“All natural birth has a purpose and a plan; who would think about tearing open the chrysalis as the butterfly is emerging? Who would break the shell to pull the chick out?” says author Marie Mongon in her book, Hypnobirthing.
No wonder natural birthing is the preferred choice for pregnant women. In general, it implies a non-medicated birth where the natural process of labour and birth take place, without any intervention.
Here are ten tips to help you prepare for natural childbirth in that crucial third trimester:
There are plenty of books and resources available on natural birthing. Take out time to read books that promote natural birthing and stories about positive experiences.
Take Birthing Classes
Enrolling yourself for prenatal birthing lessons might be a good idea while preparing for natural birth. These classes help teach you more about labour and birthing methods. They also teach natural labour pain management techniques such as breathing, self-hypnosis, relaxation and other anxiety-reducing coping mechanisms.
Prepare yourself for natural birth by eating right throughout your pregnancy. Healthy eating habits help expectant mothers to have a sound mind and body. Include lots of greens, whole grains, vegetables and fruits in recommended portions. And don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated!
While pregnant mothers will gain some weight during pregnancy, it is important to keep a track of it. Your pelvic muscles need space to contract and relax to aid natural childbirth, and excessive weight gain hampers this process. Stay active during the first two trimesters to retain your pre-pregnancy mobility. Speak to your doctor about exercises that are safe for you and your baby. Know how much weight gain is healthy here.
Prepare for labour
Natural childbirth can be a wonderful, empowering experience when you prepare yourself for it. Breathe, relax, move around and change positions – do anything that makes you feel comfortable. Trust your body and instincts while you’re at it. Get a massage, listen to music or suck ice-cubes to calm yourself. You can also try different labour positions that best suit you and your baby.
Find a care provider that you trust
When you select a doctor, make sure you communicate your wish for a natural birth with them. Your doctor must be able to put you at ease and respect your wishes. Remember that you have no obligation to any particular doctor, so don’t be afraid to change your obstetrician if you don’t find any connect. A good doctor-patient relation helps ease the process of labour significantly. At KIMS Cuddles, we put your needs first.
Choose an environment where you feel safe
You know yourself better than anyone else. While choosing an environment for natural birth, consider where you would feel the safest and most comfortable in. The team of doctors at KIMS Cuddles strive to provide you a trustworthy birthing environment. Surround yourself with positive people who will support you through your birthing journey.
Leave it on gravity
When in labour, it might be a good idea to walk around to aid the process of natural birthing. Staying in upright position makes the baby’s head press on the cervix and helps it to dilate. Movement allows your pelvis to get wider and allows baby’s head to pass through, naturally.
Ask to stay drug-free if possible
Talk to your doctors about your opinion on the use of epidural and interventions. Know your options and allow yourself plenty of time to prepare before the delivery date. Once your doctors know about your preference, trust their opinion. At KIMS Cuddles, know that you are in safe hands.
Let the baby take his/her time
Unless your medical condition warrants induction, don’t rush into labour. Spontaneous labour is usually quicker than induction, and also easier to handle. So relax and let the baby come when it wants.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be treated as medical advice under any circumstances.