We have always bee proponents of using stitches instead of staples, but is medical glue a new and even better option?Very possibly, but given that many doctors still staple c-section incisions rather than stitch them, it could be a long time before using glue instead becomes common practice!
A new test has been developed in Sweden, which could predict if women in labor hoping for a vaginal birth will in fact end up having a c section birth.
Researchers at Liverpool University and Liverpool womens hospital have established that when high levels of lactic acid are measured in the amniotic fluid, it is unlikely the mother will deliver vaginally. Based on this research the test was developed by the Swedish company Obstecare.
Measuring lactic acid could help decide whether to end what could prove to be a long and difficult labor and opt for a Cesarean earlier. Prolonged labors of this kind, which end up resulting in a Caesarean section are seen by many as the worst of all worlds. Man y mothers end up with a feeling of failure, and babies can become distressed and at risk.
The test is being rolled out in a number of European hospitals.
Their studies showed that the uterus produces lactic acid as other muscles do when they work hard, but that when it reaches a certain level the substance starts to inhibit contractions.
Pregnancy can cause back pain for many women because of the strain from baby’s weight. For many women this can be a cause of much stress and impact health, sleep and state of mind. Sometimes these issues can continue after birth and back pain is in general a very common issue for a lot of people.
Thankfully more and more doctors are recommending complementary health solutions for both relieving and preventing back pain and this article gives a really good overview of the main treatments.
Support for the lower back is also one of the benefits of our Abdomend Bikini Belt when used as a pregnancy support belt. It’s unique extra support strap can be fitted either front or back, giving support either directly to the lower back or as additional support for your pregnant belly.
There are a variety of problems that can arise as a result of a c section delivery, among them are adhesions. Adhesions are fibrous bands that form between tissues and organs. They may be thought of as internal scar tissue.
Many women who have had c-section later experience low back and hip pain. The c-section scar, if untreated can form prominent and internal scar tissue just above the pubic bone. When this scar tissue is thick with adhesions it can pull on the hip flexors or psoas musscles which originate at the lumbar vertabrae T12-L5 (your lower back). When one hip flexor is hypertonic (having a very high muscular tension) it will typically pull on the lower lumbar spine. As a result pain is experienced, typically either sciatic pain or lower back pain.
Another symptom that has been seen with cesarean moms is that they may have issues with lower digestion such as irritable bowel syndrome or elimination difficulties. Again, the tightening created by the scar tissue pulls within the abdominal cavity and thus affects the organs. Painful sex after c-section is another complication that can be caused by adhesions.
Bottom line, typically the scar tissue that formed after the c-section can tighten and pull the body out of balance and the symptoms of pain in the back really originates in the abdomen. Fortunately there are solutions that work for most women. First and foremost caring for the scar with daily self massage will soften the tissue dramatically and prevent adhesions.
After two months the addition of null will further diminish and heal the scar tissue. Myofascial and craniosacral treatment can also help release any remaining pulling from the scar tissue in the pelvic floor. The hip flexor(s) can then return to balance. Caring for the scar in these ways creates relaxation of the tightened lower abdominal tissue relieving pressure on the low back, and typically avoids potential future problems and pain.
Couple the benefits of such a self care routine with those of binding and you have The Deluxe C Section Recovery Kit. We cared enough to design and make it, please care enough to use it.
A video showing how adhesions are treated with laparoscopic keyhole surgery
Serious injuries associated with vacuum extraction, such as subgaleal haemorrhage, skull fracture and intracranial injury, continue to be reported. There is little doubt that many of the problems and unfavourable results encountered after vacuum delivery are a consequence of incorrect use of the instrument and should, therefore, be preventable.
Incorrect use of the vacuum extractor may occur for a number of reasons, namely, uncertainty of the indications for the procedure, lack of familiarity with the equipment, inadequate technique of vacuum extraction and a lack of awareness of the safety measures.
This video shows a doctor describing bothvacuum extraction and forceps delivery practices. The 2nd video shows the profound bruising to a newborns head and face as a result ofvacuum extraction assistance during birth. Thankfully forceps delivery accounts for only 1% of births in America whilevacuum extraction accounts for 4%. While these numbers seem small as percentages, but with around 4 million births a year in the US, it is in reality around two hundred thousands of babies. So add to the list of questions for your doctor, what and how much experience do you have with forceps andvacuum extraction assisted births do you have? & Under what circumstances would you use them?