Teen Pregnancy Edmonton FAQ
Many of our teen clients experiencing pregnancy in Edmonton come in to the Centre with pregnancy questions. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions about pregnancy.
Q: Will my body change much?
A: Pregnancy has been know to affect the way people look, feel and act. Some women have major hormonal and physical changes, while others don’t. Here is a fun article on how your body changes week by week: http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/week-by-week/your-changing-body/
Q: What is a midwife?
A: Registered midwives are health professionals who provide primary care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period. As primary care providers, midwives may be the first point of entry to maternity services, and are fully responsible for clinical decisions and the management of care within their scope of practice.Midwives provide the complete course of low-risk prenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care, including physical examinations, screening and diagnostic tests, the assessment of risk and abnormal conditions, and the conduct of normal vaginal deliveries. Midwives work in collaboration with other health professionals and consult with or refer to medical specialists as appropriate.(http://www.canadianmidwives.org/)
Q: What is a Doula?
A: Birth doulas are women that are trained and experienced in childbirth. Doulas provide continuous physical and emotional support and assistance in gathering information for women and their partners during labor and birth. The doula offers help and advice on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning, and comforts the woman with touch, hot or cold packs, beverages, warm baths and showers, and other comforting gestures. Perhaps the most crucial role of the doula is providing continuous emotional reassurance and comfort for the entire labor. (DONA International)
Q: What is labor pain like?
A: The experience of labor pain varies markedly from woman to woman. It can also vary for the same woman in different parts of the labor and from one labor to another. Nearly all women experience lower abdominal pain during contractions. Many also experience low back pain, either with contractions or, less often, continuously. Women may also feel pain throughout the belly; in the hips, buttocks, or thighs; or in some combination of these locations. Pain may radiate from front to back, back to front, or down the thighs. It may be felt in several areas at once or just in one specific place. Words women use to describe their pain include: cramping, sharp, aching, throbbing, pressing, and shooting. Pain intensity varies widely and generally increases as labor progresses. The sources and sensations of pain are different in the dilation and pushing phases of labor, and your experience may differ substantially as well. The pushing phase may be less painful. (2014 National Partnership for Women & Families)
Q: Should I breastfeed?
A: It is always recommended that “breast is best” as there are so many advantages for both Mother and child with breastfeeding. There are cases, however when breastfeeding is not the best option (not enough milk, recurring mastitis, etc.) and formula is a necessary substitute. Fortunately the formula that is produced now is extremely similar to breastmilk and a comparable option for those who need it. Talk to your doctor about which formula is right for you and your baby.
Q: What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
A: The benefits of breastfeeding for the baby include:
- Breastfed babies are less likely than formula-fed babies to have ear infections, allergies, lower respiratory infections (such as pneumonia), urinary tract infections, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Breastfeeding may enhance brain development.
- Breast milk is easy for a baby to digest, so a baby may have less gas, colic, and spitting up.
The benefits of breastfeeding for the mother include:
- Breastfeeding helps the mother’s uterus heal more quickly.
- Breastfeeding helps the mother lose her extra pregnancy weight.
- Breastfeeding may help reduce a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer before menopause.
(2014 National Partnership for Women & Families)