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Is the descent of the fetus into the pelvis.
Premonitory Signs of Labor
- Braxton Hicks Contractions
- Sudden Burst of Energy
- Bloody Show
- Rupture of the Membranes
- Cervical changes
- Gastrointestinal Disturbances
Nursing interventions - cardiac output increases to ______
300-500mL of blood is squeezed from the uterus into the maternal circulation with each contraction
Blood pressure should be taken between contractions b/c its HIGH during
Anxiety and pain may also increase BP
supine position can cause HYPOtension due to vessels being compressed by the fetal weight.
Nursing interventions - hyperventilation may ____________the level if of C02 in the mother's blood
oxygen consumption doubles
Variables affecting labor are
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