How does your baby feel during delivery? It's still pretty mysterious. We know that he sleeps a lot of the time ... before finally seeing the day. How does your child live with it? How does it adapt to the open air? What does he perceive?
He is preparing to be born ... massaged by the contractions
- Under the effect of hormones, mainly prostaglandins (secreted by the membrane surrounding the fetus and the lining of the uterus) and oxytocin (developed by the maternal pituitary, a gland located in the brain), the first contractions arrive. They will help your baby navigate the world.
- At the beginning of delivery, the cervix is usually closed. During the first contractions, the pocket of water that envelops and protects the fetus is not broken yet. In the womb, your baby bathes in his amniotic bubble, upside down in 97% of cases. Experts assume that at this stage, the contractions act on him like a massage.
He crosses the pass
- Gradually, by the pressure it exerts, the water pocket will cause the erasure, then the dilatation of the neck. When the pouch breaks, naturally or artificially (to speed up the process the doctor or midwife can decide to pierce it, a painless gesture), the contractions will intensify. How does your baby feel under the effect of this strong swell? While everything is moving around him, he continues to doze quietly ... " Thanks to the monitoring, we can see that it alternates between sleep and waking "says Dr. Ghada Hatem, obstetrician-gynecologist.
- With each contraction, placenta and cord compress, which can sometimes hinder the arrival of oxygen for a short time. "For most babies, this decrease is not a problem. The baby's heartbeat slows down immediately to adapt to the situation and will normally restart a few moments later. On the other hand, when the slowdowns are repeated and long, it can be the sign of a beginning of suffering. In which case, we intervene. "
- Your baby will then hurry against the cervix. That's why, at birth, his head may have a small subcutaneous hematoma, Without gravity. "It seems that these bruises do not hurt the child during delivery because, at that time, he secretes endorphins that endorse the pain, but in order to prevent it from hurting a few hours later, an analgesic (type paracetamol) will be given to him in prevention, "says Dr. Ghada Hatem.
- Under the pressure of his head, the cervix dilated to about 10 cm widens to let it out of the uterus. Your baby can then descend through the pool, a narrow slide along which it runs its way. This phase, known as expulsion, can last from ten minutes to two hours.
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