Preparing For Birth: Tips And Strategies To Help Mothers Get Ready

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Preparing for Birth

Tips and Strategies to Help Mothers Get Ready

Creating birth plans and getting a birth care provider

There's no denying that the prospect of labor and delivery can be as nerve-wracking and exciting. As you prepare for the birth of your baby, it's important to understand that your body is getting ready as well. 

In the days and weeks leading up to labor, your body will start producing hormones that help with uterine contractions and soften the cervix to allow the baby to pass through. As these hormones act, they signal other hormonal changes in your body, such as increased heart rate and fatigue. These symptoms signal that mother and baby are both nearing labor day!

Your body will show you signs of getting ready for birth too. You may experience a few Braxton-Hicks contractions—mild contractions that don't last long—which can signify that your body is getting ready for labor. 

Getting Informed

It's important to be up-to-date with any new practices or guidelines doctors may use during delivery. Ask questions about the procedure, pain relief methods that are currently used, natural or medications, their benefits, and side effects. In some cases, non-medicinal forms of relief, such as hydrotherapy (birth in warm water) or positioning techniques (such as squatting or kneeling), may also be beneficial. This helps you be fully informed and thus make decisions accordingly.

Creating Birth Plan

This is a document that outlines your wishes for the delivery. It expresses 

  1. how you want to give birth

  2. The pain relief method you would like to have.

You must have one so your birthing team knows your wishes.

Choosing a Care Provider

Some of the most common care providers are midwives, family physicians, and obstetricians. Ask them about their experience with labor and delivery and their policies on things like epidurals and C-sections.

Mental Preparation

Journaling is a great way to work through any worries, fears, or doubts that you may have about childbirth. Also, find people who support and care about you, who will listen without judgment, and whose presence will give you peace of mind during and after giving birth. 

Visualization Techniques

Visualization is an effective technique that uses positive imagery to distract from any fears associated with labor. Close your eyes, focus on your breath, and imagine yourself in a safe, peaceful place where you feel relaxed and confident about giving birth. Preparation can make all the difference when approaching labor with feelings of strength and courage.


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