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Young Parents (Singapore) - - Pregnancy -

I know high heels should be put away dur­ing preg­nancy. But why are flip-flops bad, too?

Preg­nancy places ex­tra pres­sure on your joints and feet. While flip-flops are flat, they don’t pro­vide the nec­es­sary arch sup­port. As a re­sult, you may de­velop plan­tar fasci­itis (pain in the heel and bot­tom of the foot).

Ditch the flip-flops for san­dals, which have straps that hold your feet in place and pre­vent trip­ping.

Bet­ter yet, choose well-fit­ted shoes that are round-toed and low-heeled. The in­soles should have a sup­port­ive arch to help min­imise dis­com­fort and ab­sorb shock.

What hap­pens dur­ing an emer­gency C-sec­tion?

You may have been try­ing for a nor­mal vagi­nal de­liv­ery, but the emer­gency pro­ce­dure is nec­es­sary when the doc­tor deems that it is un­safe to con­tinue. Even if your doc­tor is very ex­pe­ri­enced, some­times there are sit­u­a­tions that can­not be pre­dicted be­fore the start of labour.

Blood flow to the baby is com­pro­mised and it is cru­cial to de­liver im­me­di­ately. These could be be­cause of a pro­lapsed um­bil­i­cal cord (the um­bil­i­cal cord drops through the open­ing of the uterus into the vagina), ex­ces­sive and sud­den ma­ter­nal bleed­ing, pla­centa abrup­tion (when the pla­centa de­taches from the uter­ine wall), uter­ine rup­ture (a pre­vi­ous C-sec­tion scar gives way) or that Baby’s heart­beat is show­ing signs of dis­tress.

Other rea­sons could be the labour is not pro­gress­ing or Baby is ly­ing side­ways across your tummy, rather than in a head-down po­si­tion for a nor­mal vagi­nal de­liv­ery.

Dur­ing an emer­gency C-sec­tion, the aim is to de­liver your baby quickly. Hence, things may hap­pen very fast and at times it may be over­whelm­ing for the labour­ing mother.

If you al­ready had an epidu­ral, the anaes­thetist may have time to give you an ex­tra dose of the medicine to numb you fur­ther.

If there is not enough time to give spinal anaes­the­sia, a gen­eral anaes­thetic will be given once you ar­rive in the op­er­at­ing the­atre.

The on­set of labour and how it will progress are un­pre­dictable, so some­times it may not go ac­cord­ing to sched­ule or plan.

Do keep an open mind about de­liv­ery be­cause the first pri­or­ity is to en­sure the safety of mother and baby at all times.

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