Congratulations! Your precious baby is due soon and your family and significant other are very confused.Have you gone crazy, have you lost your mind? You are cleaning everything. You are cleaning things you have not cleaned in years. You are moving the furniture around, changing and re- changing the nursery, doing all the laundry, etc. It’s like you can’t stop. You have such a burst of energy! Why? Is this normal? Take my class. Can you pick the correct answer from below?
It is called nesting it is a burst of energy a compulsion to get a lot of things done prior to your new one coming.
You are exhibiting signs of anxiety and probably need to attend a support group for mothers to be.
This is absolutely normal and can occur days or weeks prior to your delivery
You may have a hormonal imbalance and need to see your OB provider for consultation.
You are often told when you are lying down to lay on your left side. Do you know why? Ideally whatever side favors a good fetal response is the side you need to be on at that present time. But why is the left side the ideal and recommended side when sleeping? Pick out the correct answer below.
Lying on your left side helps the rich nutrition filled blood supply to go from your heart to the placenta.
It will relieve pressure off your liver and kidney allowing a greater blood flow to these organs.
The blood will flow through your body no matter which side to lay on. There is basically no difference.
Know what you should know- Follow my weekly Nurse Jackie Hints – Wishing you all the best!
You have planned a very special delivery however your significant other feels light headed and feels faint, but they are otherwise fine. Can you identify some of the procedures you can do to still have a very special birth.
Request the provider cut the cord
Raise your bed slightly and cut your own cord
Request delayed cord cutting to allow the rich nutritional blood supply in the cord to return back to the baby, assuming the baby is okay.
Insist your significant other take part in cutting the cord.
*This birth is special and you cannot do it again. Take my class and learn different techniques you can do if special circumstances arise.
You are full term, 40 weeks gestation and in active labor (more than 4 cm cervical dilation, cervix is soft and thinning (effacement) and the baby’s head is low in the pelvis. Less than 5 cm usually means you are still in the “latent” or early stage of labor and this can take 1-2 days sometimes. However if you are contracting consistently every 2-3 minutes, 60 seconds is the length of time the contraction lasts and this is going on for hours – it is possible there is something not average going on even at this stage (like the head is not dropping or positioned correctly or sometimes the head just isn’t fitting).
Remember every person’s body is different and every labor is different. The GENERAL progression of labor is you move approximately 1cm per hour (if this is not your first labor), but possibly every 2 hours (if this is your first time in active labor) can be within average range as well. A rate slower than 1cm per hour could be effected by which of the following?
An epidural was placed
Advanced maternal age
History of previous births
Position of the baby, example Occiput Posterior (OP) (some refer to this as “sunnyside up” or baby’s looking up at the ceiling so the baby’s back is facing the maternal back
Lack of pain control (not relaxing which causes the baby’s head to fail to descend “drop”)
This week’s Nurse Jackie Hint is a learning experience. Your delivery is very precious. You would like nothing more than having a video of your birth. Majority of hospitals only allow pics and no video. Video can be misleading without an explanation or you can eliminate scenes that are crucial and in need or explanation .Watch this video of me bowling, how confident I am, how I bowl so well. I hit a strike. I’m so good. What you fail to see is I only hit 2 strikes the whole game and a whole lot gutters . This is not shown in the video. The video is actually misleading. Hence this is why videos are not allowed in a delivery room. This is and example hoping to enlighten your understanding. Wishing you all the best!