Labor and Delivery, Vaginal Birth
In a vaginal birth, the baby will come out through the birth canal. Most women give birth at around 38-41 weeks of pregnancy. However, there is no way to know exactly when you will go into labor.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occur:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Increased bleeding: soaking more than one sanitary pad an hour
- Wounds that become red, swollen, or drain pus
- Vaginal discharge that smells foul
- New pain, swelling, or tenderness in your legs
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent blood in the urine
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Depression, suicidal thoughts, or feelings of harming your baby
- Breasts that are hot, red, and accompanied by fever
- Any cracking or bleeding from the nipple or areola (the dark-colored area of the breast)
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
In a vaginal birth, the baby will come out through the birth canal. Most women give birth at around 38-41 weeks of pregnancy.
However, there is no way to know exactly when you will go into labor.
What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
Labor is the process that positions the baby for birth, delivers the baby out of the birth canal, and passes the placenta after birth.
Your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Uterine infection
- Tear of tissue around the vagina
Complications requiring forceps, vacuum extraction, or
- Blood clots
- Injury to the baby
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Bleeding disorder
- Lung or heart disease
Infectious disease (eg, active
- Water breaking before your contractions start
- Placenta previa
(placenta positioned over the canal opening)
- Abruptio placenta
(early separation of the placenta from the wall of the womb)
- Umbilical cord prolapse
(umbilical cord slips out of the birth canal before the baby's head)
- Large baby or a baby in the wrong position inside the womb
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before giving birth.