Preparing For Your First Childbirth: Tips For New Moms
First-time moms often feel a lot of apprehension about the approaching delivery process. Labor can be a scary thing. The good news is that there are ways to help you address those fears before the baby comes to make your entire childbirth process easier to handle. Here are some tips that you can use now to start preparing both your mind and your body for your upcoming birth.
The More You Know
One of the most powerful messages about childbirth preparation is that the things you fear the most are the ones you don't know. For first-time moms, not knowing what to expect of the delivery fuels a lot of those fears. You can ease many of those issues simply by taking a childbirth class so that you can explore all of the options available to you as well as learn about what will happen.
When you know not only what to expect of labor and delivery but also what your options are throughout the process, you can feel more in control of your situation. You'll be better prepared for each stage.
Many childbirth classes will even show a full labor and delivery video so that new parents can see exactly what they will be experiencing. This makes it easier for you to envision your own choices and the process that you'll go through.
You Need Support
Another thing to consider when you're preparing for your child's birth is what kind of support system you'll have in the delivery room. It's common for close family members to expect that they'll be present in the delivery room. Remember that this is your birth process, so it's up to you who is there. You want people in the room who will be supportive, understanding, and compassionate. You also need to be completely comfortable with whoever you choose to have with you. Don't be afraid to limit it to just your partner if that's all you are comfortable with.
You Can Help Your Body Along
The human body naturally adapts as it prepares for childbirth, and there are some things that happen to make the process easier. However, that doesn't mean that there's nothing more you can do to help get your body ready for this event.
In addition to the pelvic floor exercises your OBGYN will recommend for you, there are other things you can do as well. For example, you can help enhance your lower-body flexibility by sitting on the floor with your back straight against the wall. Place your feet so that the soles are touching, then put your hands on your knees. Gently push one knee toward the floor until you feel it pull on the muscle in your inner thigh. Hold it for a few seconds, then release. Do this ten or more times per leg, once or twice a day to help stretch those muscles and improve your flexibility. Squats are another great way to help tone your legs and prepare for the delivery.