What is maternal distress?

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asked Jul 31, 2023 in Pregnancy by Kushking (790 points)
What is maternal distress?

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answered Aug 7, 2023 by Saramouche (5,520 points)
Maternal distress is a pregnant woman's response to the transition into motherhood in which the mother responds to stress, adapting, function and control and also connecting on a continuum.

The 4 complications that can arise at birth are excessive bleeding, shoulder dystocia, perinatal asphyxia and water breaking early.

Other complications that can arise at birth are abnormal heart rate of the baby, problems with the umbilical cord, perineal tears, labor that does not progress and pelvic injuries.

The symptoms of a pelvic injury after birth are fecal and urinary incontinence and pelvic pain that can persists for months or years postpartum.

The nerve that is blocked during labor is the pudendal nerve in the pelvis.

During the second stage of labor an injection called a pudendal block can be given through your vaginal wall and into your pudendal nerve in the pelvis to relieve pain during the second stage of labor which is pushing.

The signs that labor is near are.

The woman's waters breaking (rupture of the membranes)
The woman experiences a backache, or an upset stomach.
The woman experiences cramping or tightening, similar to period pain.
The woman has a feeling of pressure, as the baby's head moves into the pelvis.
The woman has an urge to go to the toilet caused by your baby's head pressing in your bowel.

Your hips do naturally widen some before giving birth to help with the delivery of the baby and to allow the baby to pass through more easily.

To prepare the pelvis for delivery, the hormone Relaxin is released during pregnancy to help relax the pelvic joints and ligaments as well as soften and widen the cervix.

By relaxing the pelvic joints and ligaments, they loosen and expand so baby can pass through birth canal.

The common signs that a woman is about to give birth include.

The woman's waters breaking (rupture of the membranes)
The woman experiences a backache, or an upset stomach.
The woman experiences cramping or tightening, similar to period pain.
The woman has a feeling of pressure, as the baby's head moves into the pelvis.
The woman has an urge to go to the toilet caused by your baby's head pressing in your bowel.

A woman will know that she is about to give birth when she has signs of going into labor which is contractions.

When a woman is about to give birth and go into labor she will start experiencing strong contractions.

A woman who is about to give birth and go into labor will have strong, regular contractions, and a 'show'.

During your pregnancy, a plug of mucus sits in your cervix.

A show is when that plug of mucus comes away, indicating that the cervix is starting to open.

The woman about to give birth will have several warning signs that they are about to give birth or that labor is nearing.

Weight Gain Stops. Some women lose up to 3 pounds before labor thanks to water breaking and increased urination.
Fatigue. Commonly, you will feel exhausted by the end of the third trimester.
Vaginal Discharge.
Urge to Nest.
Diarrhea.
Back Pain.
Loose Joints.
The Baby Drops.

Learning the signs of labor before your due date can help you feel ready for your baby's birth.

Signs of labor include strong and regular contractions, pain in your belly and lower back, a bloody mucus discharge and your water breaking.

If you think you're in labor, call your health care provider.

Here's what you can expect when labor is 24 to 48 hours away:

Water breaking.
Losing your mucus plug.
Weight loss.
Extreme nesting.
Low back pain.
Real contractions.
Cervical dilation.
Loosening of joints.
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answered Nov 28, 2023 by mirafine (2,300 points)

Maternal distress refers to the emotional and psychological challenges a mother may face during pregnancy or after childbirth. For support and guidance in such situations, 1 natural way customer service can be a helpful info. They provide assistance and resources to help mothers navigate these challenges. Recognizing and addressing maternal distress is important for the well-being of both the mother and the child.

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