While childbirth usually goes well, complications can happen. They can cause a risk to the mother, baby, or both. Possible complications include

  • Preterm (premature) labor, when labor starts before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy
  • Problems with the umbilical cord
  • Problems with the position of the baby, such as breech, in which the baby is going to come out feet first
  • Birth injuries

For some of these problems, the baby may need to be delivered surgically by a Cesarean section.

Symptoms of Childbirth Problems

The following features are indicative of Childbirth Problems:
  • feeling of lightness
  • elevated vaginal discharge
  • labor pain
  • change in color of vaginal discharge
  • dull backache
  • vaginal spotting
  • abdominal cramps
  • repetitive uterine contractions

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Common Causes of Childbirth Problems

The following are the most common causes of Childbirth Problems:
  • age
  • socioeconomic status
  • ethnicity
  • physical environment
  • pain
  • immobility
  • medical interventions
  • fear
  • anxiety

Prevention of Childbirth Problems

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Childbirth Problems. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • healthy diet intake
  • exercise regularly
  • maintain healthy body weight

Occurrence of Childbirth Problems

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Childbirth Problems cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Childbirth Problems most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 20-50 years

Common Gender

Childbirth Problems most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Female

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Childbirth Problems

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Childbirth Problems:
  • Fetal fibronectin test: To measure the amount of fetal fibronectin in the fluids of the vagina and cervix
  • Fetal heart rate monitoring: To detect the changes in the normal heart rate pattern during the labor

Doctor for Diagnosis of Childbirth Problems

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Childbirth Problems:
  • Gynecologists
  • Obstetricians

Complications of Childbirth Problems if untreated

Yes, Childbirth Problems causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Childbirth Problems is left untreated:
  • abnormal heart rate of the baby
  • perinatal asphyxia
  • shoulder dystocia
  • excessive bleeding

Procedures for Treatment of Childbirth Problems

The following procedures are used to treat Childbirth Problems:
  • Surgery: When pelvic girdle pain is not manageable, surgery can be done
  • Rehabilitation therapy: To manage pain
  • Abortion: To prevent injury or death to the mother in case of ectopic pregnancy

Self-care for Childbirth Problems

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Childbirth Problems:
  • Eat healthy diet: Healthy diet intake helpful in decreasing childbirth problems
  • Exercise regularly: Do regular exercise for good health
  • Maintain healthy body weight

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Childbirth Problems

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Childbirth Problems:
  • Apply psychoprophylactic methods: Helps in diminishing the pain by familiarizing the pregnant woman with the process of childbirth
  • Hypnosis therapy: Woman is prepared with initial hypnotic experiences how to focus on diminishing awareness of pain, fear and anxiety
  • Do yoga: Helps in shortening the duration of labor and decreasing pain
  • Sophrology Therapy: Helps in improving the control of body
  • Music therapy: Promotes relaxation during the early stage of labor
  • Acupuncture: Helps in altering the level of chemical neurotransmitters in the body that reduce pain

Patient Support for Treatment of Childbirth Problems

The following actions may help Childbirth Problems patients:
  • Education: Being educated about the childbirth problems is helpful in coping with disease
  • Support: Join groups with the women's suffering from similar problem will help in coping with the disease

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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