Wednesday, 18 October 2017

How a Woman Can Use Pregnancy to Prepare Her Body for Birth

Giving birth is a significant physical and emotional event and requires the mother to be fully present. There are ways to prepare for the birth experience.
Giving birth to a baby is one of the most momentous events in a woman’s life. Through actively using the months of growth to prepare for birth, it can be a significant and even enjoyable experience for all involved. Birth is demanding on both the physical and emotional levels, and requires both the mother and father to be fully engaged.
Changing your perspective on birth has a great significance on how you prepare for the coming of your baby. Viewing labor and delivery as something similar to a marathon will give a helpful perspective to the months of preparation. Signing up for a marathon and then not working out or eating healthy wouldn’t produce a very good result on race day. A major athletic event requires preparation in both mind and body, and so it is with birth.
Ways For a Woman to Help Prepare for Birth
With the right preparation, a woman can take part in getting ready for her birth experience and have a say in how she will handle this significant event in her life. Being an active participant in her pregnancy will help a mother as she prepares to give birth. No matter what, Women Self Respect shouldn’t be hurt.
  • Communicate with spouse or birth partner: Both partners need to be on the same page about what you expect and desire during labor and delivery. Do you want to go for a natural and unmedicated birth? Or do you want to get the epidural as soon as possible? What ways are you preparing if your wishes, because of medical reasons, can’t happen? Your partner needs to be your advocate in labor and can only know how to do this through open communication.
  • Eat right: Healthy eating habits through pregnancy play a significant role in labor and delivery. Healthy nutrition should be a high priority for a pregnant woman. Eating a majority of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and proteins will help set a woman up for success in the marathon of labor. Staying hydrated and drinking water constantly also factors into good nutrition.
  • Exercise: As labor is compared to a major athletic event, you need to prepare your body for birth. Combined with healthy eating, exercise during pregnancy is one of the most important things a woman can do to prepare her body for labor. Even if it is simply walking, at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise several times a week will keep your body strong and ready for what is to come.
  • Pack a bag early: As much as you plan for your baby to come sometime around his due date, that fact is never guaranteed. He might come one week late, or the baby might decide to come four weeks early. Make sure a hospital bag is packed in case this situation arises. A packed hospital bag, a bassinet (or other area for the baby to sleep), and newborn diapers and onesies are wise to have on hand from about 34 weeks on; all other items can be dealt with once baby is home.
  • Believe in the power and ability of your body: One of the most important ways a woman can prepare for birth is in fine-tuning her mindset and beliefs about birth. Do not look on this event as one of fear and pain. Look towards labor and delivery as a life-changing event in your life, one in which your body has a natural and inherent ability to perform. You can do this, your body knows how to do this, and it can be a beautiful experience.
  • Kegels: Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles aids both in childbirth as well as in recovery afterwards. Kegels strengthen this area of the body and prepare it for the delivery of a baby.
  • Meditate: Meditation doesn’t need to look any more complicated than simply creating the opportunity for silence and rest in your life. Your body and emotions are undergoing a significant change during these nine months and sitting and allowing the space for relaxation is necessary during pregnancy. Use the quiet to dream about your baby, practice breathing techniques, or to simply rest from the demands of the day.
Actively Using Pregnancy to Prepare for Birth is Important

Giving birth is one of the most significant physical, emotional, and spiritual experiences a mother will go through. Using pregnancy to prepare mind and body for this event will allow birth to be a welcome event, not one to be feared. Communicating with your partner, exercising and eating right, and focusing your mindset on the natural ability of your body will all contribute to successful preparation for birth.