The second birth will be easier?
Women, who first came to the delivery room, are sure that their more experienced colleagues fall less test. After all, for sure, the second, and even more so the third and so on, the births are much easier.
Is it really?
obstetrician-gynecologist, cand. honey. Sciences, Moscow
Experts will not undertake to assert that second birth pass easier. On the one hand, it’s easier to walk along the beaten path, and on the other hand, after years the body is not so strong and enduring.
Once stretched tissues remember their capabilities and are ready to repeat previous achievements. Practical skills also give an advantage, allowing the woman to consciously participate in the appearance of the baby.
There are almost no fears due to the unknown in experienced mums. But excessive self-confidence is dangerous, because it can lead to conflict with medical staff.
It also happens differently: not forgetting about labor pains, women are afraid of their repetition and are pre-configured for a negative situation, which is harmful.
Precursors of childbirth always appear, but when the test is repeated, they occur at other times and are less pronounced.
For example, training fights that prepare the uterus for childbirth and do not involve the disclosure of its neck, those who have babies for the first time begin after 34 weeks, and in experienced moms before – after the 20th, and are often almost painless. But, despite the absence of discomfort, such manifestations must be taken seriously: you should lie down, relax and notice the time.
If the next 10-15 minutes of the fight does not stop, you should call in a second. But lowering of the abdomen, pulling back pain and weight loss in twice and thrice pregnant women happen later – not in two weeks, as with beginners, but only two or three days before delivery.
Another difference: 2 weeks before the birth of the first baby his head falls into a small pelvis and the baby stops pressing on the mother’s diaphragm. It becomes easier for a woman to breathe, but it is more difficult to walk. The second child does not do this, he does not need, the road to the exit is already laid.
The mucous plug also leaves in a different way – not for a few days a week before second childbirth, but quickly, in one step, right in front of them.
Both the first and all subsequent births consist of the same periods: contractions and opening of the cervix, attempts and expulsion of the placenta. If you repeat the process, each of these stages is shortened, so younger children are born faster than the older ones.