Normal Delivery

Normal vaginal delivery falls under the category of a procedure that takes place without any form of medical intervention. It refers to the complete natural delivery of a baby without any medications or surgeries. During vaginal delivery, the primary focus depends on the position in which the mother should comfortably deliver the body.

Who qualifies for normal delivery?

This procedure is perfect for all mothers who want to give birth to their babies vaginally. This, of course, depends on your medical condition and the pregnancy. If there have been no complications, the doctor will give you the go-ahead for a normal delivery. 

Why is the procedure conducted?

The vaginal delivery procedure is easier than the C-section delivery. When you choose a vaginal delivery, the postpartum result will be less painful and allow for the shortest hospital stay. Within 1-2 days, the mother can go home with her newborn baby/babies. No complications are involved in this method, and the mother feels comfortable after just a few days. This delivery procedure also gives mothers the immediate ability to breastfeed.

Benefits of this procedure 

The benefits of vaginal delivery include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quick recovery 
  • Avoid the risk that is associated with the instruments used for C-section delivery
  • Lowest risk of infections
  • During normal delivery, natural microbes and bacteria from your vagina will be transferred to your child, which boosts the immune system.
  • The babies are at lower risk of respiratory problems, which helps prepare the lungs of the baby for breathing.
  • This procedure stimulates lactation because the process activates multiple natural hormones.

Risks or Complications

The risks or complications a baby may face during and before the normal vaginal delivery include:

  • Uterus rupture
  • Foetal distress
  • Sensation in the perineum area
  • In case the mother is passing on any infections, they might pass to their child.
  • The baby might emerge from the buttocks or feet first (breech position)
  • Chances of having more than one baby
  • Big baby size
  • Cephalopelvic disproportion
  • Undetected placenta

The risks that a mother can face in a normal vaginal delivery include:

  • chronic pelvic pain
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • retained placenta
  • urinary leakage
  • postpartum haemorrhage
  • anaesthesia

Days after a normal delivery, the mother might face some issues that would need extra medical attention, and those are:

  • Vaginal discharge and bleeding: You might have heavy bleeding during the first few days after your vaginal delivery. After a few days, the amount of bleeding will be reduced, and the blood colour might change from red to pink. If the colour of the blood changes, then immediately contact your doctor. It might lead to a fever due to changing sanitary pads every hour and washing the vagina.
  • Soreness in the vagina: In some cases, women go through a vaginal tear during delivery. This wound may hurt you for up to six weeks after your delivery. If the tearing was severe, it could take more time. When you sit down, this wound will be so painful for you. So, you can use a cushion and apply the ice pad between the sanitary napkins. If the condition is worse, contact the doctor.
  • Pain during urination: You might feel pain during urination after vaginal birth. The tissues around your urethra and bladder may be bruised and swollen. You might feel it's tough to urinate. In this scenario, you can talk with your doctor. Do Kegel exercises to help you prevent this situation. Kegels help you tone the pelvic muscles. Drink plenty of water and add high-fibre, protein-rich foods to your diet. If you have painful bowel movements, ask for the prescribed medications.
  • Contractions: After delivery, you might feel contractions for a few days immediately after delivery. These contractions can make your uterus shrink back into its original blood vessels and size. It helps prevent excessive bleeding. This situation mostly occurs when you are nursing your baby.
  • Mood changes: After childbirth, mood swings are natural. You might feel frequent mood changes, including frustration, irritation, anxiety, etc. Many new moms also go through postpartum depression. In this case, you need counselling from an expert.

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1. How many days do I need to stay in the hospital after a normal delivery?

Most women without health complications are allowed to leave the hospital 24 hours after a normal delivery. However, depending on your or your baby's health, the doctor may advise you to stay at least 3 days in the hospital.

2. How long does it take to recover from normal delivery?

You can recover from a normal delivery within seven to 10 days.

3. Which exercise will help you after a normal delivery?

New mothers must refrain from any physical exercise right after delivery. However, the doctor will encourage you to do Kegel exercises to soothe and tighten your pelvic muscles.

4. New mothers must refrain from any physical exercise right after delivery. However, the doctor will encourage you to do Kegel exercises to soothe and tighten your pelvic muscles.

Unless you're facing severe complications, you don't need to meet your OB-GYN or rush to a hospital until your scheduled day of check-up.

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