The birth of your baby should be one of the most memorable, life-changing and joyful experiences of your life. The key to having a smooth delivery is the preparation! Try our suggestions to make your labor and delivery experience safe, comfortable and positive.
Exercise Regularly: Child birthing requires a lot of strength. So it is good to build up strength before the delivery. So as long as your doctor approves, you should try to do some form of exercise on most, if not all, days of the week. Great exercises for pregnant women include swimming, walking and pre-natal yoga.
Make a Birth Plan: A birth plan details what you want and how you want things to go in the delivery room. You will want to spend time thinking through the details of your hopes and desires for this special event. Starting with a journal, write down as many thoughts and plans for the upcoming birth as you can. Your journal will help you establish priorities and provide a list of ideas to help you create a birth plan.
Discuss your options with your doctor so that he or she can understand the direction you want to take. Try to remain reasonably flexible in your desires because things don’t always go according to plan. Remember that the important thing is the safe birth of your little bundle of joy.
Know what to expect by attending a prenatal class: Taking a course is not a requirement; you’ll get to give birth no matter what. But remember that they call it childbirth preparation for a reason. Information is empowering, and what you don’t know can scare you more than it should.
Attend a prenatal class where you will be helped out with any problems that might come during childbirth and how would you handle it. Also, you will learn some exercises and actions that will help you to have an easy, less painful and fast childbirth.
Breath and Stay Focused: During your pregnancy, you should take the time to learn and practice various breathing techniques so you’re prepared when labor begins. (It’s one of the many important topics covered in birth class!) The key is to find breathing patterns that calm you down, keep you focused and give you a feeling of control. Staying focused, especially when the contraction become more intense and it comes time to push, could help you handle the pain better and be more productive.
If you are expecting or you’re planning on having a child soon and would like more information, contact Timpanogos Regional Hospital.