Having a baby is a major life change, and it might be hard to know where to begin. There's a lot to think about, but preparing for parenthood can help you make the transition go more smoothly.
Although your body naturally prepares for labor on its own, there are some things you can do to assist relieve tension. Here are a few tips to help get you started.
Take birthing classes. Birthing lessons can answer a lot of your concerns about what will occur during childbirth and delivery. You'll learn how to deal with contractions and maintain control, as well as practice these methods so you're prepared for delivery when you go into labor. Most women bring their birth support person with them to sessions so they may practice breathing and relaxation techniques.
The objective should be to get a firm grasp on the fundamentals of the labor process, such as when it's time to go to the hospital or birth center.
Be patient with your body during pregnancy. You'll likely feel very tired throughout your pregnancy, so don't overexert yourself. Rest whenever possible to conserve energy for labor and childbirth. If you can fix a nutritious meal or two each day, that will give you more energy as well.
Avoid common triggers that can cause your blood pressure to rise during pregnancy, such as emotional stress and narcotics. This will minimize the risk of having a difficult childbirth and you'll be able to deliver without complication or medication for pain.
Learn partner-coached birth so you know how to guide your birth partner through each step of labor and delivery. Your birth partner will want to be involved in the birth, otherwise they will feel left out and helpless. The more you practice with your birth partner now, the better prepared you'll be to face labor naturally together.
Surround yourself with positive childbirth messages so that it's the only message that you internalize during pregnancy. Don't listen to people who talk about pain or c-sections.
The birth process is both exciting and unpredictable. It may be messy, time-consuming, and traumatic. Having the support of people you can trust and feel at ease around is critical to getting the best results.
Attend breastfeeding classes. If you've never breastfed before, taking nursing courses is an essential component of getting ready for a kid. These sessions cover everything from good latch to how to hold your baby while feeding and when your infant is full.
You might get breastfeeding education through your hospital or local support group. Taking a breastfeeding class will also allow you to meet a lactation consultant who can assist you after delivery.
There are many things you can do to help prepare for a quick, painless, and pleasurable childbirth experience. Knowledge and preparation are of course powerful. And having some degree of control over the modifications taking place in your body (and really, your life) may be quite reassuring.
Make it a habit to walk every day. Moderate physical activity can help you feel your best throughout your pregnancy and delivery. You'll sleep more soundly, be less anxious, and gain less weight.
By: April Carson