Pregnancy is a life-changing event for any woman and her partner. The birth of a child is always a special moment. For a woman, pregnancy brings many new things into her life which she previously did not know about. It is strongly encouraged that a pregnant woman embrace this magical time. During this period, her own soul allows someone new to enter her body. This is an amazing and wonderful thing.
Understand what is happening
Pregnancy is a time when you should learn about the changes that take place in your body and that of an unborn child. You should also learn about the course of childbirth, availability of birthing choices and what to expect in a normal delivery. Also, be aware of the expected particular prenatal health status and then develop a birthing plan based on your educated wishes. Please remember that as a birth plan is a list of wishes for your birth experience, it might differ with changes in you.
Learn about pain management
Epidurals have risks like low blood pressure, deceleration of the baby’s heart rate, back pain, and severe headaches. One of the most significant side effects of an epidural is an inability to recognize the natural urge to push the baby out. Water birthing is a marvelous birthing option that is just as effective as an epidural, without the associated risks. Other effective pain management techniques include acupuncture, Reiki, and hypnosis.
Avoid becoming submissive
When it comes to childbirth, it’s important for expectant parents to take an active role in discouraging submissiveness. In most cases, couples surrender their birth experience to the authority of a physician. However, even if the physician is highly caring, she also has tons of other responsibilities while attending to your birth. Above this, many of the procedures suggested are routine and can be personalized for your individual birth experience. For example, you may prefer not having an epidural, or you may want to be more involved in the birthing process. Whatever your preferences are, be sure to communicate them with your physician so that you can have the best birthing experience possible.
Intravenous fluids are not always necessary for birthing women who are not at risk for dehydration. If there is a need for medication administration via I.V route, your physician may agree to only having intravenous access by the use of a saline-lock. This will allow for easy access if necessary, while also limiting any unnecessary interventions.
Consider a Midwife
Consider working with a certified midwife if you’re expecting a baby and need guidance. These professionals are trained to provide education, emotional, and social support to their patients during pregnancy and childbirth. They also encourage active participation from expecting parents and families. For most people, working with a midwife is a safe and satisfying alternative to working with an OB-GYN.
Consider expert support
Certified labor support specialists are a great option for pregnant women who want emotional support and comfort measures during childbirth. When you’re in labor, your specialist can provide things like positioning, massage, and effective relaxation techniques that can help you through the birthing process.