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Preparing for Childbirth: Top 6 Things You Should Do
Without a doubt, pregnancy is equally exciting and scary. That much is true for both first-time parents and veteran moms. The journey from carrying a child in your womb for nine months and then go through hours of exhausting and painful labor is not an easy task at all.
Which is why it would go a long way if expecting parents would take advantage of those months to prepare for labor and delivery. If you're one of the many who doesn't know where the preparation begins, here are some tips that might help you.
1. Start doing your own research
Knowledge is always power. Giving birth to a child is going to be a huge milestone for you, therefore, it's important to do your homework before anything else. This will help you know how and where to start in preparing for childbirth.
The internet is an endless library of information where you can check out everything you need to know about dealing with your pregnancy and preparing for childbirth. Although, you have to make sure to go to reliable resources to get the most accurate information as possible.
2. Sign up for a childbirth class
Attending a course to prepare you for giving birth to your baby will surely help you and your partner in so many ways. This is where you would learn techniques and best practices once you're going into labor.
Although it's not compulsory to sign up for these classes, this is a perfect opportunity for you to raise your concerns with these experts. You definitely don't want to face and endure labor without having any idea of what do or what's going to happen in the process.
Keep in mind, that childbirth classes easily gets filled up fast. Therefore, make it a point to enroll as early as you can. Experts would advise that the best time to sign up is as early as your second trimester.
3. Make time for exercise
Making time for exercise during your pregnancy will help your body prepare and train for labor and delivery. Make it a point to spare at least 30 minutes to exercise every day.
Exercising during your pregnancy doesn't mean you have to go to extreme lengths. Your exercise regimen can be as simple as walking or stretching. These more than enough in a day.
4. Experience the benefits of prenatal yoga
Some expecting mothers also sign up for or have their own prenatal yoga practice. Other than preparing your body for labor one pose after another, it can also provide the avenue for the mother to connect with her baby while he or she is growing inside.
Through prenatal yoga, the body will gear up for childbirth through strengthening major muscles and helps reduce pregnancy pain. Not only that, it helps maintain not just a sound mind but a sound body.
5. Learn some childbirth techniques
Expecting mothers should make sure that they learn a number of techniques that will help them make childbirth a lot easier to manage. Most of these techniques may be taught during childbirth classes or from the advice of a professional.
There are definitely some techniques that will help you manage and alleviate the pain you will feel during labor and delivery. Other than that, learning some breathing techniques and certain labor positions may come in handy once it's time to push your baby out.
6. Get everything ready
Of course, no preparation would be complete without preparing everything you will possibly need when it's time to go through labor. Weeks before your expected date, make sure your baby bag is ready and filled with all the essentials that might be needed.
In the end, preparing yourself, your partner, and your family for your labor and delivery should definitely be a team effort. Remember that with the support of your loved ones, you'd feel comfort in knowing that you are not alone and that they're all surely ready to meet the newest addition to the family!