What to Expect During a Vaginal Delivery

What to expect during a vaginal delivery?

Normal birth with no complications is possible even if you have previous cesarean section. There are some things which are very common when delivering vaginally. However, there are other things which may happen only once in your life. You will need to take into consideration all these factors before making any decision about what type of delivery you want to go through.


What happens after the baby comes out?

After the baby comes out, it is time to put him back inside. If you do not feel comfortable doing so, then you should wait until the next day or two. Also, make sure that you are wearing loose fitting clothing since the baby may bump against your skin during this process.


How long does it take?

The length of labor varies from person to person. Some women have a shorter labor than others. The average time between the first contraction and the second one is around 40 minutes. The total amount of time that passes depends on how far along you are at each stage.


Can I push?

Pushing during labor is not recommended because it causes stress on the baby’s head and neck area, which could cause damage to his brain. Pushing can also increase your risk of hemorrhaging due to pressure placed on blood vessels in your lungs. It is best to push only when necessary.


How long does it take to push?

How long it takes to push varies from person to person and how each delivery turns out. In some cases, you can push your baby out in under a minute. In other situations, it could take hours. The average time is around 10 minutes or less.


What happens if the baby doesn’t pop out after pushing?

This is called a stuck baby and it can potentially be dangerous. Time should be taken out from pushing to allow the baby’s head to work its way out naturally. Do not try to pull or twist the baby’s head as this may cause further complications.


How long does the episiotomy take?

This is a relatively quick process and it only takes a few minutes. It can be stitched up relatively quickly as well.


How long does it take to sew me up?

This also takes a few minutes as the stitches are being placed in your perineum and deeper tissue.


Are there any risks during the stitching process?

There is a small risk of damage to your urethra or bladder if they are located in the same area as your tear.

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