There are things that you can do to make your labor and delivery easier now, during your pregnancy. That is something that every pregnant woman wants. The goal of every pregnancy is a healthy delivery for both mom and baby with the birth going as smoothly as possible. These are 7 things that you can do now to make your labor and delivery easier.
1. Take a Childbirth Class
One of the best things that you can do to make your labor and delivery easier is to take a childbirth class. There are many kinds of childbirth classes to choose from. Ask your obstetrician for a recommendation. Taking a childbirth class can at the very least, help you to know what to expect. It can also help teach you some techniques to get through labor and delivery easier.
2. Don’t Gain Too Much Weight
Weight gain is very important in your pregnancy. You need to gain what your doctor recommends that you gain in order to have a healthy baby. But gaining an excessive amount above that can put you at more risk for pregnancy complications. I know it is very, very hard to watch your weight if it begins to go over what your doctor would like you to gain. If you feel you need some help getting control over this, ask your doctor to give you some suggestions.
3. Work out
If your obstetrician approves, working out during your pregnancy is a very healthy choice that can help make your labor and delivery easier. This is because of a couple of different reasons. One, working out helps to prevent excessive weight gain. I worked out during one of my two pregnancies and it made a huge difference in helping me not gain more than the recommended pounds. Secondly, working out during pregnancy helps your body to be in better physical shape for your labor and delivery.
4. Avoid Complications as Much as You Can
There is only so much you can do to avoid complications. A lot of it is out of your hands. But it is important to do what you can to control that. You can take good care of your body while you are pregnant which is a big factor in preventing complications. Make sure your body is getting the rest and nutrients it needs.
5. Eat Healthy
Eating healthily is one of the best things you can do to have a healthy pregnancy and a good delivery. Make sure you are choosing foods that are good for you and your growing baby. It is perfectly okay to give in to pregnancy cravings; after all, that’s part of the fun. But make sure that you are balancing out any unhealthy treats with good, healthy choices. Eating well means that you are going to feel better and that your body will be better prepared for your labor and delivery.
6. Listen to Your Doctor
This is so important. You really need to listen to your doctor. They are the expert here. They are the one that knows how to best take care of you and what kind of specialized care plans you need to follow for the healthiest pregnancy. Additionally, never feel bad about calling your doctor with questions and concerns. Their job is to help you get your sweet little one safely in the world and that includes handling your questions and concerns.
7. Stress Less
Something else you can do to help you have an easier labor and delivery is to stress less about it. Pregnancy and labor and delivery can seem scary, especially for a first time mother. But something that is very comforting to think about is the fact that if it were truly that horrible to bring a child into this world, women would not make the decision to have more than one child and they do, every day. Try your best to focus on all the wonderful parts of pregnancy and stress less in general. Put your focus on enjoying this special time in your life.
These are some things that you can do to make your labor and delivery easier now. If you have already been through a pregnancy, what tips did you use to help make your labor and delivery easier? Please share with us!