Pregnancy news, 06/03/17
Passing the time during the early stages of labour can be tough. You’ve had a bath and a bounce on your birthing ball, your waters have broken and things are moving… slowly.
One mum-to-be in America has impressed us with her unusual labour technique. The unnamed woman was filmed dancing – yes, dancing! - through her contractions, doing a full routine alongside her sister-in-law.
Her doula says, ‘My last client of 2016 dancing her baby down through contractions at 6cm dilated!’
The video, which was uploaded onto Facebook by her doula, has already been viewed over 10 million times and has amassed thousands of positive comments from impressed viewers.
Our midwife Sophie says:
'We absolutely love this video of this mum-to-be having a dance between contractions. Being upright (standing, sat in an upright rocking chair or on your knees) allows gravity to assist in moving your baby down, further towards the birth canal. Having an active labour where you can walk around and frequently change positions will help to reduce the length of time that you are in labour. Of course you are allowed to have a little lay down too at times, but being active will certainly help move things along a little faster. Feeling comfortable in your surroundings and with your birth partner (aided by dancing and laughing) also enables the body to produce more oxytocin, which acts on the uterine muscles, making contractions more effective. The stress hormone, cortisol, is activated when you are feeling stressed or anxious and can cause the progress of labour to be a little slower. So, put on your favourite music, dim the lights a little and let your body perform the miracle of life! Go mummies!!!'
Some of you may have watched the new documentary from Channel 4 air on Tuesday night as part of it’s ‘Losing it: Our Mental Health Emergency’ series. The documentary followed a family in Nottingham who experienced postpartum psychosis, a rare but a very serious illness that is often unpredictable.
The recent fires in Australia are known to have had a huge effect on animal and human inhabitants. We’ve looked at the health risks they pose during pregnancy, and how to minimise them.
‘Due’anuary is a month when lots of people seem to find out they are pregnant, so much so that 17th January has been labelled ‘Discovery Day’! Read more about why this is, and what the most common months are for giving birth.
PTSD is being talked about a lot in the media today. It’s important to recognise that PTSD can affect anyone. If you’ve been through a traumatic birth or if you have experienced baby loss in a previous pregnancy through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, you may be more likely to experience PTSD.
By Anam (not verified) on 6 Dec 2018 - 11:21
This dance is so inspirational