Pregnancy

Uterine Arteries – Functions and Possible Problems

A woman’s body is perhaps the most complex we have knowledge of. This, of course, because of all the specificities that women carry because of their reproductive system. And many do not know but it is extremely important to know every detail of your body when you think about having a child, so you have no doubts about the changes that happen during the pregnancy process and how your body reacts to each external element, like exercises, for example. The uterine arteries are a great example of how many women do not know their bodies at all. After all, what are they and what is the role of the uterine arteries during gestation? If you’ve never heard of them and want to know more about their effects on a woman’s body, today’s text is perfect for you.

What Are The Uterine Arteries And What Is Your Role In Pregnancy?

The uterine arteries are two, one on the right and one on the left. They are the major blood vessels that irrigate the uterus. They also have several branches throughout the uterus that play an important role in maintaining the blood in the menstrual cycle with changes in the endometrium and during pregnancy. During pregnancy this blood transport is extremely important since it is this way, through the blood, that the nutrients and vitamins necessary for the proper growth of the fetus come to him.

Doppler study

The Doppler Study is based on studies done by the physicist Johann Christian Andreas Doppler in the 19th century. Through them a new modality of ultrasonography, the ecodoppler was created . This test is to evaluate and measure blood flow in the body. During pregnancy it is common to perform this test, both to measure blood flow in the uterine arteries and to measure the baby’s blood flow in the heart, brain and also in the umbilical cord. Doppler ultrasound is painless for the expectant mother and fetus and usually does not last more than 15 minutes. It is usually done by the abdominal or vaginal, the latter being the most recommended by doctors during the first three months of gestation.

Resistance Uterine Artery

During pregnancy you need to be aware of the level of resistance to blood flow that is carried by the uterine arteries. To know it is necessary to perform the Ecodoppler to check how the blood flow in these arteries. It is usually performed between week 22 and 26 of gestation. This examination is very important because these levels of resistance, when not suitable for the gestational period, can bring numerous complications. Ideally, the resistance should go down, but if during pregnancy this resistance increases the risk of pre-eclampsia or hypertension increase, in addition to the risk of premature delivery and even death of the fetus.

Problems Caused by Uterine Arteries

Among the major problems caused by increased resistance of the uterine arteries are pre-eclampsia and gestational hypertension. It is very common for them to appear in women who have never had a history of high blood pressure and are then referred to as DHEG, or pregnancy-specific hypertensive disease . These diseases can bring very serious problems for the woman and also for the baby.

Pre eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is characterized by increased blood pressure in the pregnant woman after the twentieth week, along with protein loss through the urine and which may still be accompanied by bumps. When this does not happen, preeclampsia can develop into actual eclampsia, ie convulsions, which can lead to death of both the mother and the fetus.

We may highlight some risk groups for pre-eclampsia such as pregnant women over the age of 40 who already have some kidney disease who are having multiple pregnancies or who have had pre-eclampsia in other pregnancies or a family history of the disease.

Gestational Hypertension

Unlike preeclampsia, gestational hypertension is not as serious and is characterized only by an increase in blood pressure during gestation, which is unique to this period of a woman’s life, that is, when there has never been any indication of high blood pressure. It is common for this problem to appear late in pregnancy , but it can also happen earlier, just like pre-eclampsia, after the first 20 weeks. However, one must also be careful and take the necessary precautions so that gestational hypertension does not worsen. Among the risk groups are adolescents and women in the first gestation.

How to Prevent and Treat these Problems?

Both problems are among the most common during a gestation and are caused by problems with the uterine arteries, so it is very important to perform all the prenatal exams and to do an average follow-up throughout this period. These are diseases that present a great risk to the development of the baby and the life of both him and the woman. Now if the results for these problems are positive you need to take some care. Medications will probably be prescribed to control high blood pressure, and too much rest and caution should be taken with feeding, avoiding sodium, for example. Depending on the length of gestation, the woman’s hospitalization may also be indicated for more intense follow-up. Even in the most severe cases of preeclampsia, labor induction may be necessary. Often everything will depend on the functioning of the woman’s body and there is not much to do. We know that during pregnancy it is very important to lead a healthier life, to go hiking, to have a balanced diet because all this can help to prevent some problems and soften others that inevitably may appear. Knowing your own body and the changes it goes through during your life, especially in pregnancy, is of the utmost importance to understand what symptom really is a problem and what is normal. Speaking specifically about pregnancy, knowing how each organ works, such as the uterine arteries, gives us greater safety when talking to our doctor , as well as giving us more peace of mind throughout the gestation, which is very important. But perhaps the biggest plus of knowing the potential problems your body may have during pregnancy is because you will know exactly how to avoid them and how to treat them if you need to. Life as a mother begins at this point when you care about yourself to provide a good birth for your child.

Every Woman Goes Into Labor – Truth or Myth?

When a woman thinks about having a baby, several questions arise in her mind. It is very common that couples do not know exactly how the whole pregnancy works, it is something that we learn over time, through experiences, research and also the important consultations with the doctor. And one of the most controversial points when we talk about having a baby is if every woman goes into labor . After all, is this true or a myth? Let’s talk about this more deeply and explain whether this statement really is true or false.

After all, is it True or Not?

Before we explain how the whole process of labor works, it is important to talk. No. It is not true that every woman goes into labor, at least technically speaking. Every pregnant woman can be your baby in a common way, whether in natural childbirth or cesarean surgery, but often not all the symptoms of labor are felt in this process. And that is why we can say that not every woman goes into labor. That is, this is rather a myth. But to better understand this statement, we need to understand what labor is.

What is Labor?

It is a series of symptoms that indicate that the woman’s body is preparing to give birth. We can divide labor in a few phases. Are they:

Contractions

Breaking the Stock Exchange

Dilation

Loss of the Mushroom Scroll

Let’s talk about each of these stages and how they participate in labor.

Contractions

One of the first symptoms of every woman who goes into labor is contractions. They can start up to 15 days before the baby is born, with an average interval of 3 hours for each spasm. We can say that this first sign is a “pre-labor”. It is recommended that as soon as you feel the first contraction, tell your doctor. The interval between contractions begins to decrease with the passage of time. When this interval is 10 minutes, the woman is actually in labor. These contractions can cause certain discomfort and even severe cramps in the woman. Each of them usually lasts from 30 to 40 seconds and happens rhythmically. Shifting of position and towels with warm water are alternatives so that the pains of contractions do not disturb both.

Breaking the Stock Exchange

The rupture of the pouch happens often without the woman realizing it, often being discovered when the pregnant woman goes to the bathroom. The fluid is similar to urine, but is lighter in color and may have whitish parts. Also unlike the urine, the woman can not control this liquid. When this happens, the woman should not panic or despair. It is advisable to clean, put on an absorbent to control the flow of fluid and go to the maternity to have the baby.

Dilation

Dilation of the cervix is a direct consequence of contractions. The most common is that, when a woman is in labor, dilate 1cm per hour , reaching up to 10cm. However, this number may suffer slight variations. When the dilation takes too long to occur, intervention is necessary so that labor can continue normally. That is why many say that not every woman dilates and, consequently, not every woman goes into labor. Another important information to be added is that not always a woman will realize that she is dilating, as often this can happen without pain . The dilation can only be observed by the doctor or the doula who is currently helping the woman through the “touch” examination. Women who have not had dilation in the first pregnancy may have the second, as well as women who have had dilation in the first pregnancy, are more likely to have faster dilatation.

Loss of the Mushroom Scroll

The mucous plug, or mucosal plug, is a brownish colored discharge and usually contains traces of blood. It has the function of protecting the cervix and consequently the baby. This loss is the first sign of the dilation of the cervix. When this loss occurs, it means that your body is prepared for the baby to be born, although this may still take a few days to occur in some cases.

Other Myths

Besides the myth that says that every woman goes into labor, there are several other myths that involve this universe. Let’s talk about some of them and explain why the information does not proceed. They are:

The Stock Market Breaks After Women Have Contractions

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Although this is quite recurrent and common, it is not a rule. The woman’s purse does not necessarily break after the onset of contractions. The procedure that should be done does not change anything , just go to the maternity to have your child normally. There are also cases of women who need to have their baby removed even before the bag breaks. These are the cases in which the woman has some type of disease that prevents her blood and the baby’s blood from having contact without contaminating the baby.

Remedies to Induce Labor

The myth is not about the remedies themselves, which are used and recommended by doctors and often work in the induction of labor. What happens is that these remedies are not infallible and there are chances of not working. If this happens, a delivery through cesarean surgery is necessary.

Dilatation Means Labor Necessarily

As we talked about in this article, there is a period of “pre-labor” that works as a preparation of the body. Not only the contractions, but the dilation itself can happen a few days before labor itself happens. Even so, it is important to state that the most common is that the dilation occurs already in the process of labor. There are many questions when we talk about pregnancy, especially for those who are thinking about having their first child now. Knowing that not every woman goes into labor and that this is a myth helps the woman to relax and better prepare for that moment that is so special and unique in her life. Of course, these are not the only myths that circulate about the subject of labor and it is always important to research and be aware of how the whole process works. After all, whoever wins is you with more knowledge and tranquility to have your baby.

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