mere knowledge of it makes the second time round a more joyful ride. The pressure and expectations are reduced. You know the trigger points and are in a better position to deal with them effectively and efficiently than you were during round one.

That being said, however, does not mean that there is no room or margin for complications. An rh negative pregnancy or high blood pressure, or wrong lifestyle choices can put the most experienced of mothers to the test.

To avoid the development of any complications or to stop aggravating an already existing health problem, it is necessary that during your second pregnancy labor and delivery you follow the orders of your family physician to the T. Cut down on your anxiety and half the battle is won; however, do not be so lax that you fail to recognize the signs of any abnormality during the pregnancy. Raise the flag if you find anything amiss. Even if it's a false alarm, when it comes to you and your child's health, it is better to be safe than sorry.

So go on, make the most of this pregnancy and celebrate the joys of motherhood in a relaxed frame of mind and before you know it, the nine months will have gone by and the new addition to your family will be cozily nestled in your arms.

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