Recently I got a great question from a reader and I thought my reply might be of interest to you!
The question: I’m 6 months pregnant. How do I prepare for birth?
1. Enroll in a pre-natal yoga class if you can. If not start doing some gentle exercise
like walking daily, swimming, and talk to your doctor about exercise too. Exercise builds stamina and endurance.
2. Mind your posture. As your pregnancy progresses, avoid “slumping” backwards on chairs or on couches. Sitting backwards doesn’t help baby get into position for birth because gravity is not being used. Sit forward.
Start a relaxation program and do it daily.
Go to the “Free Online Childbirth Class” and there is a whole section on relaxation.
You want to “train” yourself to be calm. respond to situations rather than emotionally reacting to them, and you want your body to be a calm state as much as possible for birth. This is because when you are stressed or upset hormones are released in your body and can make the process of birth more challenging. Negative thoughts can trigger the stress response. Learning meditation is an excellent method to use during pregnancy and birth, so is hypnosis.
4. Enroll in a childbirth class
. Here you’ll learn breathing methods, positions for labor, and why movement is so important to do during labor. Smartbirth
is a great one
5. Ignore the rumors about “labor pain“. Labor discomfort is individual, subjective, and totally dependent on four things: individual pain tolerance, personal perception of pain, the amount of attention you give it, and your expectations.
6. Stop watching birthing TV shows and reading books on labor. Instead, read about child development, stages of cognitive development in children, and parenting books.
7. Celebrate yourself! You’re going to be a mom, and that’s pretty awesome
8. Have a third person with you besides your partner to help you through labor emotionally and physically.