Tampa doctors debunk myths for expecting parents

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — The Mother of All Baby Showers is coming to Tampa. Thousands of new moms and dads-to-be flock to the event, held in different cities nationwide, looking for expert advice on what to expect when their bundle of joy arrives.

Tampa General Hospital is an event partner to help educate new moms and dads, so they know what to expect during pregnancy.

Dr. Shelly Holmstrom, an OB/GYN at Tampa General Hospital, says some of that starts with debunking myths. A common one is first-time parents tend to get to the hospital too early, out of fear of having a roadside baby. Dr. Holmstrom says those are highly uncommon.

“A lot of people are afraid they are going to wait too long that they’re going to have the baby in the car or something like that. That’s really rare, especially for first-time moms. Labor is a process, and it goes on for several hours,” said Holmstrom.

So when do you go? Holmstrom explains, the “5-1-1” rule is always a good one to follow. “The contractions should be every five minutes, at least lasting a minute, for an hour,” the doctor explained.

Another myth buster: You don’t have to schedule delivery to have access to pain medications.

“The anesthesia team here does the epidurals, and they are here 24/7,” Holmstrom said,

TGH is also offering women nitrous oxide, better known as ‘laughing gas” to manage pain. “Which is an inhaled anesthesia, so some people would use that instead of an epidural,” Holmstrom explained.

The Mother of All Baby Showers is happening, November 13th, at the Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa.

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