You have been carrying that pregnancy for nine months and your time to give birth is fast approaching. You have done everything possible to ensure that you will welcome your little one into the world in the best possible environment.
However, there is something that is still troubling you. You keep asking yourself how you will be able to squeeze something the size of a watermelon out from between your legs without splitting into two.
The short answer to your worry is that your body is capable of doing miraculous things, but the long answer is that childbirth is a process. Undergoing natural birth isn’t easy, but it is possible for more than 90% of expectant mothers out there.
The other 10% have health complications that put them in the high-risk category, and they may need specific interventions such as C-section. If your dream is to undergo natural birth, follow these simple guidelines to increase your chances of realizing your dream.
Stay Active During Pregnancy
A few years ago, expectant mothers were thought to be so fragile that they were always discouraged doing anything that was physical. For instance, a pamphlet distributed by the Canadian government in the 1940s warned that even watching sports and lifting light objects could be too strenuous for expectant mothers.
But, it turns out that this isn’t true. Today, expectant mothers stick to a regular exercise regime that helps them stay fit and increase their chances of giving birth naturally. Maintaining a regular workout routine also lowers your risk of developing pregnancy-related complications such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.
Stay Calm and Control Your Breathing When You Enter into Labor
When your contraction starts, be sure to take a slow deep breath. If you start moaning or screaming, the baby could end up in distress, and you could end up with an epidural. I’m sure you don’t want that to happen, so avoid that shouting and screaming and remain as calm as possible.
I know it sounds a little bit awkward to say “stay calm” since you may have been there before and you know how it feels. Consider taking a HypnoBirthing course during your pregnancy where you will learn how to stay calm and be in control of the situation. Deep breathing has a way of ensuring that you are in control of such situations.
Choose a Health Care Provider Who Is Into Natural Birth
Make sure that you work with a doctor or midwife who believes in natural birth as much as you do. Such an individual will manage your situation in the best possible way to increase your chances of giving birth naturally.
They will not be quick to rule out natural birth in case something minor comes up. If you work with a doctor who hasn’t invested so much in natural birth techniques, he/she will quickly rule out the option even without assessing your situation.
Stay At Home for As Long As Possible During Labor
If you are planning to have a home birth, you can skip this step. However, if you are planning to give birth in a hospital, make sure that you stay at home for as long as possible when you enter into labor.
This is one of the top reasons why you should consider working with a doula during your pregnancy. The doula will keep assessing your situation and inform you when the right time to go to the hospital arrives.
You can walk around, get into the bathtub, or take a drink to buy time at home. However, you need to be careful so that you don’t arrive at the hospital when it is too late. Generally, you should move to the hospital when the contractions are approximately four minutes apart, they have been away for at least one hour, and they last for at least one minute (4-1-1 rule).
Watch Your Weight during Pregnancy
Lastly, you need to maintain a healthy weight during your pregnancy to boost your chances of having a natural birth. The good thing is that this isn’t something that should worry you so much as long as you stick to your regular exercise regime.
Labor tends to go on smoothly for expectant mothers who aren’t overweight. These mothers usually have fewer complications and require minimum medical interventions.