10 Most Common Labor Complications
The following are the 10 most common labor complications that you should know about, not to cause fear but rather to inspire preparation.
This happens when the baby’s position is upside down, which means his/her feet are coming out before the head.
If your gynecologist knows about the breech position well in advance, then they can try to change the position of the baby manually.
However, if this is discovered when you’re well into labor, then vaginal birth is not an option. This, however, is not an unusual complication and there’s no clear reason as to why it happens. It’s important to note that both vaginal and C-section delivery can be risky when it comes to breech babies.
One of the must-watch labor complications is if it happens too rapidly. Generally, labor lasts somewhere between 6 to 18 hours, depending on the condition of the mother. If it is less than this, which means between 3-5 hours, then it is considered rapid labor.
The reasons for the same could be due to the baby’s size, uterine contractions, the birth canal being flexible, and you have been through rapid labor in your last pregnancy. One major problem during rapid labor could be that the baby is delivered in an unsterilized and non-sanitized environment.
The mother could be at risk as well because the intense contractions and hurried delivery can cause a vaginal tear or postpartum shock.
As the term suggests, fetal distress could be because the baby is not doing well and has a weak heartbeat, movement issues, or low levels of amniotic fluid. This may be because of pregnancy hypertension, mother’s anemia, and inadequate oxygen levels.
Fetal distress often occurs in mothers that have late labor, for example in 41 to 42 weeks. Some ways to counter this are by shifting the mother’s position, regulating the mother’s oxygen levels, and increasing hydration. Vaginal deliveries are not an option during fetal distress and C-section would be the only way to go.
CPD or Cephalopelvic Disproportion
On the list of labor complications is CPD. This is when the baby’s head is too big to pass through the mother’s pelvis. This can be due to various reasons like if the mother has developed gestational diabetes, or the mother’s pelvis has always been small for the baby’s head, or if the baby is in a different position than usual.