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5. How Your Actions Affect Your Baby’s Development

Bathing during Pregnancy

Many women wonder if taking a bath during pregnancy is OK. Most healthcare providers believe it’s safe to bathe throughout pregnancy. They may caution you to be careful as you get in or out of the bathtub. Be sure bath water is not too hot. If you think your water has broken, don’t take a bath.

Women want to know how they’ll know if their water breaks while they’re in the tub or shower. When your water breaks, there is usually a gush of water followed by slow leakage. If your water breaks while you’re bathing, you may not notice the initial gush of fluid, but you’ll probably notice the leakage of fluid, which can last for quite a while.

Choosing Where to Give Birth

It’s probably time to start considering where you want to give birth. In some situations, you may not have a choice. Or in your area, you may have several choices.

When baby hears music, liquid and tissue affect the sound a great deal.

Whatever birthing setup you choose, the most important considerations are the health of your baby and the welfare of you both. When you decide where to have your baby, be sure you have answers to the following questions, if you can.

• What facilities and staff are available?

• What is the availability of anesthesia? Is an anesthesiologist available 24 hours a day?

• How long does it take to respond and to perform a Cesarean delivery, if necessary? (This should be 30 minutes or less.)

• Is a pediatrician available 24 hours a day for an emergency or problems?

• Is the nursery staffed at all times?

• In the event of an emergency or a premature baby that needs to be transported to a high-risk nursery, how is it done? By ambulance? By helicopter? How close is the nearest high-risk nursery, if not at this hospital?

These may seem like a lot of questions to ask, but the answers can help put your mind at ease. When it’s your baby and your health, it’s good to know emergency measures can be employed in an efficient, timely manner when necessary.

There are various hospital setups available for labor and birth. With LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum), the room you are admitted to at the beginning of labor is the room you labor in, deliver in, recover in and remain in for your hospital stay.

The concept of LDRP has evolved because many women don’t want to be moved from the labor area to a delivery area, then to another part of the hospital after delivery for recovery. The nursery is usually close to labor and delivery and the recovery area. This enables you to see your baby as often as you like and to have your baby in your room for longer periods.

Another option is the birthing room; this generally refers to delivering your baby in the same room you labor in. Even if you use a birthing room, you may have to move to another area of the hospital for recovery and the remainder of your stay.

In many places, labor-and-delivery suites are available; you labor in one room, then are moved to a delivery room at the time of birth. Following this, you may go to a postpartum floor, which is an area in the hospital where you will spend the remainder of your hospital stay.

Most hospitals allow you to have your baby in your room as much as you want. This is called rooming in or boarding in. Some hospitals also have a cot, couch or chair that makes into a bed in your room so your partner can stay with you after delivery. Check the availability of various facilities in the hospitals in your area.

6. Your Nutrition

Some women ask if herbal teas are safe to drink during pregnancy. Some herbal teas are probably safe to drink and include chamomile, dandelion, ginger root, lemon-balm, peppermint and nettle leaf.

You may have heard warnings about drinking peppermint tea during pregnancy. Many experts agree it’s OK if you only drink one or two 6- to 8-ounce cups a day to help relieve morning sickness or upset stomach. However, it may worsen heartburn and/or GERD. Look for products that contain 100% pure peppermint leaves.

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Good posture can help relieve lower-back stress and eliminate some back discomfort. Maintaining good posture may take some effort, but it’s worth it if it relieves pain.

Many “pregnancy teas” contain red-raspberry leaf. Studies show you can safely drink tea made from red-raspberry leaves during pregnancy; it may help make labor a little shorter. However, many experts advise waiting until after the first trimester to drink it because it may cause uterine contractions.

Don’t overuse any herbal teas, even those considered OK to drink during pregnancy. About 12 to 16 ounces total a day is the maximum amount of any tea to consume. If you have questions, check with your healthcare provider.

Avoid certain herbal teas while you’re pregnant. Studies indicate those to avoid include blue cohosh, black cohosh, alfalfa, yellow-dock, penny-royal leaf, yarrow, goldenseal, feverfew, psyllium seed, mugwort, comfrey, coltsfoot, juniper, rue, tansy, cottonroot bark, large amounts of sage, senna, cascara sagrada, buckthorn, fern, slippery elm and squaw vine. We have little information on dandelion tea, stinging-nettles tea or rose hips. It may be best to avoid drinking them during pregnancy.

Benefits of Drinking Some Herbal Teas

chamomile

aids digestion

dandelion

helps with swelling and can soothe an upset stomach

ginger root

helps with nausea and nasal congestion

nettle leaf

rich in iron, calcium and other vitamins and minerals

peppermint

relieves gas pains and calms the stomach


Green-Tea Warning

Avoid green tea during pregnancy. Studies show women who consume as little as one to two cups of green tea a day within 3 months of conception and during the first trimester double the risk of a baby with neural-tube defects. The antioxidant in green tea interferes with the body’s use of folic acid. Folic acid in adequate amounts during the first few weeks of pregnancy has helped lower the rate of neural-tube defects.

When you’re feeling good, cook ahead and freeze some meals. They’ll be ready to go when you’re too tired to cook.

Green tea may also interfere with blood tests; it can alter blood-sugar levels that could mess up a diabetes test. In addition, it may interfere with blood clotting. So wait until after pregnancy to have your green tea.

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