Monday, December 17, 2012

Holidayitis of Pregnancy

Holidayitis is a social infection that attacks your birth system — your baby, your body and your pregnancy.

Holidayitis, most commonly known as Noone Wants to Miss The Holiday, is not the same as the Dead Baby Card Attack or Big Babyenza. Holidayitis and its implications can be serious.

People at higher risk of experiencing complications include:

  • Pregnant women 
  • Pre-born babies 
  • Partners 

Your best defense against Holidayitis is to research all information carefully to avoid pressure and scare tactics.

Initially, Holidayitis may seem like a common complication with worried eyes, sighing and additional testing. But common complications usually develop slowly, whereas Holidayitis tends to come on suddenly. 

Common signs and symptoms of Holidayitis may or may not include:

  • Occurs 1-2 weeks before a major holiday
  • Vague, undefined concerns
  • Pre-pre-diagnoses
  • Random, broad testing
  • Additional ultrasounds
  • Pressure to induce or schedule a c-section
  • Jokes about holiday babies
  • References to an upcoming vacation or party

Factors that may increase your risk of Holidayitis or its complications include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Birthing in a hospital or birth center
  • Birthing with a medical assistant
  • Birthing around a holiday

Pregnant women are more likely to develop Holidayitis complications, particularly in the third trimester.

If you're young, healthy and very informed, Holidayitis usually isn't serious. Although you may feel miserable from the symptoms, Holidayitis usually goes away after the holidays.

But if the infection spreads, pregnant women and babies may develop complications such as:

From Pitocin:
  • Fetal heart abnormalities (slow heart beat, PVCs and arrhythmias) 
  • Low APGAR scores 
  • Neonatal jaundice 
  • Neonatal retinal hemorrhage 
  • Permanent central nervous system or brain damage 
  • Fetal death 
From epidural analgesic:
  • Low blood pressure
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Fetal bradycardia
  • Low APGAR scores
  • Difficulty bonding
  • Breastfeeding interference
From cesarean surgery:
  • Infection
  • Hemorrhage
  • Organ injury
  • Adhesions
  • Low APGAR scores
  • Fetal injury

Lifestyle and Home Remedies:
If you do get Holidayitis, these measures may help ease your symptoms:

  • Drink fluids, but not enough to cause electrolyte imbalance.
  • Rest, but research the risks of bedrest, too.
  • Understand the correct symptoms required for diagnosis of any potential complications.
  • Request additional testing and examination to thoroughly rule out or confirm any issues.
  • Ask for a second opinion.
  • Consider a different kind of birth or different kind of provider. It's never too late.
  • Take a warm epsom salt bath to relax.
  • Get plenty of restful sleep.

Controlling the spread of Holidayitis requires confidence, research and a supportive team. The homebirth vaccine isn't 100 percent effective, so it's also important to take measures to reduce the spread of Holidayitis to your homebirth:

  • Take responsibility for your birth and birth outcome.
  • Research any potential concerns and make decisions from within, not from external pressure.
  • Interview your potential medical employees and specifically ask them about vacation and holiday plans.
  • Verbally confirm you are going to wait for your body and baby to decide the birth day regardless of holidays.
  • Be prepared to change your birth location or birth provider to protect your body and baby from Holidayitis.
Holidayitis can turn into a nasty infection that leaves lasting damage to you and/or your baby. With the appropriate prevention and treatment techniques, you can nip this infection in the bud and go on to have a healthy, happy birth of your choice on the day your baby chooses. This is a common infection that strikes many people in all birth locations, so do not feel you are alone.

Related resources:

Is your estimated due date hot or not? Pay attention especially to Thanksgiving and Christmas:

The Pit of Despair:

Childbirth myths:

The lack of evidence for post-date induction:

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