It’s not over yet when the baby’s out – don’t forget the third stage!

Just when you think everything is done and dusted, the afterbirth comes. Get ready for the final push!

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It’s not over yet when the baby’s out – don’t forget the third stage!
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Before you give birth, it’s easy to forget that there’s actually some more work left once the baby’s out. When your little baby is resting on your tummy, it feels like it’s finally over. But what most people forget, or not think about in that very moment, is the third stage of labour – when the afterbirth comes out. When your baby is put at your breast to start eating, you could experience stomach pain. The uterus contracts and the labour starts again. If you’re not prepared, this might feel very difficult.

The contractions expel the placenta out of your body. It might be rather painful and could feel like it’s all too much after everything you’ve already been through. That’s why it’s advisable to discuss the third stage beforehand.

When the placenta is out, the midwife checks it. She checks to see that your baby is fine and then the umbilical cord is cut. If you have any ruptures, you might need a few stitches. Smaller ruptures are left to heal by themselves. The afterbirth pains are sometimes more painful for women who have already had a baby before than for first-time mothers. Talk to your midwife beforehand about afterpains and afterbirth. If you are mentally prepared, it’s probably easier to reach the finish line.

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