Childbirth

Hemorrhoids

I have hemorrhoids, what should I do?

Pregnancy can lead to hemorrhoids. They are due to the compression of the uterus on the large blood vessels, a hormone (progesterone) and constipation. Hemorrhoids can be painful and can result in bleeding, but they do not represent a risk to your baby.

Talk to your physician.

Practical advice:

  • Avoid constipation
  • Your physician may prescribe a hemorrhoid cream
  • Avoid prolonged standing

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Traveling

I would like to travel, what method of transport should I use?

Car: Traveling by car is not contraindicated. Be careful during long trips about the risk of premature labor.

Practical advice:

  • During a long journey, plan regular breaks
  • Fasten your seatbelt

The train is preferable for long distances.

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Sports

Can I do sports?

Playing moderate intensity sports is beneficial for pregnancy and childbirth, however you must adapt to your new situation. Be aware that your center of gravity has moved and therefore your risk of falling is higher.

 

Contraindications:

  • Threat of premature labor
  • Bleeding
  • Placenta previa
  • Delayed fetal growth
  • Hypertension
  • Multiple pregnancy

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Rubella

  • Rubella/measles: In general you will have been vaccinated in childhood against this disease. Serological tests are performed by your physician in early pregnancy. If you are not immune (negative) your physician will be informed and a vaccination will be performed after giving birth.
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Hand pain

I have a sensation of pins and needles in my hands, is this normal?

Pins and needles, numbness or pain in the fingers and hand is probably due to carpal tunnel syndrome. The nerve within the carpal tunnel can be compressed by water retention. The pain may be greater at night or when waking up.

If it becomes very uncomfortable, talk to your physician.

This discomfort will disappear after the birth.

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Tearing

Unless you have experienced trauma in this area before (picture below), the skin of the perineal area and the internal tissues is relatively flexible.

Obviously, the flexibility and elasticity of the perineal area varies from one individual to another, except that the female body is suited to giving birth and therefore, nature has indeed anticipated that a baby will pass through this region.

As you can see, the perineum is not a fragile part of the anatomy.

And yet, it is common for this region to be damaged during childbirth.

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Childbirth

Whether you have been looked after by a private gynecologist or at the hospital, the Maternity offers you a safe place with cutting-edge technology for your delivery.

Doctors and midwives are available to welcome you 24/7.

The delivery ward has 8 separate rooms, 2 of which provide a “natural childbirth” environment.

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Return to work

I have to return to work, what should I do about breastfeeding?

Returning to work depends on your contract and your employer. Depending on your wishes or your options, you can continue breastfeeding, for example the morning and evening milk can be stored. You can express your milk and keep it in the fridge to provide meals for your baby during the day. The alternative is weaning, either by spacing feedings to reduce milk secretion, or by using appropriate drugs. Prepare for your return to work by contacting a breastfeeding professional.

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