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Labour is the act of expulsion of the foetus, placenta, and membranes from the uterus. Types of Labor: Normal Labour Prolonged Labour Precipitate Labour.

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3 Labour is the act of expulsion of the foetus, placenta, and membranes from the uterus. Types of Labor: Normal Labour Prolonged Labour Precipitate Labour Post- mature labour

4 Normal Labour: Labor is considered normal When: There is a single mature foetus, presenting by vertex, the process of labour terminates spontaneously, through the birth canal, without foetal and maternal complications, and within 24 hours. Post Mature labour : When the duration of pregnancy is 42 weeks or more. Prolonged labour: The course of labour lasting more than 24 hours. The causes of prolonged labour are: 1)Inefficient uterine contractions (inertia) is the commonest cause. 2)Occipto posterior position. 3)Rigid perineum especially in elderly women. 4)Full bladder and rectum of the pregnant woman.

5 Precipitate labour: When the duration of labour lasting less than 3 hours, due to: Strong uterine contraction, No obstruction in the birth canal, lack of resistance of the soft tissues and usually the patient does not feel expect the last contraction during the expulsion of the foetus. It is more frequent in multiparas.

6 SYMPTOMS OF ONSET OF LABOUR: 1) Show Discharge of mucous mixed with blood may occur. This is due to dilatation of the cervix. 2) True Lbour pain: The true labour pains are characterized by the follwing:  They are regular and increase gradually in amplitude, frequency and duration.  They are accompanied by hardening of the uterus.  The discomfort is in both the back and the abdomen.  They are accompanied by progressive dilatation of the cervix.  The contractions are not affected by sedation.  They are usually enhanced by an enema.

7 3. Rupture of membranes: Rupture of membranes associated by gush of amniotic fluid (liquor aminii, about one liter) The women should be admitted to the hospital immediately because of danger of cord prolapsed. The functions of liquor amnii are:  Protection of the fetus.  Medium for free movement of the fetus.  Keep the fetus temperature constant.  Medium of fetal exertion. After rupture of membranes the liquor amnii act as antiseptic fluid for birth canal. False labor pain: Many women may complain of painful uterine contraction, despite, the contractions, progressive of the cervix falls to occur.

8  The false pains are characterized by:  The contraction occur at irregular intervals.  The intensity of the contraction remain the same.  The discomfort is chiefly in the lower abdomen.  The contractions are usually relived and after stopped by sedation.  The pains do not cause progressive dilatation of the cervix.

9 1) Uterine force: It is the most important force of labor, It consists of contractions and retraction of the uterus. (Retraction means incomplete relaxation or sustained partial contraction) The values of retraction are:  Assist in dilatation of the cervix.  Assist in expulsion of the fetus.  Assist of separation of the placenta.  To control post-partum bleeding. 2) Auxiliary forces of labor: By strong contraction of the diaphragm and abdominal muscles. When the head stretches the pelvic floor, bearing down occurs involuntary by a reflex mechanism, which is needed for expulsion of the fetus and placenta (in 2nd stage and 3 rd stages of labor.)


11 Stages of labour 1 st stage (Dilatation of the cervix) Quiet phaseActive phase 2 nd stage( Expulsion of the foetus) 3 rd Stage (Expulsion of placenta and membranes) 4 th stage (Post partum hemorrhage)

12 1 st stage:  Begins with the onset of labour and ends when dilatation of the cervix is complete(10 cm diameter or 5 fingers).  It is the longest stage(8→12 hours in primi-gravida, 6→8 hours in multi- gravida. It is divided into : 1 st Quiet phase 2 nd Active phase when contractions are when contractions are infrequent, short duration. frequent,↑and strong.  Contraction that occur every 2-3 min. and last sec. indicates Significant dilatation or effacement of cervix and decent of presenting part.  1 st stage of labour may be less than one hour or more than 24 hours depending on:  The parity of the woman  The frequency, intensity and duration of the uterine contractions.  The ability of the cervix to dilate.  The presentation and position of the fetus.

13 During the 1 st stage of labor the uterine muscle fibers contract and retract, they do not return to their original length after contraction but remain shorter. Thickening also occur in the upper uterine segment while lower uterine segment becomes thinner and stretched.

14 2 nd stage From full dilatation of the cervix to complete birth of the infant, it varies from a few minutes to several hours. depending on the following:  Fetal presentation and position.  Feto pelvic relationship.  Resistance of maternal pelvic tissue.  Frequency, intensity, duration, and regularity of uterine contraction.  Efficiency of maternal voluntary expulsive effort.

15 3 rd stage From the birth of the infant to delivery of the placenta and membranes. (by uterine contraction), it takes about 5min. If the placenta falls to be expelled within half hour after delivery of the foetus,the condition called retained placenta.  The 3 rd stage is composed of 3 phases:  Placental separation.  Placental decent.  Placental expulsion.  Sings of placental separation:  Gush of blood.  Lengthening of the cord of the fetus passes though the cervix.  A rise of height of the funds as the placenta reaches the vagina.

16 15 4 th stage Postpartum hemorrhage due to uterine atony. It may be primary (when bleeding occur during the 3 rd stage or within24 hours) or secondary (when it occurs after the 1 st 24 hours.  The progress of labour can be observed by:  The rate of cervical dilatation.  Descent of the presenting part.  The strength and frequency and duration of uterine contraction

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19 When labour is established the uterine contractions will come at intervals (from one hour or more to ten minutes).  The mother should choose a position she prefer and relax completely each time contraction begins.  Breath deeply (the key of relaxation.)  No strain during 1 st stage (will cause prolapse and unnecessary exhausts the mother).  The mother may walk in the intervals between pains if the membranes are intact. Once the membranes rupture:  The mother is asked to lie down to avoid leakage of liquor amnii.  If the mother complains from backache:  Apply firm massage on lumber region to alleviate pain from modified side lying position.  The rectum should be empty by enema and the mother should be asked to empty the bladder at 2 hours interval.

20  Vaginal examination is performed when indicated  Pulse, temp, and blood pressure are recorded every 2 hours in normal cases and more frequently if any abnormality.  The foetal heart rate should be listened every 15 minutes in the 1 st stage of labour and every 5 minutes in the 2 nd stage especially towards the end of uterine contraction to detect any abnormality.  The normal variation of foetal heart ratio (F.H.R.) is between beats per minute. If the F.H.R. delayed to return after the end of uterine contraction is an early sign of foetal disress.  Normally there is slowing of F.H.R. during uterine contraction, and may return to normal after contraction.  F.H.R. above 160 or below 100 is more dangerous.

21 Woman‘s positions during normal labour

22 When the cervix is fully dilated:  The mother lies lithotomy position and ask her to bear down during uterine contraction (there a reflex desire to bear down during the contractions) and relax in between.  Relaxation between contraction is important in the 2 nd stage of labour to enable the mother to regain her strength and to recover from the effect of the last effort.  Instruct the mother to take deep breath and bear down to increase the power of expulsion of the foetus  The attendant supports the perineum and press on it during uterine contraction to prevent perineal laceration.  At crowning the mother will be asked to stop bearing down and pant in and out softly and easily with mouth open.  If the perineum is much stretched and about to tear episiotomy will be done.

23 As soon as the signs of separation and descent of the placenta are detected:  Massage the uterus to help it to contract to stop any bleeding.  After delivery of the placenta  Inspect the external genitalia and perineum (any laceration 1cm. Or more should be repaired.  Observe the mother carefully for one hour for fear of postpartum hemorrhage.

24 Post partum exercises should start with shorter duration which consists of:  Warm up period.  Gentle stretching exercises.  Postural correction exercises.  Specific strengthening exercises.  Relaxation techniques.  Avoid strenuous exercises (cause significant ↑ of lactic acid concentration in breast milk which affect the taste and acceptance of milk by the infant. Exercises program at 60-70% of the maximum heart rate for 45 minutes a day., Five times a week for 12 weeks, will significantly improve the cardiovascular fitness of post natal woman.

25 Prophylactic: Diminish respiratory complications Diminish vascular complications as thrombosis and embolism. Guard against prolapse and stress incontinence. Curative: Restore the muscle tone (abdominal and pelvic floor. Re-education of posture sense. Help excretion (micturition and defecation). Help involution of uterus. Lactation: To aid lactation by improving the blood supply of the breast and allowing free flow of milk. Pervent sagging of the breast.

26  Post partum heamorrhage.  Nephritis.  Puerperal fever.

27 1 st day oBreathing exercises. oCirculatory exercises. oRelaxation exercises. oStatic abdominal exercises.  2 nd day oRepeat the previous exercises and add the following exercises. oLeg exercises. oPelvic floor exercises. oArm exercises. 3 rd day oRepeat exercises of the second day and add the following: oPelvic rocking exercises.  4 th day oRepeat exercises of the third day and add the following: oHip shrugging. oPelvic rotation. oPosture correction training. 5 th day oRepeat exercises of the fourth day and add the following: o1 st step of trunk flexion.

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