Preparing for the pain during childbirth

A delivery is never painless. Most women who give birth for the first time often see this as disappointing. How bad the pain is during the birth can not be said in advance. Some women have a heavier delivery than others and in addition everyone has a different pain threshold.

Prematurity: What does that mean and what are the symptoms?

In the Netherlands, 15,000 babies are born prematurely each year, which is about 8% of all babies. There is talk of preterm birth if your baby announces itself for the 37th week of your pregnancy and after the 24th week of your pregnancy. The older your baby is, the smaller the chance of complications. Parents of premature children, also called premature children, face an uncertain and difficult time.

When is a baby viable?

A pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. These 40 weeks start from the first day of your last menstruation. There are few women who give birth exactly on the calculated day. Babies can still 'sit' for up to 42 weeks or decide to come earlier. About 90% of all pregnant women like their baby earlier than 40 weeks.

What does an obstetrician do?

If you are pregnant, you will regularly go to a midwifery practice. But what exactly does a midwife do? An obstetrician is trained to monitor the health and development of your baby. The midwife is involved in all phases of your pregnancy. During the visits you take to midwifery practice, you will be informed and everything will be checked.

What do you have to prepare at home for after the birth?

Basically you have 9 months to prepare yourself for the arrival of your little one. But still you get a little stress in the last few months. Have you already got everything inside? Are you really ready for the delivery and are you ready for after delivery? Think of your flight bag, the baby stakeout list and everything you need to recover as well as possible.

What is a birth plan?

A birth plan is a plan that you put together with your partner. In this plan you write down what your wishes are for during the delivery. A birth plan is not mandatory, but very useful and nice to have. In the first instance, it ensures that you think about the delivery better. That way you prepare yourself in advance.

Recognize contractions

During pregnancy you will face a number of inconveniences. Especially when the end of the pregnancy is approaching and especially when you are pregnant with your first child. One of the things you can experience is a hard belly or pre-contractions. These contractions may seem like the birth has started, but that is not always the case.