It may seem like there is constant information coming at you about your upcoming delivery. Time may seem to move faster and faster as you prepare for the big day. You are likely filled with anxiety about what will happen when you go into labor. You may even have concerns about your doctor mishandling the delivery, or experiencing birth complications.
Take a deep breath. With the right tips and preparation, you can make your experience not only manageable, but even unforgettable. Here are some of the best tips to help you prepare for your delivery:
Take a Childbirth Class
Taking a class is incredibly helpful for preparation. Not only will a class help get you ready physically, but also mentally.
The better prepared that you are, the more empowered you’ll feel about what to expect. Arriving at the delivery room with no idea of what’s going to happen is terrifying. However, in a class, you’ll learn various pain coping and breathing techniques to see you through the process.
Since many birthing classes are offered free of charge by various organizations, they tend to fill up quickly. Be sure to sign up as early as possible so you can ensure a spot.
Consider Taking a Yoga Class
Yoga can be very beneficial for stress-coping. It strengthens your mind and body so that you can find peace during the chaos. When your system is trained to respond to stress with stamina and focus, you can overpower anything.
It’s easy to focus on everything that can go wrong; however, it’s not going to help anything. Focusing on the worst possible scenario will only intensify your pain and mental-blocks. Try to tune out your worries with distraction. Listen to some soothing music. Watch a soothing video which makes you feel calm. Shift your focus from negativity to positivity.
Consider a Doula
As much as your partner may want to be a loving and supportive resource during the birth, they’re not a professional. Research shows that births which are assisted by doulas result in a lower rate of emergency c-sections and other complications.
Not only are doulas a fantastic source for emotional support, but they are full of helpful information. If a doula fits into your budget, it’s certainly something you should explore with your partner.
After you’ve taken your birthing class and have read what to expect during labor, you should prepare yourself. Don’t arrive empty-handed or feeling less than ready. It’s worth asking friends and family if they have any tips for how to better be prepared.
Pack your hospital bag ahead of time, practice some labor positions, and bring a playlist. Do whatever it takes to make yourself feel ready. You’ll thank yourself for taking the time to prepare for your labor!