Being pregnant is a huge change for any woman; that is why it is important to prepare for the process of giving birth to your precious little one. But how do you prepare for it? Here are some tips.
This is essential, especially for first-time mothers. You need to get as much support as you can get, and what could be the best source but a group of other pregnant women. These classes will also help you learn the stages of labour so that you know exactly what to expect during this stage. Ask a lot of questions during these classes. No question is a stupid one, so don’t be afraid.
Find strength and focus
Yoga and meditation can really help you survive the pregnancy as well as prepare you for the much-awaited labour. It also helps to strengthen the whole body, enhance your flexibility and improve your stamina. Also, yoga and meditation can help you relax your mind and leave your mind free from birthing worries.
Read and research
Reading and researching will help you understand what exactly is going on and what else will happen to your body during labour. Innocence can build up fear and fear can increase the level of your stress hormones thus resulting in pain.
Seek your doctor’s advice
Make sure that you don’t miss any of your appointments with your OB-Gyn, who can arrange a private ultrasound scan in London if necessary, to ensure that your little sunshine is in the right position and is prepared to meet the world. Also, ask about certain things that still might confuse you.
You may also want to start looking around for a paediatrician for your baby. Ask about the best paediatrician near you during your classes or you can also ask friends or family members who already have kids.
Learn some tricks
Labour can be painful. So you may want to learn some tricks that can help reduce the pain. You may want to try self-hypnosis, changing position and different methods of breathing.
Get up and walk around
Upright positions pull your baby down and out. It will help the baby position its head on the pelvis. Walk, kneel and dance, those little movements can help.
Pack your bag
You don’t want to worry about the essential things that you and your baby might need during the birth. Prepare your birthing bag beforehand. Create a packing list for the hospital to ensure that you won’t be missing anything.
Talk to your partner
The best source of support is from your partner. You have to make sure that the two of you are on the same page during and after you give birth. Talk about dividing baby chores and household duties. Discuss the name of the baby and other important decisions.
Giving birth is painful but it is worth the pain. The joy of having a new member of the family cannot be measured by anything. So don’t worry too much, prepare well because the best part of your life is about to happen.