How To Prepare Your Body For Delivery

From | Mar 26 | 2 minutes read

After growing that precious little life inside of you for nine months, you are now in your final weeks of pregnancy. It may feel like things around you are moving really fast, yet in the delivery room, the pace actually slows down. A study by the National Institute of Health reported that for first-time mothers, childbirth now takes 2.6 hours longer than it used to 50 years ago. To make the additional time spent in the delivery room less painful and concentrate on the happiness of being a parent, you need preparation.

There are several ways in which you can go into labour, but it is important to ensure that you have prepared your body for the big day. Here are some tips that can help:

Attend prenatal yoga classes

Prenatal yoga serves a dual purpose during pregnancy. It helps keep your body healthy and fit during pregnancy and later prepares it for the birthing experience. In addition to that, it also relieves body aches, strengthens your muscles, and helps create a bond with your baby.

Exercise for 30 minutes daily

You do not need to go to a fitness centre in order to exercise. It can be as simple as taking a brisk walk around the neighbourhood or by going to your local park. If you are working during pregnancy and finding it difficult to exercise, park your car well away from your place of work and walk the distance at a brisk pace, twice a day.

Cut down on sugar intake

Studies suggest that women who cut down on their sugar intake during pregnancy are less likely to have a perineal or vaginal tear during childbirth. Your diet should be well balanced with a good mix of healthy fats, proteins, and water.

Take lamaze classes

Most hospitals offer childbirth or Lamaze classes for expectant parents. Being educated on what to expect during labour is a great way to prepare yourself mentally. Along with the knowledge that you get from the childbirth class, the instructor will also suggest various ways to ease pain during labour. You can also involve your partner who can coach you through labour on D-day.

No matter the pain, keep all negative thoughts away. Don’t think of any horror stories of 48 hours of labour that probably your mum or sister has told you about. Every woman’s labour experience is different. All you need to do is to believe in yourself and let your body guide you in this beautiful journey to bring your little one into this world.

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