Preparing for Birth Physically, Emotionally, Mentally, and Spiritually
One of the best things a pregnant woman can do for herself is to prepare physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually for the birth experience. Giving birth can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in a woman's life as long as she is properly prepared. Unfortunately, many women are simply unaware that they need to prepare for birth at all, and they leave the entire process up to their doctors rather than their own bodies. This approach results in needless medical interventions, prolonged labors, and difficult recoveries, to say the least!
If you want to avoid these negative aspects of the birth process as much as possible, one of the best things you can do is to take specific, simple steps to prepare yourself for the birth process on every possible level. According to the book Healing Our Children, which is full of practical advice for pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, and parenting, here are several things you can do throughout pregnancy in order to prepare for a happy, healthy, easy birth.
These are the most important preparations you can make for birth, since they get your body into the right shape to have a baby easily and quickly. The most important thing you can do to prepare for birth physically is to eat a healthy preconception and pregnancy diet, which will store valuable nutrients in your body and will get your glands into proper working order so that they can produce the right hormones at the right times during birth.
Besides eating the healthiest pregnancy diet recommended by Healing Our Children, there are other things you can do during pregnancy to prepare for birth. Doing Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor will make it easier to push the baby out, and practicing pelvic tilts and inversion can help get your baby in the proper head-down position, which makes for a much easier birth process. Also, you can practice yoga and squats to help stretch and strengthen the rest of the muscles of your lower body. This can have a couple of effects. For one thing, it will make sure you are in good shape to move around and try different positions during labor, which is one of the best ways to move labor along and keep the baby in a good birthing position. For another, it will strengthen the muscles you need to use to push the baby out, which will make the second stage of labor move more quickly.
For many women, there is some fear or apprehension involved with the birthing process. While this is normal, it need not be the case with you! Taking some time to feel emotionally prepared for birth can make you perceive less pain during the process, since fear increases pain, and it can make the entire process move more quickly and smoothly.
The best way to prepare yourself emotionally for birth is to find a birth care provider you are comfortable with and to figure out what extra support you'll need during the process. You can also journal or talk about your personal fears in order to bring them to light and let go of them during pregnancy. To ease your fears, you need to learn as much as you can about the birthing process, which can help it seem more normal and doable and less frightening.
Mental visualizations can be a helpful way to prepare for birth, as they can help you learn more about healthy birth practices. One good mental exercise is to do lots of research about what a healthy birth looks like. Reading other women's natural birth stories can be particularly helpful! You may also want to learn about different healthy birth practices, such as changing positions, using aromatherapy, or laboring and giving birth in a tub of water. Once you have done lots of research, it may help to write out your ideal birth plan, so that you, your partner, and your care providers are on the same page about how you would prefer for your birth process to be handled.
Of course, it's also helpful to understand what possible complications could come up during pregnancy or birth. While you don't want to dwell on the complications too much, knowing about them and understanding the language your care provider may use about them is quite helpful. Also, it's a good idea to read up on different ways to deal with complications and to come up with a "plan B" so that you are prepared to make decisions about potential complications during labor and delivery.
Women who have natural births often describe them as intensely spiritual experiences. Working on your spirituality during pregnancy can help your birth have this same aspect. During pregnancy, pray for help and guidance, and read spiritual texts or have spiritual conversations to prepare yourself to receive the wisdom that your birth experience will have to offer you.
For more information on how you can specifically prepare yourself for pregnancy on these four different planes of your being, check out Healing Our Children. It is full of information for preconception, pregnancy, and childbirth that can help you get ready to have a happy, healthy birth experience and baby.
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