Preparing for Labor and Childbirth

Preparing for Labor and Childbirth

Preparing for Labor and Childbirth

Childbirth may be the most challenging thing mothers go through. According to a study done by the National Institute of Health, first-time moms now take more than two hours longer than they did half a century ago. Those who have never had this experience do not know what to expect.  However, with the right medical assistance and preparation, the process is manageable and goes on smoothly. Dekalb Women’s Specialists offer obstetrical care to make sure you have the best experience. Here are some tips to prepare for childbirth:

  1.     Join a class

It is good to enroll early and start learning. Qualified labor nurses usually teach the classes.  Ask questions about the cesarean section procedure and get to know different ways of pain management available. Get information on the choices at your disposal during childbirth. This is necessary to equip you with a general idea when you get to the hospital on the delivery day.

  1.     Yoga

Yoga exercises prepare you for different positions. You will be comfortable with kneeling, squatting, standing, and the pelvis will be loose for easy opening during childbirth. Yoga also helps you learn how to focus on breathing and staying relaxed.

  1.     Massage

Muscles that have been exposed to massage will relax faster, making contractions a bit more comfortable. The massage will also be beneficial throughout the process of delivery. If present at the time of birth, the partner is encouraged to gently stroke the woman to release oxytocin and promote the process.

  1.     Choose the doctor and care team

Research has shown that having a team you trust and are comfortable around leads to more satisfying outcomes. You can choose to work with a midwife for more personalized care. Getting the right doctor early enough is necessary to create an established relationship.

  1.     Purpose to move every day 

Simple exercises reduce weight gain, improve sleep, and decrease anxiety during pregnancy. Do not overwork yourself. Half an hour of walking per day is enough to release stress and reduce the chances of complications during childbirth.

  1.     Be prepared mentally

Start working on your fears as early as possible. Waiting until it is too late only increases the probability of prenatal and postpartum depression. There are some apps developed to help calm and relax. Take a few minutes to try an activity daily.

  1.     Make a flexible birth plan.  

Find out your preferences during the labor process and make a plan. Be sure to keep it simple and open to change. It should include the type of support you need inside the room, whether you want pain-relieving drugs, and the breastfeeding plan. Prepare for what is to come after delivery.

  1.     Be true to yourself

People will try to give you different suggestions, but it is all about you in the end. Listen, but you do not have to go along with all of them.

If you are expecting a child and need support throughout your pregnancy, call and book an appointment with an office near you. Dekalb Women’s Specialists will offer care before, during, and after childbirth. You can now look forward to holding your newborn baby.

George Abbot

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