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Q&A with SPB: Water

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 9:22 PM Comments comments (0)






 


Water is essential for good health. Pure water (nothing mixed in) is best for re-hydration of the body. Bottled or filtered water may be necessary, depending on your water source at your home or workplace. In the mother, water acts as a solvent and catalyst for biological reactions.  In the baby, water accounts for 75% of your baby's total body weight at birth.
 
Lack of water leads to dehydration, which can lead to over a 20% reduction of energy output (can you see why this could be a problem in pregnancy and/or labor?). Dehydration may also contribute to the headaches some women experience as a discomfort of pregnancy. Some of the complications a water deficiency can lead to are declined circulation (low blood flow which then affects what is *not* getting to the placenta), hypovolemia (low blood volume), and oligohydramnios (low amniotic fluid volume), which can trigger premature labor.
 
Note: water without adequate salt intake leads to an imbalance, making it hard for your body to absorb and retain fluids.
 
Be careful about your source of water – how much chlorine is in your municipal water? You can request a report from your town or city if they don’t send you an annual quality report.
 
Be careful of some bottled water. Read the labels. Some of them have additives such as magnesium sulfate (MgSO4), which is a laxative, muscle relaxant, and is used to stop labors. This common name for this additive is Epsom Salts.
 
Your water needs depend on your weight, your climate, and your energy output.

  • Formula: weight/2 = how many ounces of water you need
  • If you want to find out how many glasses of water that is, divide it by 8 ounces in a cup
  • Climate: is it humid or dry where you live? How much water are you perspiring?
  • Energy: again, perspiration also how much is being used by your body in the activities in which you participate?

Did you know that the color of your urine could be a hydration test?  If your urine is clear, pale or straw-colored, *and* you feel well overall, there is a good probability that you are adequately hydrated. If your urine is dark yellow or even orange, it's time to start drinking up some good, clean water. Strive for even more fluids if you have an active lifestyle, if it’s hot outside or both.
 
Note on oligohydramnios: if you are being told that your fluid levels are low, it might be a real thing.  Know that your amniotic fluid is not a closed system – your body is constantly making more and replenishing amniotic fluid.  I’ve read anywhere from 1 hour to every 3-4 hours for that process.  So, if you drink more water, you could potentially increase the amount of fluid in the uterus. However, if you have been drinking a lot of water and your fluid levels are still low, then definitely have an honest conversation with your care provider about your options.
 
Links to explore:
Importance of Water written by my Bradley colleague Lisa Pearson, AAHCC


Fluid Levels in Pregnancy via mamabirth.com



Disclaimer: 
The material included in this blog and video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
 
 

 

 


VBAC: The BIG picture of the risks

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 9:58 AM Comments comments (0)
Uterine Rupture.   

If you have had a previous cesarean, this is THE “drop” word for many care providers when they have their “informed consent” talk with patients for consequent pregnancies.

Today I want to take a look at several other complications related to labor and delivery.  If your care provider is expecting you to be influenced by risk factors for uterine rupture, I think it is fair to look at all the other risk factors of pregnancy and labor in order to create a bigger picture and put things into perspective.

Pregnancy is generally considered a healthy time in a woman’s life.  In order to make life, the woman’s body has to be able to support that life.  In most cases, it is healthy women who become pregnant.  What do we have to be afraid of?  In most cases: nothing.  However, as with many if not all things in life, there is a certain level of risk, and yes, sometimes things go wrong.

So let’s start with the risk numbers for uterine rupture.  Read THIS blog post for an in depth look at the numbers.  Here is the summary of the incidence of uterine rupture, depending on what category you fall in:
 

  • Unscarred Uterus: 0.0033% (primigravidas) to 0.0051% (multigravidas)
  • VBAC: .5% - .7% 
  • VBA2C: 1.7%  (vaginal birth after 2 cesareans) 
  • VBAMC: 1.2%  (vaginal birth after multiple cesareans) 
  • Previous VBAC: .4% - .5%  (if you had a previous successful VBAC) 
  • VBAC + Augmented labor:  .9%  (stats for first attempt) 
  • VBAC + Induced labor: 1%  (stats for first attempt) 


So what are your risks of other complications of labor?





True statisticians are going to take issue with this oversimplification of comparisons.  In recognition that a percentage is more than its face value, here are the ratios and the sources for my information:

Postpartum Hemorrhage:  1/5 – .2000 – 20%
Definition:  “Postpartum hemorrhage is traditionally defined as blood loss greater than 500 mL during a vaginal delivery or greater than 1,000 mL with a cesarean delivery. However, significant blood loss can be well tolerated by most young healthy females, and an uncomplicated delivery often results in blood loss of more than 500 mL without any compromise of the mother's condition.” Quoted from Medscape  
 
“The incidence of postpartum hemorrhage is about 1 in 5 pregnancies, but this figure varies widely due to differential definitions for postpartum hemorrhage.” 
Stat SOURCE

Preterm labor and preterm delivery: 1/9 – .1111 – 11.11%
Definition: Baby born before 37 weeks
Stat SOURCE

Post-Maturity: 3-6%
Definition:  pregnancy past 42 weeks in which the placenta cannot provide the nourishment to maintain a healthy fetus
“The incidence of postdates ranges from 3 - 12% of all pregnancies. If the pregnancy is dated using ultrasound criteria, the incidence of post-dates is lower and ranges from 3 - 6%. Only 1 - 4% of all pregnancies continue to 43 weeks.”
Stat & Quote SOURCE

Breech presentation: 3-4 % of all deliveries
Definitions of the types of breech:
Frank breech (50 – 70% of all breeches): In a frank breech, the baby's buttocks lead the way into the pelvis; the hips are flexed, the knee extended (pike position).

Complete breech (5 – 10% of all breech): In a complete breech, both knees and hips are flexed, and the baby's buttocks or feet may enter the birth canal first (cannonball position).

Footling breech (10 – 30% of all breech): one or both feet lead the way.
Stat SOURCE for frank, complete, and footling breech birth

Transverse lie. A few babies lie horizontally in the uterus, called a transverse lie, which usually means the baby's shoulder will lead the way into the birth canal rather than the head.  1/500 –  .0020 – 0.20%
Stat SOURCE

Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes before 37 weeks: 3%
3% of all pregnancies and occurs in approximately 150,000 pregnancies yearly in the United States 
Stat SOURCE

Preeclampsia:  2% to 6%
Definition:  a condition of pregnancy in which the mother’s blood pressure starts to rise to dangerously high levels, the indicator for possibility of more complications that are potentially fatal to mother and/or baby; 2% to 6% in healthy, nulliparous women (women who have never given birth yet) 
Stat SOURCE

Placenta Abruptio: 1.0%
Definition:  the placenta separates from the uterine wall before delivery of the baby
“The frequency of abruptio placentae in the United States is approximately 1%, and a severe abruption leading to fetal death occurs in 0.12% of pregnancies (1:830).”
Stat & Quote SOURCE

UTERINE RUPTURE STATS FALL HERE

Umbilical cord prolapse: 1/300 – .0033 – 0.33%
Definition: the umbilical cord precedes the baby in the birth canal
Stat SOURCE

Placenta Accreta: 1/533 – .0018 – 0.18%
Definition:  the placenta grows too deeply through the uterine wall 
July 2012 study publication
Stat SOURCE

What do you think now that you have seen a wide array of complications and risks?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted.  
*I think* that the amount of traffic you so generously generate has led to a lot of spam posting.  In an effort to keep the spam to a minimum, I am taking the time to moderate comments now.

For more reading:
Uterine Rupture in Pregnancy: Article dated July 31, 2012

The Risks of Cesarean Section
http://www.motherfriendly.org/Resources/Documents/TheRisksofCesareanSectionFebruary2010.pdf

Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

Birth News

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 6:31 PM Comments comments (0)
Happy New Year!!  Wishing all of our readers many blessings as you welcome the new year.  I trust your holidays were wonderful and that you are looking forward to all the promise of a fresh slate.

These are probably going to keep being evening editions - thank you for your patience as we ramp up posting again in the New Year.  I am really placing a high value on being Peaceful Mama for my kiddos, which means that being on the computer is taking a back seat to homeschooling and teaching classes this season.  

I will be back in full swing soon - until then, please do not hesitate to contact me via email (krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com) if you have any pressing questions about pregnancy, natural birth or breastfeeding!

Birth News
 
FERTILITY
NOTE: Please read this with a grain of salt - we have had students have beautiful, term babies even though they used IVF to attain pregnancy.  Simply shared as a tool for discussion with your care providers as you weigh the benefits and the risks.

IVF Pregnancies Are More Likely To Result In Stillbirth, Preterm Birth, Low Birthweight, Or Neonatal Death

Couples struggling with infertility often turn to assisted reproductive therapy in an effort to start the family of their dreams. A study out of the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Institute found that pregnancies conceived with assistance such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) are more likely to end in stillbirth, preterm birth, low birth weight, or neonatal death, compared with natural pregnancies.

"More research is now urgently needed into longer term follow-up of those who have experienced comprehensive perinatal disadvantage," said lead researcher Professor Michael Davies from the University of Adelaide's Robinson Institute. "Our studies also need to be expanded to include more recent years of treatment, as the technology has been undergoing continual innovation, which may influence the associated risks."

Medical Daily http://bit.ly/19V24Sc

PREGNANCY
NOTE:I am by no means suggesting that you *should* go get a flu shot – again, I am simply offering this as information to discuss with your care provider.  See what Dr. Sears has to say about the flu shot during pregnancy HERE and HERE 

Flu shots in pregnancy protect babies from being born too soon, Canadian studies show

Pregnant women who are vaccinated against the flu are significantly less likely to deliver premature or low-birth-weight babies compared to unvaccinated expectant mothers, new Canadian research finds.

Based on more than 12,000 women in Nova Scotia who gave birth in the immediate aftermath of the H1N1 flu pandemic, the study adds to mounting evidence that the flu can have “really detrimental effects for both mothers and their babies,” said first author Alexandra Legge, a fourth-year medical student at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Ottowa Citizen http://bit.ly/1gqKeoL


BIRTH
Premature 'Water Breaking' During Pregnancy Linked to Bacteria

High levels of bacteria are associated with water breaking 
prematurely in pregnant women, a new study indicates.

Researchers arrived at their findings by analyzing samples of amniotic sacs (fetal membranes) from 48 women after they gave birth. The report is published in the Jan. 8 online issue of the journal PLoS One.

Nearly one-third of early deliveries are associated with premature rupture of fetal membranes, and it's important to learn more about why this happens, the researchers noted.

WebMD http://bit.ly/1d31rF3

POSTPARTUM

Is Placenta Encapsulation the Answer to Postpartum Depression?

It's a sad reality that a lot of moms are familiar with postpartum depression. For anyone that has suffered from this type of clinical depression, you know the impact it can have on both the lives of the individual suffering, and those around her. There have been studies upon studies to find a way to eradicate the symptoms; some have been proven helpful and others not so much. But what if you knew of something that could eradicate all the above? Something so simple, natural and readily available. Would you give it a try? What if that particular “something” just happened to be encapsulating your placenta and eating it? Ew. But what if it really worked?

Not only does it work, but it does much more than combat the “baby blues.” January Jones, Kim Kardashian, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamara Mowry-Housely all rave about their experiences with encapsulation. Before you allow your stomach to churn, put down your lunch for a few moments and take a few moments to learn more about placenta encapsulation and postpartum depression.

Mommy Noire http://bit.ly/1gqI3By

BABY

New causes of diabetes in babies discovered

Scientists have found two new genetic causes of neonatal diabetes - a form of diabetes that occurs in the first 6 months of life. 

The research by the University of Exeter Medical School provides further insights on how the insulin-producing beta cells are formed in the pancreas. 

The team discovered that mutations in two specific genes which are important for development of the pancreas can cause the disease. 

Business Standard http://bit.ly/1a3eaX5

'Kangaroo Care' May Have Lasting Benefits for Human Babies 
 
At age 10, the children who had received maternal contact as infants slept better, showed better hormonal response to stress, had a more mature functioning of their nervous system and displayed better thinking skills.

LiveScience http://bit.ly/1gpnkyc

Preemies who cry a lot may have problems later on

Premature babies who cry a lot may be more likely than other preemies to have behaviour problems by the time they reach preschool, a new study suggests.

Experts said the reasons for the finding are not certain, and no one knows whether "interventions" to soothe preemies' crying would ward off behaviour issues later.

"In many ways, this study raises more questions than it answers," said Dr Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioural paediatrics at Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Centre in New Hyde Park, New York.

Health24 http://bit.ly/1iWKgZG

Doctors report uptick in number of babies with RSV, a respiratory virus, this flu season

For older children and adults, RSV is usually like a cold. Since there isn't a good vaccine against it, Dr. Starke says parents of babies should act fast if their baby has trouble breathing.

"You notice their chest going in and out, they're breathing rapidly, those kids need to be seen right away," he said.

Dr. Starke says there's no treatment for RSV, so parents may want to be extra cautious about taking their babies out in public during this RSV epidemic.

abc13.com http://bit.ly/1gqJ8cC

BREASTFEEDING
Study Links Breastfeeding to Lower Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The latest study documented in the journal Rheumatology, was conducted on more than 7,000 older Chinese women. It revealed that breastfeeding was strongly related to a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Mothers who breastfed, their risk of rheumatoid arthritis came down by almost half compared to those who never breastfed.

There were studies conducted prior to this that focused on the association between breastfeeding and RA, but the results produced were mixed.  It is a well known fact that breastfeeding benefits infants. But there has been growing evidence that breastfeeding has a positive impact on the health of the mothers too. This latest cross sectional study examined the association between breastfeeding and RA and also on the intake of oral contraceptives.

Science World Report http://bit.ly/1iWMTKQ


Disclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.




Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Rupture of Membranes

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM Comments comments (0)
Today’s post is going to be short and sweet.  We had a great question come up in class on Friday night.  Since we are not medical professionals, I am going to remind you that my Bradley™ teacher hat requires me to say that you are in charge of doing your own research and drawing your own conclusions.
 
The set up:  We were reviewing information from the previous class on vaginal exams, and reminding students that *anything* going upstream once the membranes have ruptured has the potential to introduce infection.  We were also reviewing what the pros and cons were to having an amniotomy (artificial rupture of membranes) performed.
 
The question: How long is too long to have your membranes ruptured? 
 
The answer:  Our answer was to remind our students that once the membranes rupture, care providers do not want patients putting anything in the vagina and discourage augmenting labor with intercourse (what!?). 
 
In addition, we have the privilege of having a pediatrician in attendance in our classes (she is going to be the assistant coach for one of our students), and I was happy to have her input.  She said that there are several studies that cite 48 hours as the time when the risk of infection rises.
 
So I set out to find these studies and I did not find them.  I did find that the medical term for one of the infections is chorioamnionitis, and this has been tied to risk associated with the number of vaginal exams in labor:
 
"Chorioamnionitis is an inflammation of the fetal membranes (amnion and chorion) due to a bacterial infection. It typically results from bacteria ascending into the uterus from the vagina and is most often associated with prolonged labor.  The risk of developing chorioamnionitis increases with each vaginal examination that is performed in the final month of pregnancy, including during labor."
 From Wikipedia

Here is a link that explains the risk of infection and the signs to look for that might indicate that the mother is developing an infection:
 
 
Here some additional links that you might also like to review:


 
 
In conclusion, we want all of our students and readers to remember that it is up to them to educate themselves – what are the benefits and risks to any of the procedures or protocols of pregnancy, labor and birth?  It is up to you to read up on the variations and complications of labor.  Once you are informed, then you can decide what course of action you may want to take in regards to your own situation and use that as a starting point for discussion with your care provider.

 
Disclaimer: 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonThe material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

 

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