Have you ever been in a group of woman where one is pregnant? Before you can blink your eyes, all the moms will start sharing their stories, offer opinions and advice. Even though some first time moms spend endless hours reading much about labor and delivery, no one can predict your personal experience.
Not a sole can forecast when labor will begin, how long, or what complications may arise. But some things about birth are constant and talking to moms with experience can help you find the concentration you need.
Staying calm is the number one rule. Panicking is not an option. Having a supportive coach or midwife can be very helpful. It’s soothing to be able to lean on someone you trust.
Music can help relax you during labor. A device on hand with stored music variations can help cope with the different stages of labor. During contractions it’s recommend that you sleep or rest if you can.
Create your safe haven. If having your hair touched or your arms stroked soothe you, ask your midwife, partner or friend to do so. Many women may experience the chills, so bring warm socks, a sweater or your favorite blanket.
Breathe. Some moms focus on Lamaze techniques or meditation to get them through the toughest parts of labor, while others will opt for an epidural. But if you expected a stress-free, natural birth and you end up with a 30 hour marathon, you might need a little extra help.
Expect the unexpected. Every mom-to-be has their labor wish list. Labor is not a day at the beach that’s why they call it labor. Plan ahead, not just for your baby but yourself. Motherhood is selfless so be sure to start taking care of your basic needs now. Healthy mom means healthy baby!
Be sure to click on Lluvy Gomez’ experience during her pregnancy, labor and delivery!