Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Birth of the Placenta

Many women wonder what it will feel like to birth the placenta. After you've done the monumental task of giving birth to your new baby, one more thing to do may seem overwhelming. Women need not fear. The birth of the placenta is often an easy and pain free task that is hardly noticeable when you're bonding with your new baby.

The placenta should be allowed to deliver naturally without manual traction on the cord or intense pushing on your abdomen. Both are unnecessary and can add to your discomfort. The placenta will detach on it's own, usually within 30 minutes of the birth of your baby. It is painless. There are no bones in the placenta, so it passes through much easier than the baby and chances are you may not even notice. You may have to give a little push or the placenta may just slide out on it's own.

Once the placenta is birthed, your uterus will begin to clamp down to stop the bleeding from the area where the placenta was. This is the time your caregiver will be watching your bleeding to make sure you don't hemorrhage. You may feel cramping in your uterus, which is a good sign. Usually the cramping will be much less intense than the contractions and if you have an epidural, you will not feel them until it wears off. The cramping is more significant with each subsequent baby.

Overall, the birth of the placenta is an easy process and should not be fretted over.

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