First of all, congratulations are in order! Preparing for natural childbirth is an exciting time! Whether you are the one pregnant, thinking of getting pregnant, or know someone who is, it is a happy time! You have some choices when it comes to labor and delivery. Natural childbirth is a beautiful thing and it can be done! The woman’s body was made to birth children. Below are some tips to get you started on preparing for natural childbirth.
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Tips for Preparing for Natural Childbirth
Read: Download pregnancy books (or go old school and go to the library, it’s free!) Search for books about natural childbirth and birth stories. Women who have gone this route, with minimal medical intervention, have lots to say and lots of advice to give! Take what you want from it and leave the rest. Not everyone is right and not everything you read will be right for you.
Team of support: Who do you want in the birthing room with you? There might be restrictions on the number of people allowed, you can discuss that with your doctor. However, you want to consider who is going to be helpful and supportive in your natural birthing process. Everyone should have a role as well in caring for your during that time. Do you want your partner up by your head, helping you to stay calm and reminding you to breathe? Or is your mom a better person for that?
Exercise: Labor is tough. Prepare your body like you would for a long distance marathon. Pay special attention to the flexibility of your hip, it will help you greatly while in labor. Look into a prenatal yoga class, these specialize in pregnant women and take into consideration the growing belly before you. Aside from the benefit of staying active, you won’t experience a huge weight gain either! Before starting anything new however, you must consult your doctor to make sure what you plan to do is safe for you. Everyone is different.
Practice breathing: Focusing on something other than the pain you will be in actually can do wonders for you. Your mind is a powerful thing! This is why mediation works the way it does. When you focus on being calm and how you are breathing, you will be surprised what you can do when relaxed. Deep breathes in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Visualization: Have you ever created a vision board? Or made the wallpaper on your phone a picture of a place you want to go? The idea is that the more you look at or visualize something you want, the better the outcome. So, visualize the outcome of labor. Your precious little bundle of joy wrapped all warm in your tired arms. Do this at night while in bed. And also during labor while you focus on your breathing!
I hope these tips help you on your way to preparing for natural childbirth. Prepare for the unexpected, as no one person or pregnancy are the same. Whatever you come across are just individuals experiences and advice on their experience.
Have you gone through this already? Post below some things that helped you in preparing for natural childbirth! Helping each other through pregnancy is one of the things only women can do for each other!