5 Ways to Prepare to Give Birth Without Medications
If you've decided that you don't want to give birth inside the confines of a hospital you may be wondering how will you be able to accomplish this and deal with the pains of childbirth. After all, isn't childbirth painful? The simple answer to your question is yes. Yes. You will experience some pain in childbirth, but if you prepare yourself, you will not suffer. There's a huge difference.
Penny Simkin says pain is a side effect of a natural process. Suffering, however, is different. Suffering is deeply psychological and women shouldn't suffer in childbirth! So how do you manage? Here's how. You ask questions and prepare. You only surround yourself with supportive trusting people during your birth! You take a class, and learn coping mechanism to deal with the side effects of childbirth
1. Understand the process of birth
During labor, the opening of the uterus (cervix) opens (dilates) as a result of rhythmic tightening and relaxation of the uterine muscles (contractions). During the first stage of childbirth, the longest stage, the cervix will dilate to 10 cm. Your baby is born during the second stage; and the placenta during the third. Many people do not discuss the fourth stage of childbirth. This is the onset of postpartum. During this time, your body may shake, your temperature will fluctuate, and of course; you get to bond with baby and your new family!
Movement throughout childbirth will be so incredibly important to maintaining comfort. During contractions, movement between and during contractions, can help you become more comfortable. It also aids in progressing your labor.
3. Delight your senses
Use visualization to help you focus and escape. Placing photos throughout the room that remind you of happy times. This will release your love hormones and relieve some of the pain. Do you enjoy essential oils? Dab them lightly on a cotton ball and use scents such as lavender and peppermint to pick you up when you're feeling low. I like to put several different scents in different zip lock bags. This makes it easy to use, and change when you no longer enjoy a certain scent. Don't diffuse scents throughout the room. You'll find that you may of LOVE peppermint in stage 1 of child birth, but now you're in stage 2 and it's repulsive. Touch for many women is essentially important in birth. Massage and acupressure are great tools. But sometimes, something as simple as brushing your hair feels wonderful! Dabble with and try hot and cold compresses. Rice packs are wonderful because they're reusable. Purchase one for hot, and another cold purposes. You can also add fragrance to the bag if you desire.
That's its. Simply put. Don't forget to breathe. Every muscle and fiber in your body needs this energy source to do this work. Focus on your breath.
Drink lots of fluids. Keep a cup of water near by and don't forget to drink. I like teas. They make me feel warm and comforted. Tea can be a diuretic so don't over-indulge. Warm soups are also another way to maintain hydration and much needed sustenance without feeling too full.
You may also consider working with a birth doula. A doula can be there for you to provide, inforamtion, resources and hands on support. Payment plans are available to make this service affordable. Even if you do not wish to hire a doula, I highly recommend taking a hands on class. This will increase your confidence and help you as you prepare you own list of comfort measures. In need of a class? I can help! Let's talk!