Common Pregnancy Questions, Part 2 Video

In the second part of this video, Midwife Claire Wood answers your pregnancy related questions.
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Nina Sebastiane: Women about to go through the experience of labor and child birth have got so many concerns and worries and you know having a Midwife around to be able to answer those is an absolute joy and actually we are extremely fortunate to Claire Wood from Queen Charlotte's Hospital in London in the studio today, who is a Midwife there and she is going to answer some of the questions that you've posed to us. Welcome to the studio. In my current situation, I have probably hundreds of my own to ask you. So let's start from some that have come through, will having inverted nipples prevent me from breast feeding once I had the baby. Claire Wood: I think absolutely not, in fact it's a widely held misconception that milk comes from the nipple, breast milk in fact comes from the areola which is the brown area around the nipple particularly the lower part. So inverted nipple as far as I am aware shouldn't prevent breast feeding in anyways, it shouldn't be hindered in anyway, the baby actually takes the aerola in to its mouth and sucks the milk out, of all that area. So it's not really contingent on, how a prominent the nipple is itself. But I think if any woman is concerned about that, I would certainly urge her to have a conversation with her midwife early on in pregnancy, just to put her mind at rest. Nina Sebastiane: Well I remember with my first baby, I had a real difficulties getting my daughter to latch on for the first bit, and it was, I was exhausted, frustrated and in the end I needed to be manhandled, if you like by the midwife in the hospital to kind of you know to show me how it was done, and to sort of get on with it to get started. Claire Wood: Well, clearly all midwives are there to help not only promote but to support and help the with breastfeeding and the successful establishment of breastfeeding, so I would say to any woman who is in hospital, she needn't to be struggling on her own, she should seek help from the midwives and all the staff, who are on the maternity ward are all trained to help with breastfeeding, whether or not there are difficulties but to help with the breastfeeding. So no woman should really go home from hospital with breastfeeding difficulties. Nina Sebastiane: I have got question here for you Braxton Hicks, I keep seeming it to have them, you know, should I be worried, should I be expecting the on slot of labor. Claire Wood: Braxton Hicks are really a sort of rehearsal if you like or bit of a practice for the uterus. They are generally painless contractions and women usually aren't aware of them other than their abdomen will suddenly become hard and it really is a sort of practice contraction. There's nothing at all to worry about. It feels quite different to a real contraction, so having a Braxton Hicks contraction at 36 weeks doesn't mean, you're about to go into labor. Nina Sebastiane: And she knows what you said, if I have I think I had pain in the middle night last night, did I work out with the stiff tummy, would that make sense. Claire Wood: Oh my certainly yes. Nina Sebastiane: Thank you, I have got a question here, my husband is very keen to know how soon we can start having sex again after our baby arrives, that's not my question by the way. Claire Wood: I don't think there's a hard and fast rule, I think as soon as you are comfortable is the answer, it would perhaps be kinder to allow for example the perineum to heal, if there's any perineal trauma just it will be more comfortable experience but I'm not aware that there's any hard and fast rule about 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks or whatever. Nina Sebastiane: What about before giving birth, what if I'm in the late stages of pregnancy, I mean I'm sure, women are bit nervous about that time. Claire Wood: Again I think, it's very much what you're comfortable with, what you're comfortable with literally in terms of physically comfortable, and what's achievable and indeed one of things that we often encourage women to do is

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