Sharing - Study Finds Eating During Labor is Actually Fine for Most Women

~ Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 2:09 AM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys as I'm very interested to know your thoughts on this. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

"Labor and delivery is often a grueling ordeal for many women, and current guidelines rule out eating. But new Canadian research suggests that a light meal during labor could be a good idea for most healthy women.

Traditionally, women have been told to avoid eating or drinking during labor due to concerns they might inhale food or liquid into their lungs — a condition known as aspiration. Aspiration, in turn, can sometimes lead to pneumonia, the researchers said.

But they noted that medical advances have now made this problem highly unlikely in modern settings. According to the researchers, aspiration during labor is extremely rare: In the United States, there was only one case of aspiration during labor and delivery between 2005 and 2013.

The low risk of aspiration is likely due to advances in anesthesia care, such as increased use of epidurals and spinal blocks instead of delivering anesthesia through a mask over the nose and mouth, the researchers said.

In the new study, Harty’s team revisited the issue. They reviewed 385 studies published since 1990 and concluded that avoiding food and liquids during labor may be unnecessary for many women.

In fact, having a light meal may be beneficial because the energy and caloric demands of labor are so high for women — similar to running a marathon, according to the researchers. Instead of setting a “no eating” rule, “anesthesiologists and obstetricians should work together to assess each patient individually,” Harty said. “Those they determine are at low risk for aspiration can likely eat a light meal during labor. This gives expectant mothers more choices in their birthing experience and prevents them from being calorie-deficient, helping to provide energy during labor.”

Two experts agreed with the notion, but added that identifying patients at “low risk” for aspiration is key. “A light meal during labor may be beneficial for most low-risk pregnant women, especially those who wish to have early, continuous regional [pain control],” said Dr. Anthony Vintzileos, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. But he pointed out that aspiration can be an issue if an emergency Cesarean section is required due to fetal distress. In those cases, general anesthesia may be used, and “a recent maternal meal may place the woman at risk for aspiration,” Vintzileos explained.

Therefore, “the anesthesiologist and obstetricians should exercise good judgment to assess each patient individually for having a light or liquid meal during labor,” he said."

Eating During Labor

I definitely cannot comment on labors via C-section since I've never had any before so I am just sharing based on my 3 natural births experiences.

With my first delivery, I started having contractions without realizing they were contractions at about 9pm the night before. We were advised to go for induce as my latest checkup revealed low amniotic count. Hubby and I planned to go to hospital at night so that I could sort of rest while getting the jab to start the induce process. Before we leave for hospital, I had my favorite McDonalds' meals... TWICE! Yup..  TWO McChicken meal set + choc sundaes. I had this thinking that it might be my last time to have something I enjoyed eating before the baby comes. I'm glad I had the meal and had no problems giving birth few hours after reaching hospital.

With my 2nd delivery, I started getting contractions at 11pm+ and by the time we reached hospital it was about 5am. Still too early for breakfast so I didn't have any food. I gave birth 7 hours later at 12pm+ and by the time everything was ready and the nurse wheeled me back to my private suite, it was already 2pm+, way past my lunch! And I was really really really hungry and shaking! I was really happy to see my lunch tray on my hospital bed even though it was cold. I whacked my black pepper chicken immediately.

With my 3rd delivery, we had McDonalds takeaway for lunch while on the way to the hospital. I gave birth 5 hours+ later. I'm really glad and thankful I get to eat before my labor process and that there were no complications from doing so.


What do you think?


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Sharing - Powerful Picture of Baby Surrounded by Syringes

~ Posted on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 9:32 AM ~

I came across this article and saw the accompanying image yesterday and decided to share it with you guys of course. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

" If there was ever a photo that perfectly depicted the pain and joy of IVF, this may well be it. The photo, shared on the Sher Institutes Facebook page, "shows the true definition of love that went into making this gorgeous new baby girl." In it, the baby is surrounded by hundreds of syringes and vials that the mom used during the blood draws and injections she went through in order to conceive.

Dr. Molina Dayal said that those weren't even all the supplies the mother used to conceive. The mother, Dayal said, had been through multiple IVF cycles over the course of a year and a half.

The baby's mother, Angela, who asked that we use only her first name said she would tell others on a similar path to "hang in there." "The needles were the easy part. It was the emotional struggle, the ups and downs, that really took a toll," she said to ABC News. "I'm single and waited a long time for a husband to come. And then by that time it was difficult to get pregnant." "

Baby Surrounded by Syringes

(* Image source: Sher Institutes)


 Such a sacrifice for a parent to endure just to have a child of their own!

 

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Sharing - Inside the Growing Practice of 'Seeding' Babies Born Via C-Section

~ Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 12:05 AM ~

I came across an article, which I find interesting and upon further searches on Google, decided to share it with you guys as I'm very interested to know your thoughts on this. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

Seeding Babies Born Via C-Section

"Babies born via C-section may be more prone to allergies and other issues because they miss out on vital microbes in mom’s birth canal — but a practice called “seeding” aims to make up for that.

Seems like there’s a new hip, must-try birth practice unveiled with regularity these days — hypnobirthing, placenta eating, delayed umbilical-cord clamping — and now, for women having C-sections, “seeding,” or the practice of swabbing a newborn with healthy bacteria collected from mom’s vagina to reap a host of health benefits.

So what’s it all about? Preliminary scientific research has shown health differences between babies born vaginally and by C-section — with those removed surgically being more prone to allergies, diabetes, asthma, obesity, autoimmune diseases, and other conditions, possibly because they don’t get coated in mom’s birth-canal fluids, which include a healthy dose of bacteria.

Trillions of microbes, collectively called microbiome by scientists, reside in our bodies — on the skin or in the gut, mouth, or vagina, where their presence plays a vital role in human health but can lead to health problems when they are out of balance or deficient. It’s why newborns who don’t get to pass through the estimated 300 to 400 species of microbes in mom’s vagina may be at a health disadvantage, according to Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, a microbiologist at New York University School of Medicine who is at the forefront of research about seeding. She recently studied 21 babies in Puerto Rico and found that swab seeding positively affected the microbiome in newborns."

 

I personally feel this is great news! Okay, granted, some may think I have no rights to comment this since I have no experience in C-sections but having read articles about babies are baptized to the world of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens as they pass through the birth canal, how C-section infants don’t get enough good microbes and more, I think this 'seeding' method sounds awesome!

 How does it work you wonder?

"requests for “seeding” – in which a swab soaked in vaginal fluid is put in the newborn’s mouth and wiped across their body immediately after birth – are on the rise."


I read in some articles that the thought of how this was done was quite gross but I personally feel it is no difference from how a baby was born vaginally. Babies inhale and swallowed whatever liquid, discharge, bacterias etc while in womb and while being birthed so what's the gross thing about this seeding method? I would think it this method helps to transfer some good bacterias from mums to babies, why not?

How about you? What do you think?


Sources:

* Inside the Growing Practice of 'Seeding' Babies Born Via C-Section

* Would you ‘seed’ your baby? The surprising post-birth trend on the rise that sees mothers who have C-sections bathe newborns in vaginal fluid

* Seeding: The new birth trend that's all about bacteria

* The Way You’re Born Can Mess With the Microbes You Need to Survive


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