If you are Expecting your first child, you may be terrified to go into labor. That is totally normal, it can be very scary! Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help the process go a little easier for you and to help you feel more prepared!
- Take a Class- Early!
Take a childbirth course and enroll as early as possible: Not only do classes fill up fast, but some classes run up to 12 weeks, which means you need to start taking them 9in your second semester!
- Prenatal Yoga
Many women turn to yoga, not only because it is amazing for keeping you in shape when you are pregnant, but also because it helps you find the strength and focus you need to give birth. It relaxes your mind so that your body is free to do what it needs to do!
- Be Positive
Looking at graphic images, hearing labor horror stories and having thoughts that you “won’t be able to do it” are proven to not only make labor incredibly stressful, but actually cause you physical pain. In fact, this may add more tenseness that can make the process more difficult on your body.
- Study Up
When you are in the middle of labor, it is too late to start educating yourself on what the pregnancy process is like. Read up, ahead of time, so you know what to expect and what you can do in advance to make your labor go as smoothly as possible. For example squatting increases your pelvic opening by 28%, but if you don’t read up ahead of time, you won’t start squatting in advance!
- Have Support
Make sure the room is filled with people who you want there and no one is there who you would rather not be in the room during your delivery. Surrounding yourself with loved ones and choosing carefully who will and won’t be in the room ahead of time will make your delivery 100 times less stressful.
- Know Some Tricks
Learn several effective techniques to manage pain during childbirth, such as self-hypnosis, position changes, heat pack application and different breathing methods. If you don’t know what your options are, you won’t have any options at all.
- Get Up
Upright positions, such as standing, walking, kneeling, slow dancing, sitting and squatting, allow gravity to help move the baby down and out. Sometimes, getting the baby into the pelvis is like fitting a key into a lock. You need to do a little jiggling. Rocking back and forth on your hands and knees may help to get the baby into position.
- Set the Scene
For most women, a dark and quiet environment is the ideal setting for labor, so ask your nurse or partner to dim the lights and minimize noise. Little touches make a difference: a favorite pillow, pair of socks or soothing scent.
- Bathe in Warm Water
The warmth and weightlessness of a bath can be soothing throughout your labor, so if you have access to a warm tub, take a dip. Be sure to get your doctor’s green light before doing so; there’s a risk of infection if your water has broken. If a bath isn’t possible, try taking a shower.
- Stay True to Yourself
People will give you tons of advice and suggestions. Some of them may be extremely helpful, but ultimately, no one knows what is right for your body better than you do.
Don’t feel pressured to do what someone says just because they seem like they know more than you. If something doesn’t feel good, stick to your guns.