Although some women will certainly look forward to the actual birth of their baby, for most, it’s a part of motherhood that they dread, at least to some extent. However, the result – the baby itself – is worth all the pain, and it’s important to keep that in mind through your labor.
It’s also a good idea to prepare for the birth as much as you can ahead of time. The more you know, the less frightening the experience will be, and the more easily you’ll be able to settle into being a new parent. Here are some of the ways you can prepare for the birth of your baby.
Know What You Want
One of the most concerning parts of giving birth is the idea that you won’t be in control. It’s true that your body will be working on instinct for the most part, but that doesn’t mean you’ll understand what’s happening, and it doesn’t mean that you can be less stressed.
By knowing what you want, you can keep some control. Make a birth plan that details exactly what it is you need from your doctor, midwife, and partner. Ensure they understand your choices so that, if need be, they can help you make them. When you are able to have some control in this way, you will be able to focus, and the entire process will be a much less frightening one.
One way to understand what you want is to ask questions ahead of time. From what you should eat to what drugs to take (or not) and even questions about having sex after birth, the more you know, the calmer and more in control you’ll be.
Prepare Your Body
Your body will know what to do when it comes to giving birth, and it’s crucial that you follow what it’s telling you. However, just because it knows what to do doesn’t mean it will be efficient in doing those things; sometimes it needs some help, and that’s where proper preparation will come in.
Make sure you eat and drink properly. Not only is this good for the baby, but it will help you when it comes to strength and stamina during the birthing process. If you get tired, this can lengthen the time it takes to give birth, and that will be traumatic for you and potentially for the baby too. You can also ensure you do exercises throughout your pregnancy. Make sure they are gentle ones designed for pregnant women, and you’ll find your strength and fitness are improved to a point where labor is easier to deal with.
Prepare Your Mind
Your body is one thing, and it’s crucial that you prepare that, but don’t forget to prepare your mind as well. The mind is hugely influential, dictating pretty much everything we do, so it’s vital we take care of it. You might not even realize that your thoughts are having an impact on your current life, but they will be; if you’ve heard a story about a bad birth, which will influence you in many different ways, often without you knowing it.
In this way, it’s important that you think about the positive rather than the negative. If you can do this, the positive is what will stick with you, and it’s what will guide you. This will make the experience of giving birth a lot easier to deal with; you’re already going through a lot, so don’t add to it with frightening and negative thoughts, as this will make a difference to your experience, and it won’t be a good one.