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Natural Childbirth- Some key tips every expecting mom should know!

Lakshmi Kapoor Verma
Pregnancy

Created by Lakshmi Kapoor Verma
Updated on Mar 08, 2017

Natural Childbirth Some key tips every expecting mom should know

Birthing stories have always fascinated me. Ever since I got to know I was pregnant, I started reading a lot of different birthing stories on the Internet and of course wondering about how mine would be. 
There were good stories and bad stories. Some were scary and some made me cry, but in the end what I conclusively learnt was that giving birth to a new life was a magical and an extremely spiritual experience and of course not easy! Remember it is called Labor, right! 
Like any expecting mom, in my head I had made my choice to have a natural childbirth. My belief was strengthened especially towards the later part of my pregnancy, thanks to an extremely strong support system which backed my choice and helped me with confidence and strength right till the end. So, if you plan to have a natural childbirth as well, I am listing below a few key suggestions and tips which helped me greatly during my pregnancy:-

Preparing for Natural childbirth

1. Educate yourself and make an informed decision:-
A thorough investigation and research about various birthing options is a must before taking any decision. Labor and Delivery is a process and understanding the same would greatly help an expecting mom to make her choices. There are educational videos and reading material on the same which can help an expecting mom understand the real deal. I got most of my information by reading a lot of birthing stories and attending pre –birthing classes. 

2. Have an active pregnancy 
Being physically active is the key to having a natural childbirth. I did 7 months of pre natal yoga that helped me build a lot of pelvic strength and flexibility. Other options apart from yoga are swimming, various stretching and flexibility exercises that focus on building strength in your body. Make sure that all the exercises you do are safe and preferably under expert supervision. (Also, it is not advisable to start on any new activity, for example swimming, during pregnancy if you have not been doing it earlier).

3. Walk and build stamina 
Apart from stretching and muscle strengthening, one key factor to prepare for natural childbirth is building a lot of stamina and walking definitely helps.
There is a simple formula to follow for making sure you are walking enough and productively. Start walking continuously for smaller periods of time (5/10/15 minutes ) and build it for longer duration ( 25-35 minutes) without any break. Start doing this once a day. Then start the same process for the second time in the day and gradually target doing 20-30 minute walks twice every day. Again make sure you don’t exert yourself. Give up the moment you feel uneasy, sip lots of water during the walk and also wear comfortable shoes so that you don’t develop pain and aches in the feet and knees.

4. Nutrition 
Food has a large role in helping your body cope up with natural childbirth and the recovery thereafter. Make sure your diet intake including fluids, is healthy and your weight is in control during pregnancy. Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to eat for two! 

During Labor and Delivery

5. Be Flexible and have an open mind
Before making any choice, the first thing all expectant mothers should understand is that birthing decisions can be extremely dynamic and you never know, whether you will end up delivering a baby through natural birth or a caesarean birth till you reach right towards the end of your delivery process. 
For e.g. I really thought that I am going to have a natural start to my labor however my labor never kicked in and my worst fears of being induced came true.  So you never know what will happen and flexibility of choices really helps in such a situation
6. Learn about pain management
Pain is only the tip of iceberg of labor and delivery. Knowing your body and your coping mechanisms work best during labor. Understand what works for you and don’t be afraid to ask questions. There are plenty of external coping techniques like water birth, breathing exercises, birthing balls etc. You can check with your gynaecologist about these. 
Personally what worked for me was productive breathing. During labor it is a great way of pain management and coping up with pain. Make sure you ask your gynaecologist and birthing practitioners to help you learn how to breathe effectively during labor.

7. Have Support
My family was great support during labor and they stayed with me throughout. Do make sure you choose a birthing partner who gives you confidence and you are comfortable with. 

8. Epidural 
Epidural and the choice to opt for it during your delivery is a key area where you need to gather information. Labor and delivery is a journey where epidural helps in taking off some load of the pain however at the same time it elongates your travel time as well. Also, it is always a wise decision to not pre-decide and instead evaluate your options at the right time only. Medically epidural is considered extremely safe and poses no threat to mom or child.
9. Have Faith your doctor
It is not necessary that everything goes according to the plan during labor. Have complete faith your doctor of taking the right medical decisions for you. Ultimately the welfare of you and your child is the most important thing!

In the end I would like to conclude with what my doctor motivated me during labor . She said “Lakshmi, thousands of women have done this before you and will continue to do so even after you.. So don’t be scared ! “

All the best

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| Oct 06, 2017

very informative blog..

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| Aug 18, 2017

Very informative

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| Jul 17, 2017

thanks

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| Apr 18, 2017

yeh quite informative.

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| Mar 20, 2017

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| Mar 05, 2017

very nice ...

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| Jan 30, 2017

very very cleared information tq....

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| Nov 29, 2016

Very well written. Thanks for the information :)

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| Aug 16, 2016

Very helpful.

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| Apr 22, 2016

I am a mother of twins born on Jan 31st 2016. After reading this I want to share my pregnancy experience. I am a Type 1 diabetic on insulin. When my pregnancy got confirmed I came to know that I was bearing triplets but due to my health condition it w reduced to twins. I was completely on bed rest. No exercise and nothing. All I had to was lie on bed. I used to always think that I need to give natural birth. During my 37th week of pregnancy I got fainted and was admitted in hospital but there were no possibility of delivery at that time as one of the baby's head was up. But the very next morning I felt pain but don't know that it was delivery pain until nurse confirmed. I was in a state of surprise as I didn't feel such pain which usually showed in movies. LOL. I gave birth to my twins with pain and laughter. During my entire pregnancy I used maximum of Indian toilet than western. I think that has helped me with normal delivery even though I had a strict bed rest.

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| Apr 02, 2016

you are welcome Seema

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| Apr 01, 2016

Thanks for sharing such information.. Very helpful

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| Mar 15, 2016

Thanks every one for giving the blog a read! Jeslin have listed a couple of practices in the blog above but a lot of times the final decision of c-sec/natural delivery depends on the series of events that finally happen on the d-day. just hope for the best and the primary priority should always be the well being of the mother and the baby. all the best

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| Feb 12, 2016

How to give natural birth

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| Feb 03, 2016

nyc article!!!!

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| Jan 27, 2016

I did all of this....

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| Jan 23, 2016

Hi! I conduct Antenatal Classes in Noida called 'Natural Childbirth Lamaze Program'. In these classes, I teach all of the above mentioned. Incase you or anyone you know is interested in attending these classes, they can contact me at +918587019061

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| Jan 07, 2016

I did all this but still had undergone c section.. reason was uterus didn't open even I got labor pain.

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| Jan 04, 2016

Thanks a lot for motivational tips, could u pls suggest me yoga for natural child birth?

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| Jan 02, 2016

Congrats!!!very helpful tips...

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