Hello Mamas.! We are going to talk about labor and delivery today. Boy, I have some good advice in store for you. I know as a pregnant woman or couple , you are thinking and hoping that your labor and delivery day be awesome, right? Well I am wishing that for you too. You just arrived at your ultimate guide for good advice related to labor and delivery, especially if you are a first time mom. I know the anxiety can be lurking around in your mind. And for some of you dads out there, I know you too may be worried about your partner ‘s labor day that is quickly pending.
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Life seems to be going extremely fast all the time, but things are really going slow in the delivery room. According to a National Institutes of Health report, childbirth now takes 2.6 hours longer for first-time mothers than it did 50 years ago. Knowing how to make the difficult work of delivering a baby more enjoyable helps to make the extra time in the delivery room less uncomfortable and more enjoyable.(Promotional link)
1.Take some childbirth classes
Take a childbirth course and enroll as early as possible: Not only do classes fill up fast but prenatal classes let you share your experiences with other couples, while letting you get answers to all of your questions concerning labor, delivery, and caring for a newborn. Many first time moms-to-be can use these classes to their advantage. It an bring you confidence.
Graphic pictures, tragic stories, and words of discouragement (“You’ll never be able to get that beast out without a C-section!”), according to some childbirth educators, may influence your subconscious and build a mental block during labor.
Negative thoughts make labor painful at best, and they can potentially make pain worse at worst.Mama this is important for your mental comfort.
Preparation matters. Preparing your mind both physically and mentally are great ways to experience a wonderful labor and delivery. Practicing squatting is known to increase your pelvic opening by 28 %! Waiting a few days before your labor day will not really help you or do very much. Practice early during the second trimester.
4. Get your support team together
This person can be anyone you are comfortable around — your partner, a friend, or a relative. Choose someone who will be supportive and encouraging. Your support person must be the same person throughout the birthing experience. In other words, your support person cannot be your spouse for a few hours, then your mother, and then your sister. You must make a choice who is available and willing to go the whole nine yards.
5. Learn skills that will help you during labor
I highly recommend you learn how to help yourself during labor. You can go to this link and learn some easy techniques here. Knowing that appropriate pain relief options are available will help you relax. Discuss medicine and other options with your doctor ahead of time, and write down your plans in your birth plan. (Promotional link)
6.Visit your labor and delivery hospital
Studies have proven that women who view their maternity suites have a better birth experience than mothers who did not. This is gives you an opportunity to meet the staff and get a feel of the environment you will be entering for birth.
7. Change positions regularly
Changing your positions early in labor can help you to deliver smoothly and easy. Position changes and gravity work together to allow baby to have a smooth transition. Standing, walking, kneeling, slow dancing, sitting, and squatting are all upright positions that allow gravity to assist in moving the baby down and out. “Getting the baby into the pelvis can be like trying to put a key into a lock,” says Hartley. “A little jiggling is needed.” On your hands and knees, rocking back and forth can assist in getting the baby into place.
8. Have your hospital bag prepared early
I would recommend you have your hospital bag packed by 27-34 weeks of pregnancy. You should not wait for labor to begin shopping for your little star. Here is how your list should look:
- Going home outfit for your baby. Your baby will be swaddled and diapered during the hospital stay, but most parents want a photo-worthy outfit for the big trip home.
- Snacks for your partner / your support person. The hospital has a cafeteria (open during the day) and vending machines, but your partner may want to consider anything special they want. Sometimes light snacks are okay in early labor, but we recommend against eating in active labor for safety reasons (and you usually won’t feel like it!).
- Phone charger. Family and friends will want frequent updates and you will fill up your camera roll quickly. Also make sure minutes are on your phone.
- Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, hair brush, deodorant. While we have these things at the hospital, you’ll probably prefer your own.
- Comfortable clothes for you. Slippers, socks, or flip-flops.
- Mamas do not forget your baby’s car seater– Some hospitals do not allow you to take baby home without it.
- Robe and/or nightgown. If you plan to breastfeed, choose a nightgown that opens in the front (although the hospital ones are great for this!)
- Clothes to wear home. Comfortable maternity clothes are usually your best bet. Include a nursing bra if you plan on breastfeeding.
9. Keep your labor environment inviting
Keeping your labor environment warm and inviting really add value to your labor experience. If you want the lights dimmed, ask for them to be lowered. If you want music, ask. You can also before your labor day, find out from the labor ward what is expected of you to bring for labor. if you want your position changed, hooked up to the machines ask your provider. Give your room your personal touch. Bring special pictures, or pillows to have visible in your room.
10. Ask questions
During labor it is very important to ask questions to the health care team. If you do not understand a procedure or what is happening during labor, you can simply ask. Getting the answers you need, also helps you to relax.
11. Pray with hope
Jesus came that you may have life and have it more abundantly. Jesus came so that we may have hope in this life. His spirit is waiting for us to come and ask. Pray with hope knowing that God will help you get through every dark situation. Talk with Him during your labor and watch Him deliver you. (Promotional link).
12.Let your partner or nurse pamper you with a massage
This can be so good for you. Now no one knows how you will react during labor. Not even you! I have nursed many women who did not want to be touched during labor. Contrariwise, I have nursed lots of women who love to have their lower sacral region massaged. So give it a try Mama!
Labor can certainly be hard to think about because we have heard so many negative experiences. I encourage you to avoid negative persons talking to you about their horror stories. My labor experience was a great one. I had good nurses, doctor and most of all I had God with me the whole time. I trust that you have a wonderful labor and delivery. Thanks for stopping by today and do come again. Feel free to comment, like or ask a question and share.
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