As a mother who have gone through giving birth more than once, it is true when they say that labour and birthing a child is not something you can get use to. Even if you have gone through it already, there is no guarantee that you will feel less scared, feel less anxiety, less worried on the next. All the more especially if you are a first time mom and still don’t have any idea on what to expect during labour and giving birth. But there had been ways to help yourself prepare for what’s to come. These tips had been effective and helpful for me.
Before your baby makes his grand entrance, prepare yourself through educating yourself on the process of giving birth. It could somehow ease your mind and give you confidence if you have the idea on what’s gonna happen.
To physically get yourself ready, practice deep breathing, inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. It somehow helps especially when you are on active labour already. Do some light exercise too that are safe for you like walking and squatting. Doing physical activities could make you feel good and in control.
Don’t give yourself something to worry about. Do not read scary, tragic, and sad birth stories. Avoid thinking negatively. Remember to inhale positivity and exhale negative ones.
Now let’s get to the main part, staying calm and in control of yourself during labour. How to do that? Here are some tips:
•Remember the stages or process of giving birth you studied about. Assess yourself what phase you are in and think that you will get through it and give birth soon. Don’t dwell on the labour pain.
•Think of your main goal. Think of your baby. Think of holding him in your arms and positively go through this life-changing experience. Think that it will all be worth it.
•Proper and deep breathing. In to your nose, out to your mouth. Think that you are in control.
•Find courage and support from your loved once and from your midwife or doula. They are there to help you get through it, altogether.
•Tell yourself that you are doing a great job and you will get through it. Stay positive.
•Find the most comfortable position everytime the contraction hits hard on you. In my case, the midwife made me lie on my leftside to help me dilate faster.
At the end of the day, it is still you, Momma, who’s in control of youself. Just remember not to let fear get the best out of you. So prepare yourself for what’s to come and remind yourself that everything you are about to go through will change your life forever, so make the best out of it. Be strong and get that baby out and safe.