Prepare for Childbirth
Edited by Olivia, Lynn, Inukshuk
Having a baby for the first time? Do you think you can handle it? A Native American saying goes like this: "If you lay down, the baby will never come out!" Indeed. If you don't prepare well enough, chances are, it would be a long struggle to bring the baby safely into the world.
To finally confirm that you're pregnant can be both a wondrous and fearsome surprise for a woman. Your senses are assaulted by changes brought about by pregnancy. Your questions about the changes that have been happening in your body during pregnancy should be addressed by your obstetrician. You, on the other hand, should express and share your fears and hopes about the pregnancy with your husband, or significant other, not only to allay your anxieties, but also for your partner to revel in this miracle of life.
How you can prepare yourself for childbirth
When you have discovered you're pregnant, your doctor will help you understand the changes in your body. However, there are things that you should also do on your own in order to prepare yourself for childbirth. You should prepare yourself physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually and financially for childbirth.
- 1Maintain a balanced and healthy diet.
- 3Keep a physically fit body by doing exercises. There are exercises recommended for the pregnant woman. Examples of these are tailor sitting, Kegel's exercises, pelvic tilts and squatting. You should confer with your obstetrician as to the recommended exercise for you since exercises are categorized into trimesters.
- Kegel's exercises.
- Tailor sitting exercises.
- Pelvic Tilt Exercise.
Different women have different experiences with pregnancy, labor and childbirth. There are women who experience complications early on and are advised against any movement whatsoever. As such, it is recommended that before starting any exercise, you should consult your obstetrician and clarify which exercises are best for you. You should also determine appropriate exercises for every trimester.
Psychological and Emotional Preparation
The psychological and emotional preparation goes hand in hand. There may be pregnant women who will be facing the birth process alone, but this does not mean that they cannot prepare themselves for what will happen. Resolving relationship issues is also advised prior to the delivery of the newborn. It helps the mother conquer the ambivalent feelings that assail them during the first few hours after the baby is born.
- 1The first trimester is the best time for the couple to talk about their feelings towards the pregnancy. Usually, if there are apprehension and indecision, this is the most appropriate time to address them so that there will be no stumbling blocks in preparing the woman for childbirth.
- 2Address and solve present relationship issues. If there has been conflict before the pregnancy, it would be best to address and solve the problems during the earlier part of the pregnancy. By addressing relationship, as well as trust issues earlier, the woman can be more relaxed and focused on making the pregnancy, labor and delivery safe for her and her baby.
- 3The pregnant woman's husband or partner should try to be patient and sensitive to her needs. A pregnant woman's mood sometimes changes easily. One moment she's happy, and the next moment, she's crying. This is normal and is brought about by the many physical and hormonal changes that are happening in her body. Family members, especially her partner, should be more understanding and supportive during these times.
Some folks would argue that this plays a minor role in preparing for childbirth. On the contrary, some individuals find this moment in their lives as an opportunity to renew their faith. Some individuals come to terms with their past shortcomings and are able to forgive themselves and others. The miracle of pregnancy and childbirth often brings a person to realize past mistakes and to looks forward to amending them through the birth of a child.
- 1Should there be conflicting views on religious beliefs, it should be addressed during the first trimester, especially if it will affect the method of childbirth. Religious beliefs versus doctor's advice should be taken into consideration. The best method chosen should be based on the optimum safety of the woman and child.
- 2For unmarried couples who as well as those who live separately, conflict on what the child's religion should be may also be an issue. As such, it is better to postpone the argument until after the delivery, especially when it becomes a stressful subject of discussion for the pregnant woman.
A lot of couples worry about their financial status when pregnancy is nearing its term. It is quite understandable, as health care is a costly commodity. Some others worry about the cost of rearing a child, especially during the first few months of life. Here's what you can do:
- 2Talk to friends who recently experienced childbirth.
- 3If you are working, ask the human resources department about the benefits accorded to you as an employee in terms of childbirth and hospitalization.
- 4From the time that you learn that you're pregnant, you should also start saving up a portion of your money for the baby's expenses.
- 5If you're comfortable with hand me downs, you may want to rethink your feelings; it will not hurt to use them.
Categories : Health & Wellness
Recent edits by: Lynn, Olivia