After nine (almost 10) months of pregnancy, some mamas will do almost anything to get their babies out. And while many expectant women enter the hospital with a birth plan in place, once they know the end is in sight, they're often willing to try it all. Consumer Reports recently compiled a list of 10 overused birthing procedures that can put both Mom and her tot at risk during delivery. Take a look at the list and tell us if you have engaged in any of them!
When a woman gives birth in the movies, the doctor stands at her pelvis ready to guide the baby into his arms and there is nary an electronic or piece of equipment in sight. In real life, the labor and delivery room is filled with monitors and machines ready to go at a moment's notice.
Take our quiz and see just how familiar you are with these tools of the delivery trade.
If you are a mama-to-be, it's hard to stomach even talking about tearing during delivery. If you've already given birth, saying the word "episiotomy" is probably no longer taboo. Take this quiz and see how much you know about the subject. Source
When you get pregnant you have to give up being self conscious about a handful of areas on your body. One of them is the perineum. The perineum being the muscular area just below the vagina that has to stretch during childbirth in order for your little one to be born. Why, must you forgo your fears of the area? Researchers have found that women who massage their perinea before childbirth have fewer episiotomies, a surgical incision through the perineum made to enlarge the vagina and assist childbirth.
Luckily, my doctors made me fully aware of this procedure before it became an issue, but iVillage's exclusive clip from Tina Fey's new movie Baby Mama reminded me how important the EVOO massage can be and how dreadful the experience might be for someone who hadn't been debriefed on the subject.
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