How to mentally prepare for the upcoming birth

pregnancy preparation for birth

Preparation for childbirth following the principle "the less you know, the better you sleep" does not apply to pregnant women. On the contrary, the expectant mother should know about the birth as much as possible.

To begin with, you need a filter when perceiving information - learn to stay away from all kinds of "well-wishers" - there are women who are dying to tell how terrible childbirth is, how unbearable the pain is, what terrible things happen in maternity hospitals... but you see, all this has to be experienced because of the child. There is also the other option: "is the birth - simple work", "until they take me to the hospital and that's it", "I will give birth in the car soon". Remember that just as no two women are exactly alike, no two birth scenarios are alike.

So, while keeping fit, try to learn as much as you can about:

Birth as a process

Make it your goal by the end of your pregnancy to learn everything about the physiology of labor: how it begins, what stages it goes through, what happens at each stage, what the woman should do during each phase, what the team that will deliver the baby does in the meantime, and so called

Place of birth

Collect as much information as possible about maternity homes and wards, about the conditions in them, about the specialists who work there. You can benefit from the recommendations of your personal doctor and the doctor who monitors your pregnancy. Consult your relatives and friends who have recently given birth.

Peculiarities of your organism and your own health, on which the method of birth depends

You need to be aware of the state of your body in order to decide how to give birth. If for some reason you are among the group of women at increased risk, you will most likely be assigned a section (Caesarean section). In this case, you need to psychologically set yourself up for this option, which is safer for you

When you have already decided where you will give birth to your child and who will be the doctor who will deliver it, discuss with him all the questions that concern you about the birth.

Practice breathing techniques even before birth

Master a special breathing technique. This will serve you well during the second stage of labor when the strong contractions and thrusts begin. Practice different possible birthing positions.

Preparatory massage

During the last weeks of pregnancy, massage your perineum (the area between the anus and the labia majora and labia minora) more often. It increases the elasticity of the vaginal muscles, thanks to which the baby will pass through the birth canal more easily and quickly.

Excerpt from Tatyana Aptulaeva's book "Soon I'll Be a Mother",
provided courtesy of Colchis Publishing

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