The two words that women hate to hear but need to be told when their water breaks, “don’t panic.” If you psych yourself out, your chances of experiencing greater stress during labor is increased. Just remember three key words: mind over matter. When you are in that moment of shock and excitement remember these key instructions:
Relax. This is the moment you’ve been watching for. Take deep breaths in and out and try to calm your nerves. There’s no need to get yourself worked up and stress yourself out. Practice those relaxation techniques you learned from your birthing class and try to recall those breathing exercises you went over in your helpful birthing book.
Call for help
Calmly tell your partner the news. Chances are, they will be as excited and nervous as you are. Have them help you get up from your sitting and direct you to your method of transportation. Have your friends and family members on speed dial and be sure to contact your Doula if you are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety. Their expertise will provide you with the comfort needed to help you overcome this tension-high experience.
Get your belongings
This is the time to grab your hospital bag. This bag should contain all the necessary supplies needed during the labor/birthing experience. Be sure to pack this bag several weeks, if not months, in advance. Keep in mind that labor dates are not always accurate or predictable. It is always better to be prepared too early than too late.
Although you may find yourself feeling a little impatient in the hospital line, don’t panic. If you feel pain or pressure after your water breaks in your abdomen area, try switching your weight to a different part of your body. Talk to your loved ones for comfort and keep yourself side-tracked. If you need to, have a pregnancy playlist on hand in order to help you calm your nerves.
Mentally and emotionally prepare yourself. Now is the time for the big show! This is the moment you’ve been anticipating; this is where all that practice becomes play. Think positively and be ready and alert to consult with your doctor for further instructions.