No one will tell you it is easy, and you have the right to feel nervous. But giving birth can be magical, and it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Giving birth is something natural and special, you are bringing a new life to this world.
To help you ease the stress we’ve gathered advice from mums that have gone through it before.
1. Prepare Your Mind
First of all, you need to prepare your mind, and that means that you shouldn’t listen and think about the bad stories that you’ve heard about labor. This is maybe difficult if this is your first time, or if you previously had a bad experience. But remember if you think positively there is a big chance that the outcome will be positive.
2. Prepare Your Body
You need to prepare your body because labor often requires a lot of strength. And the best way to prepare your body is during your pregnancy, exercise, go to antenatal exercise classes, go to pregnancy yoga classes. Find what suits you the best and do it. Most of these exercises will prepare your body for labor, they will keep you fit even in pregnancy and they will even get your baby in a good position for birth. And if you don’t have the time for classes you can exercise at home, or walk every day.
3. Learn More About the Birth
Educate yourself about labor, but do it only from respectable sources. You don’t want to read every forum and every story, because they can stress you out. Remember that every woman is different, and every labor is different. Don’t get yourself down if you come across a bad story, remember that everything will be okay. And if you want to learn more about giving birth, and the signs about labor being one or two days away visit YourDoctorsOnline.
4. Make Your Birth Plan
It is very important to make your birth plan. This way you all of your wishes regarding your labor will be known. It is good to have a birth plan because once you move to active labor you probably won’t be able to talk and explain about your decisions and your choices, or you just may not want to talk about it at that moment.
5. Practise Relaxation Techniques
One thing that comes in handy once you go into active labor is the techniques that will help you to relax and be calm. You need to practice these techniques during your pregnancy and once you learn them they will be very helpful for you once your labor starts. A great way to prepare yourself and to practice relaxation is by meditation. Once everything starts you will be able to use the techniques that you’ve learned, to calm yourself and stabilize your breathing for example.
And the most important thing that you need to know is that everything is individual, and every story is different. Just stay positive and everything will be okay.