As you embark on the miraculous journey of motherhood, you are bound to experience some significant physiological and mental changes. From the first month of pregnancy till the time of delivery, you find yourself questioning how you will survive the labour pain and get along with living with another human in your lap.
There is so many little things that might make your life easier that you might have not thought about it, like to make your home more hygienic, you may like to have a hand dryer installed to baby-proof the apartment! There is so much on your plate that you often forget that you first have to get ready for the labour to make the birthing process smoother for yourself. Here is everything you need to know:
First time parents-to-be are often confused about how they will deal with the labour or what things they might need to take along. You might not be able to learn everything you need to know online. It is always a great idea to join a class where you can learn all about how to go through the birthing pains and how your partner can help to prepare you through this time. You get insight into breathing, pain relief and other helpful techniques that will ease the birthing process for you.
If you have anxiety about the labour and want to talk to someone about it, your doctor is the best person you should be sharing your concern with. They can better guide you about what you should be focusing on and how to prepare yourself to give birth. Ask questions about everything that confuses you. Keeping your medical history in mind, they can suggest exercises and foods that will help prepare your body to deliver the baby.
To bring another human into this world, you need to be stronger and have the energy to bear the labour pain, thus making the whole thing safe for yourself and the baby. Get your hands on the nutrients that are essential for a healthy pregnancy. The more healthy you are during the nine months, the more quickly you will deal with labour.
As new parents-to-be, we often Google to see how labour would be, seeing videos and listening to catastrophic birthing stories can work as mind blocks during labour. You will feel like the situation is way more painful than it actually is, thus, leading you to panic. It is suggested to keep yourself away from negativity. Being stressed can be damaging for both mental and physical health. Try to keep yourself as relaxed and calm as possible.
As you near the delivery date, you might not feel like doing anything. Even the simpler tasks will appear to be impossible. The truth is labour requires a lot of hard work. You need to maintain your working or moving stamina. Do what you enjoy doing, i.e. walking, swimming, yoga, etc. It will help you push when it is time to deliver the baby.
If you have your hospital bag prepared beforehand, consider half of your work done. A spare pair of clothes for you and the baby, comfortable shoes, sanitary pads, feeding accessories for the baby, a blanket, etc., and all the necessary and basic items you will need to facilitate the time of labour and your stay at the hospital.
To simply put, labour is a painful and challenging process to get through it safely; you need to prepare yourself ahead. The more authentic information you have regarding the process, the more seamless it will be for you. However, do not forget the fact that it will be all worth it when you wrap your arms around your baby for the first time!