6 Ways to Ensure a Stress Free Labor
For nine months, you have endured the hormone changes, morning
sickness, and body aches, now you are going through labor. Labor
is one of the most intensive things that will probably happen to
you; hence you should know how to make it as stress free as possible.
The following list is 10 ways to ensure a stress free labor:
- Exercise!! You need to exercise during your pregnancy, unless
your doctor says otherwise, to ensure you body is healthy enough
to handle labor and delivery. If you exercise during your pregnancy,
when you finally do go into labor, you will be physically ready
to handle it. This cuts down on the stress because you know that
you are physically capable of going through labor and birth.
- Prepare your self for the pain: Most of your stress will probably
be from anticipating going through labor, and not the actual process.
In order to ensure a stress free labor, you must prepare yourself
for it. This could be taking birthing classes or just getting
used to the idea that you will be uncomfortable. IF your mind
is prepared for labor, then going through labor can be stress
- Create a birthing plan: Before going into to labor you should
come up with a birthing plan. This includes if you want any medications,
what your doctor or midwife should do incase of an emergency,
who you want in the delivery room, and if you want to nurse your
baby. You can have a stress free labor if you have a general idea
of what may happen when going through labor.
- Visit the hospital or birthing center: Unless you are having
a home delivery, it is wise to visit the hospital or birthing
center where you will have your baby before going into labor.
You will be more comfortable if you know what the hospital or
birthing center looks like; hence, your labor will be more stress
- Ask questions: when you visit the facility where you are planning
on having your baby, ask questions. See what the maternity wards
procedures are; ask how long you will be with your baby before
the hospital takes him/her to be weighed or if they even have
to take your baby after delivery. Knowing what can happen after
going into labor and delivering your baby will alleviate a lot
of stress during labor.
- Having good prenatal care before going through labor will help
give you a stress free labor. If you have good prenatal care,
you are aware of everything that is happening to you and you know
how your unborn baby is doing. Knowing that you and your baby
are healthy is a great way to ensure a stress free labor as you
will know that going through labor will produce a healthy baby.
Going through labor will be painful and can be stressful, unless
you know how to create a stress free atmosphere. Just keeping yourself
informed about your pregnancy and being prepared for labor is one
of the best ways to ensure a stress free labor.