Congratulations! You are about to become a mother, and you can’t wait for the big day when you will welcome your newborn into the world. However, as the big day draws near, your mind is preoccupied with various thoughts such as “How will my labor process be?” Am I prepared enough to go through labor and give birth successfully?” Will i be able to achieve a pain-free birth?”
Unfortunately, the truth is that there is little you can do about these things, and thinking about them will only escalate your fear and anxiety, which isn’t good for your birth. Luckily, a little bit of planning can go a long way in ensuring that you have a peaceful and stress-free delivery.
So, what are some of the things that you can do to prepare for a peaceful birth?
It is essential to take time and learn everything about the childbirth process so that you know all the possible scenarios that you may face in late pregnancy and childbirth. Understanding this process in detail gives you the confidence to be in control of everything that happens, which may lead to a positive birth experience.
Learn about the various ways of child delivery by watching YouTube videos of actual deliveries, including water birth, natural birth, pain-free birth, childbirth with an epidural and much more. However, you need to remember the fact that although births may seem horrifying and painful, the pain helps with pain management.
There is so much hype around meditation, and it is for a good reason. Various studies show that meditation and its many forms have a significant impact on the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of an individual.
Stress isn’t a good thing for our health, and being stressed during the prenatal period can be quite dangerous. Chronic stress is usually linked to preterm births and various hormonal issues. Therefore meditation is even more critical after 32 weeks of pregnancy when your body hormones start reaching your unborn baby.
Staying calms helps to limit the amount of hormone cortisol and other stress hormones that may make their way into the fetal environment. Meditation also helps to keep your blood pressure low hence reducing the risk of suffering from pregnancy-related complications.
The prospect of giving birth can sometimes be daunting, and it is natural that you want to do everything possible to ensure that you have a peaceful and pain-free birth. The only way to achieve this is to ensure that you are empowered and well prepared for the birthing experience.
Enroll for a birth class that will teach you the stages of labor, breathing techniques, options for pain management, and the equipment that may be used during delivery. Joining a birth class will prepare you physically, mentally, and emotionally for the upcoming childbirth.
You need to respect the body changes that occur during pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean that you forget everything about your exercise regime. It is always a good idea to maintain your body fitness throughout the pregnancy period.
This will help you combat stress, lower your risk of aches and pains, and make you feel better. Stick to simple exercises such as yoga and light walking. You should also ensure that you exercise mentally.
Use various visualization techniques to boost your confidence and positivity to help you prepare for your big day.
Expectant mothers desire privacy during childbirth, and they want to choose who will be present in the room during labor and birth. One of the most important members of your team is your birth partner.
Therefore, take time to decide who will be your birth partner and inform him/her early enough. Keep in mind that your birth partner should be willing to be there when you need him/her.
A birth partner can be your spouse, parent, brother, sister, or best friend. Give some thought to what you want before you choose your birth partner.