Complications That May Arise During Labor

Giving birth to your baby is the most wonderful, painful and scary moment every new parents go through. Unfortunately in rare cases complications during childbirth cannot be avoided and in some cases its minor whereas in others it may be very fatal.

It is true that if you take good care of yourself during the complete pregnancy term then chances of birth related complications are very low. But sometimes things are out of our hands and complications may arise, here are few birth related complications that may arise, helping you prepare for it.

Preterm Labor

A labor is considered to be preterm if it starts before the 37th week of pregnancy. The earlier the labor starts the higher the risk is for your baby and you. Talk to your doctor and acknowledge yourself with the signs of premature labor and get instructions on how to handle the situation when you experience them.About 10% of women will experience preterm labor.

Placenta Problems

Problems with placenta too can be very risky and in most cases placental problems can be discovered during your pregnancy term.But sometimes issues with the placenta arise during the labor – tearing of the placenta, the placenta covering little or most of your cervix,or it may grow though the line of your uterus.

If proper medical care is not provided placental problems may result in fetal hemorrhage and proving to be fatal for both mother and child. Post partum hemorrhage is bleeding excessively after birth. This is more common with cesarean, but sometimes even vaginal birth, multiple births can cause post partum bleeding.

Your doctor or midwife will know how to handle the bleeding after delivery, the usual procedure is to start with uterine massage, then medications and a surgery to remove the placenta and the uterine lining. In worse cases the uterus may need to be removed.

Foetal Distress

Foetal distress is mostly caused due to cord issues or sometimes due to medications taken during labor, infection etc. To keep an eye on this foetal monitoring is used all through the labor, that monitors the heart beat of the child and signs of meconium. But neither of these can be absolute indicators, if the baby is in distress then mostly forceps, vacuum extractor or cesarean can be used to induce birth.

Meera M.Das