Natural Childbirth Dos and Don’ts You Need to Know

Natural Childbirth Dos and Don’ts You Need to Know

Opting for a natural birth can be right for you. But before you can achieve a drug-free delivery, you’ll need to be prepared. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts you’ll find handy:

Dos

Know what you’re in for

Preparation is key. That’s where natural childbirth classes come in. By going to those classes, you’ll know what to expect. That should help lessen the worry and anxiety you might feel. You’ll also learn breathing and relaxation techniques. These will help you manage the pain effectively when the time comes. By going to those classes, you’ll be in a better frame of mind and much more prepared for the experience.

Find the right practitioner

Whether it’s a doctor, healthcare provider or partner, make sure you find the right support. If your healthcare provider doesn’t seem to respect your wishes, your religious and personal beliefs, then it’s better to look elsewhere, Parents says.

Get a doula

With their soothing, calm and supportive approach, doulas effectively reduce the need for drugs during the birth. Having a doula in the delivery room with you can help you manage the pain and give birth without the drugs. So if you want a successful natural birth, look into hiring a doula to help you through it.

Don’ts

Don’t listen to the horror stories

A positive mindset helps. That might be a bit harder to achieve if you’re listening to someone else’s horror stories about emergency C-sections or 24-hour labor. Surround yourself with positivity and success stories to help get you in the right frame of mind for the birth.

Don’t forget about your partner

Mommies do the heavy lifting during the pregnancy. But pay attention to the needs of your partner as well. If your partner is well-rested, fed and comfortable, then your partner will be a greater source of help and comfort to you.

Don’t starve yourself

If you need to eat during the early stages of labor, go for it. You’ll need all the energy you can get.

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