12 November, 2018

Debunking common birthing myths

If you’re about to give birth, you may have heard from your friends and family about their delivery experiences. They may also tell you about things they followed during pregnancy. With so much information overload, it may be hard to separate fact from fiction.

Here are some myths about giving birth that we are debunking today:

  1. Giving birth is really quick

While there may be some cases of quick birth, the truth is that it is normal for labor to take hours and sometimes even days. Labor tends to be shorter with the more babies you have, but it is normal for a first-time mom to be in just the early stages of labor for up to 20 hours or more. It isn’t as quick as they show in the movies.

  1. Epidurals can make the pain go away

Epidurals can work wonders when you are in labor but they don’t always make birthing painless. Know that you may feel some pain from contractions or feel a sense of intense pressure. When you are actually giving birth, you may feel more pain as well as burning in the vaginal area. This is normal.

  1. The pain stops once the baby is delivered

A lot of things can cause pain after you give birth. These include delivering your placenta, having any lacerations or episiotomies repaired, afterbirth pains, going to the bathroom, and sitting in certain positions. While none of these hurt as bad as having a baby, let your doctor know if you need something for the pain.

  1. You’ll know when you’re in labor

A lot of women may be able to differentiate a true labor from a false one. However, sometimes it can be tricky, especially if it’s your first one. This may be the reason why you may even rush to the hospital thinking that your labor has begun. Remember that it won’t always be a false alarm.

  1. Your water always breaks on its own

While this is what happens commonly, sometimes your doctor or midwife will break your bag of waters using something that looks like a crochet hook, rather than wait for your water to break on its own.

  1. It takes only a few pushes for your baby to arrive

Sometimes this is true, but often it is not. Keep in mind that giving birth takes times, and it can be normal for this part of labor to take even longer than we thought. Let your doctor decide if you need to go for a C-section – don’t hasten into asking for one after just a few pushes.

These are some of the common birthing myths that you may hear from your loved ones. To know more, talk to our experts at KIMS Cuddles.

*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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27 December, 2022

Tips for dealing with postpartum vaginal discharge

Lochia, or the vaginal discharge that a woman’s body produces following childbirth, is expected to last for a few days to weeks after delivery. After birth, the rapid flow of blood and mucus begins. For the first 2-3 days after birth, the bleeding will be severe and contain blood clots. However, after a few days, the flow will gradually decrease to spotting before stopping entirely. When the uterus recovers after a few weeks, the flow colour can change from dark red to brown, then yellowish-white. It’s an unavoidable and inevitable occurrence, and the only thing you can do is wait for it to end. It continues to decrease in volume before entirely ending. Here are a few essential tips to keep you prepared for this postpartum vaginal discharge.  Pile up with sanitary napkins and replace them regularly. You’ll need big pads with a lot of absorption potential in the first few days. Maintaining strict sanitation and keeping your private parts washed will help you prevent more postpartum infections. To keep away the infections, avoid having tampons or menstrual cups. Empty the bladder regularly, even if you don’t have the urge. This will relieve you.  Medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, should
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17 November, 2022

Taking care of mental wellbeing during pregnancy

Pregnancy often is a happy and joyous phase to treasure and cherish. It brings a mix of feelings for you, and not all of them are good. Few thoughts might even trigger the mental health that might disturb you so much during and after the pregnancy. It’s just as important to look at your mental wellbeing and health during pregnancy as your physical health.  For your safe and happy pregnancy, a happy lifestyle is crucial. However, it is good to notice your mood drifts to identify the problems in the early stages.  What can you usually experience?  While mood swings are common during pregnancy, continuous and long down moments are not good. Take a look at the durations you are down.  Feeling fear or anxiety all the time about your baby or pregnancy.  Having negative thoughts about your life, pregnancy and relation  Feeling burdened with unknown pressure in your mind can relate to the stress of pregnancy but requires attention.  Common mental problems experienced during pregnancy  Depression during Pregnancy “During pregnancy, the symptoms of depression such as changes in sleep, appetite, and energy levels are often difficult to distinguish from the regular experiences of pregnancy.“ says Diana Carter, MBBS Xanthoula Kostaras, BSc. In her recent publication, she mentioned that up to 70% of women report
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20 November, 2021

5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy

No matter how happy you are about your pregnancy, stress during the pregnancy phase is unavoidable. Most of the time, it is because of the hormones that play around. But there are a lot of other factors that account to stress. Managing stress during pregnancy is an efficient way to enjoy your pregnancy period.  Knowing the changes and accepting them happening to your body will help you best during this phase. However, know more efficient ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Here are the 5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Eat well and sleep well must be a routine  Nothing can replace the best benefits of proper food and sound sleep. Ensure that you follow a balanced diet with all the necessary supplements that your body needs and take enough rest. A night of proper sleep will make your day brighter and keep you comparatively in a cheerful mood. Rest when you are tired. Do not overdo during pregnancy. A perfect routine for food and sleep will ease up your hormones.  Surround yourself with positive energy. Talk to your friends and family. Pregnancy can put you through a lot of thoughts. It will make you think about the least possible negativity. Well, these are the instincts of the mother to safeguard her child. So
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