If you’re pregnant or looking to get pregnant soon…you may want to consider giving birth the old school way….no drugs, no needles…just au natural!
If you are, here are seven tips to guide you through:
1. Get a solid prenatal education. Check out some classes that you can attend that include how labour and birth work and natural labour management techniques such as breathing, self-hypnosis, relaxation and other coping mechanisms. Do a quick online search of independent educators in your area and find a class that fits your needs.
2. Pick a health care provider who’s into natural birth. The last thing you need is someone trying to persuade you to do something you’re not into. If you want a natural birth, find someone that knows what they’re doing when it comes to that. You want to be on the same page with your health care professionals, including your labour nurse!
3. Don’t gain too much weight. Labour is just easier for women who aren’t overweight. They have fewer complications and require fewer medical interventions. I’m not saying don’t indulge in those cravings but just take it easy! Calculate your BMI aka your body mass index online throughout your pregnancy to make sure you’re gaining healthy weight!
4. Go for a low-intervention pregnancy. What we mean is…if you don’t actually have any particular health problems, just opt for fewer rather than more tests and treatments during your pregnancy. Some tests are super important but many are optional. When tests or procedures are recommended, just ask why you need it, if it will change or improve your healthy or if you’d be fine without it.
5. Spend early labour at home. You can do anything you want at home!…you can move around, get in the tub, eat and drink and go for walks. When your contractions are consistently less than five minutes apart and getting stronger for at least a couple hours no matter what you do, then you can check in with your doctor.
6. Use water. A shower, bathtub, birthing pool and hot compresses are all helpful with easing pain and helping you relax. Spend as much time as you can in water!
7. Use your prenatal education. Remember when I told you to take classes? Well they come in handy now. Breath, meditate, relax, move, change positions, get a massage, listen to music…do whatever you need to to relax!