It is apparent that a normal vaginal delivery is the best way to give birth, both for the mother and child. And if you are hoping to go natural, you should follow these tips
1. Stay away from stress:
It is normal to feel stressful during pregnancy. But try to stay away from stress, anxiety, and random thoughts, because negative emotions can turn the process of childbirth into a nightmare.
Try any form of meditation that helps you feel comfortable.Read books, listen to music, and involve in visualization techniques.Remain in the company of good and friendly people.Stay away from people and situations that make you feel uncomfortable or negative.
2. Stay positive and refrain from negative birth stories:
You may come across both easy and difficult childbirth stories. Listening to negative stories would make you more nervous and anxious, and may result in a panic-attack.
If a fellow-mother happens to share her nightmare of childbirth, just walk away from her.Say no to gossips.Remember that not everyone has the same story of labor. Just because your friend had an unfortunate delivery does not mean you will have one.
3. Acquire knowledge about birthing:
Knowledge is power. Acquire as much knowledge as possible about labor and the delivery process.
Get all your doubts about pregnancy and childbirth cleared by your doctor.Read books about childbirth.Talk to your mother or other elderly women in the family who can help you with their experience.Grab information on natural management techniques such as relaxation, breathing, and coping techniques.Enroll in prenatal classes.
However, do not be overwhelmed. Sometimes, too much information can also be a problem. When the time is right, the medical professional will help you get through the situation.
4. Build a strong support system:
Have enough emotional support. Have your partner, mother and close friends around so that they are there to boost your confidence and allay your fears about normal delivery.
Make sure you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to childbirth.Your family will stand by your side, but if you have any different views or ideas about pregnancy, do share them with them and come to a consensus.Having a support system can help take away a lot of the stress involved with.
5. Choose your doctor wisely:
It is a sad fact that many doctors look for convenience and hurry mothers into a C-section. So, it is important to choose a doctor who’ll consider a C-section as a last resort and deliver your baby wisely.
Make sure your doctor and the clinic have a good rate of normal delivery.Talk to your doctor about their views on normal delivery.If you feel that your doctor may not respect your wish of having a normal delivery, look for another doctor.
6. Hire an experienced doula:
If you can find an experienced doula to help with your childbirth, that’s half the battle won!
An experienced doula can be invaluable during labor and delivery.She can help you stay calm and be your advocate during labor.Post birth, she helps you breastfeed the baby.
7. Regular perineal massages can help your body get ready for a normal delivery.
You can start doing perineal massage once you enter the seventh month.It helps you deal with labor and manage stress too.All you have to do is hook your thumb inside and gently pull the lower part of the vagina outward and forward
8. Stay hydrated:
Water is vital for your health, more so now that you are pregnant.
Labor is hard to the body, and you’ll need extra water to stay hydrated. Your body gets a lot of stamina and energy with water and you are less likely in need of intravenous fluids.You can also stock up on some fresh juices or healthy energy drinks to get your daily quota of fluids. This is one of the best tips to have a normal delivery.
9. Use water:
Apart from drinking water, you can also use it to make the labor process easier.
Hydrotherapy can help beat stress, and reduce discomfort and pain during labor.Fill the bathtub with water and soak in it for relief. Also showers, birthing pools, and hot compresses help ease pain and offer relaxation.Keep the temperature of the water normal to avoid any harm to your unborn baby.
10. Try the ice game:
If you want to know how best to cope with the birthing process, try the ice game that requires your partner’s participation too.
Take turns to hold an ice cube in your hand for 60 seconds.The first time around, you can try holding the ice cube while talking to each other.Next, try holding the ice cube while walking around.Finally, hold the ice cube in complete silence for 60 seconds.It is a great way to gauge how long you can take the pain and cope with labor pain.
11. Keep a watch on your postures:
Keep your body aligned so that the baby can glide smoothly. Standing and sitting for extended periods, sleeping in awkward positions, wearing high heels and tight belts could misalign your body.
Sit with a proper support to your back. There would be added pressure on your spine during pregnancy and mishandling your body can only increase the pain.Sit with folded or stretched out legs as hanging them for too long can lead to swelling.Do not slouch when sitting or bend to lift things. Do not rush down or up the stairs.
12. Try not to put on excess weight:
Yes, it is important to achieve a decent amount of weight during pregnancy, but you don’t need to pile on the pounds. Overweight women can have problems during labor and may end up with a C-section.
Obesity can make it difficult to monitor the baby during labor, making normal delivery difficult.If you are obese, your baby could be bio, making it difficult for the baby to come out