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15 Tips To Prepare Yourself For Labor: Prepare Your Mind, Soul And Body

15 Tips To Prepare Yourself For Labor: Prepare Your Mind, Soul And Body

Ain’t No Hood Like Motherhood

There’s nothing that brings you more joy than motherhood. And nothing can ever beat the feeling of holding your newborn baby in your arms for the first time. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for these past 9 months. Maybe even longer.

Pregnancy is an exciting phase of your life when you get to prepare for your baby, shop for tiny little baby clothes, decorate a nursery and build a bond to your new family member.

Soon your baby will be here and you’ll finally be a mom.

It’s just one itsy bitsy thing that you have to do first. Give birth.

 

Just one more step to go through before the baby is here: labor. Klicka för att Tweeta 

Putting together that crib with a hundred different nuts and bolts seems pretty easy in comparison of pushing a human out of your body, huh?

Pregnant women are often aware of how to take care of their body, what food to eat and not to eat, and how to exercise during pregnancy. But somehow they forget to take care of themselves mentally and prepare their mind and soul for labor.

People often compare giving birth to running a marathon. And you wouldn’t run a marathon without preparing for it, would you? What I mean is, that with the right mindset and preparation, giving birth won’t feel as frightening and overwhelming as it might seem right now.

You’ve done a great job of preparing and making your home welcoming for your baby and now it’s time to do the same for your mind, soul, and body.

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Prepare Your Mind:

 

1. Do Your Research

Read about labor, positive birth stories, effective birth positions, different pain relievers etc. to prepare your mind for the delivery of your baby. By doing your research it will be easier for you to visualize labor, feel more confident about giving birth, and are less likely to second-guess your abilities when going into labor.

 

2. Talk To Others 

Talk to your partner about your fears and wishes regarding giving birth, and how you want him to support you during that time. Talk to friends and family about what life will look like during the first days after you’ve brought your baby home. And talk to your midwife or doctor about what to expect and make a birth plan. Talking to others will help you feel prepared and you’ll be more likely to make the right decisions for you.

 

3. Pack Your Hospital Bag

Pack your bag by week 36 so you don’t have to stress about what to bring when you finally go into labor. Your baby is ready to be delivered by week 38 but you never know if you have to go to the hospital unexpectedly before that.

 

 

Prepare Your Soul:

 

4. Snuggle Up With Your Partner

Spend some quality time and snuggle with your partner before your baby arrives. It will be a long time before it’s just you and your partner again. Use this last time during your pregnancy to go on dates, cuddle with your partner, and talk about your hopes and thoughts for the future.

 

5. Stay Positive

Yes, your delivery could take forever, and things can go wrong. But the stress that comes with worrying isn’t good for your baby and it’s definitely not good for you. Instead of thinking of all the horror stories that you’ve heard, try to think about all the women who have experienced positive labors (I’m one of them!). Your body is built to give birth and you CAN do this!

 

6. Find Support

Make sure that you have the right people by your side to support you during labor. It’s most common for women to bring their partner but a close friend or family member can be just as good for support. Having people that you trust with you when giving birth can make the delivery easier and make you feel more comfortable.

 

Having the right people with you during labor can make it easier & more comfortable for you. Klicka för att Tweeta

 

7. Hire Support

A doula is a person that you pay to help you and support you before, during and shortly after childbirth to help you achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. A study made by the Cochrane Database Systematic Review showed that good support during labor has clinically meaningful benefits for women and infants and that all women should have support throughout labor and birth. The labor time can be reduced and the need for epidurals and C-sections decreases.

 

8. Listen To Your body

Trust your gut and listen to your body during both pregnancy and labor. If you’re tired, try to lie down and rest. If you’re hungry, ask for something to eat. You are growing a person inside of you but your friends and your partner are not, so don’t try to keep up with them. Be kind to yourself and don’t feel guilty about not being able to live your life as active as you did before the pregnancy.

 

9. Don’t Plan Everything

Creating a birth plan is a great way for you to prepare your mind and soul for labor. But keep in mind that things don’t always go as you plan and anything can happen during labor and how you thought you wanted to get through labor might not actually be accurate when you’re going through it. Keep an open mind to avoid disappointment.

 

 

Prepare Your Body:

 

10. Exercise

It’s important to keep exercising during pregnancy to build up the stamina you need during labor. Don’t overdo it though. Gentle walking, swimming or yoga is a great way to prepare your body and might actually shorten the labor time, reduce the risk of obstetric labor complication, reduce the risk gestational diabetes, help you relax and sleep better.

 

11. Do Pregnancy Yoga

Breathing right is a big part of yoga and doing yoga is a great way for you to practice your breathing for childbirth. It will also relieve the tension of your lower back, neck, and shoulders, increase circulation and decrease swelling, and help you develop stamina and strength. Yoga during pregnancy is also a nice way for you to connect with your baby and make it easier for you to accept the different phases of pregnancy.

 

12. Drink Raspberry Tea Leaf

Drinking raspberry tea leaf is an easy and natural way to support your body during pregnancy. Supposedly, it will help strengthen and prepare your uterus to cope better with pushing a baby out, heal faster and bleed less after the labor. Raspberry tea leaf is full of vitamins, minerals, and oxytocin, which has a calming and relaxing effect on your body.

Note: Do NOT drink Raspberry Tea Leaf in order to initiate childbirth.

 

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13. Perineal Massage

The perineum is the soft skin between the anus and the vagina. When you push a watermelon (sorry, I mean a baby) out of your body, there is a risk of tearing. Perineal massage is done using almond oil, Vitamin-E oil, or coconut oil to stretch and increase flexibility in the perineum in preparation for birth to minimizing perineal trauma during delivery.

 

14. Use An Exercise Ball

By using an exercise ball you can stabilize your core, keep your pelvis in correct alignment, and help move your baby into an optimal birthing position. An exercise ball is a great alternative to sitting on a hard surface. A lot of women like to gently bounce or roll forward and backward on the ball. The ball is also great after you’ve had the baby to help you stretch, for exercising or for bouncing on with you baby to soothe her.

 

15. Be Intimate

Some couples enjoy sex during pregnancy more and others don’t like it at all. Sex during pregnancy is usually safe but sex doesn’t necessarily have to mean intercourse. Cuddle, massage or sexual stimulation are also ways to express love between you and your partner. Sex during pregnancy can strengthen your relationship, make you relaxed and is a (great) way to exercise.

 

Don’t forget that every birth is different and unique to each individual, and no one will have the same experience as someone else. It will give you comfort and understanding that a lot of women before you have had success with bringing their babies into the world, and so will you.

Before you leave, make sure to check out the guide on What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag – A Complete Checklist.

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28 Comments

  1. Jackie

    For my first I didn’t prepare at all, except for the hospital bag. I didn’t take any classes either. I pretty much just took it all in as it was happening. For my second, I didn’t even have my hospital bag done because she came early! lol My water broke at 37 weeks so I had to go to the hospital ASAP. Now that I’m pregnant with my third, I hope to better prepare myself although I basically know the drill by now, ha!

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      I guess you managed to give birth even without your bag right? 😉 Hope everything goes well with your third!

      Svara
  2. Elizabeth Voyles

    I had a c-section with my first and really wanted a VBAC with my second. I did almost everything on your list to try and make it happen. And it still failed and my daughter’s birth was awful on just about every front. (Except her of course, she’s perfect;) But, I was in great shape and felt really prepared for the birth overall which I’m sure helped some. After all, it could have been worse. And this is all great advice. It’s just, as you said, no matter how prepared you are, you can’t control how it turns out. You mentioned a doula, which I researched but didn’t do. I wish I would have. I think it would have helped.

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      I’m sorry that it didn’t go as you had hoped. Glad that your baby is perfect though 🙂 <3

      Svara
  3. Elise Cohen Ho

    I love the one about not being able to control everything. Truer words could not have been spoken.

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      Thank you 🙂

      Svara
  4. Elise Cohen Ho

    i HAD THREE LABORS AND ALL THREE WERE DIFFERENT. i THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THAT POSSIBILITY.

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      I’ve heard that from a lot of people 🙂 Even people who’ve had 10 babies think that every birth was different :O

      Svara
  5. Laura

    Love your list! I I prepared for Birth with our first by taking an extensive Bradley class with my husband. IT WAS AMAZING! I highly recommend it. Then did a shorter refresher course with my other two!

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      Thanks for the tips 🙂

      Svara
  6. kassi

    These are some fantastic tips to help prepare for Labour. I thought I had prepared myself for the labor experience but in hindsight, I did not spend enough time mentally or emotionally preparing myself for all the possibilities. It’s been over a year and I am still dealing with the mental and emotional side effects of my son’s birth. I certainly love and adore being a mom, but giving birth made me feel all sorts of the things that I wasn’t expecting!

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      There’s no way to be prepared enough for your first labor, cause you have no idea what it’s like. But I hope that you find some way to get over the experience!

      Svara
  7. Chrissie

    Great list! I’m a total researcher, so asking friends their experiences and taking classes and learning all I could about the process was an important prep step for me!

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      Me too! You can’t research enough! 🙂

      Svara
  8. Devon

    This is a great post! I definatly wasn’t prepared for my first daughter, but with my third I was a pro…

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      I bet you were! Maybe your next career should be Doula 😉

      Svara
  9. Charity

    I swear by raspberry leaf tea for a variety of things. That stuff is wonderful.

    I’ve always felt I should have had a doula. I feel my labor would have gone pretty well had it been of a normal duration, but when it took so long, I panicked a bit. A calm, experienced person in the room would have helped immensely.

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      Maybe we should drink it every day? :O Even though we’re not pregnant 🙂

      Svara
  10. Barbara Alfeo

    I was in total denial before my first came. This is all great advice!

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      Ha! Me too! But I learned from that misstake 😛

      Svara
  11. Skye

    Prenatal yoga was such a great way to connect with my baby as well as prepare my body for labor. I think that yoga is what got me through 5 hours of pushing!

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      Wow! 5 hours is so long :O That’s amazing that yoga helped you through!

      Svara
  12. Angela Milnes

    What a great tips. When my first son was born I’m afraid and I didn’t know what to do thank God my Mother in law was there for me that when my youngest came I feel like a pro

    Svara
    • AwesomeAlice

      Thank you! Having good support is so important, no matter who it is 🙂

      Svara
  13. sHANNON

    This is such a great list! I was nodding in agreement the whole time! The only thing I would add is regular trips to the chiropractor!

    Svara
  14. Afra

    Pregnant with my 3rd and these are some great suggestions. It’s hard though with 2 tiny toddlers but gota do my best to hopefully achieve my VBA2C and have the best birth out of the 3.

    Svara
  15. Melissa

    You have lots of great tips here. I loved my exercise ball during my whole pregnancy!

    Svara
  16. Dani

    Wow! I had no idea about drinking the raspberry tea! What a great tip! Perhaps if I had followed your other tip and done more research I would have had less bleeding. LOL! Great article!

    Svara

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