The increasing number of C-sections, have reduced the importance of delivering a baby through normal delivery. Giving birth to a child through normal delivery has many benefits for the child and the mother. Until it is absolutely needed, most doctors don’t suggest a mother go for C-section. Nevertheless, having a smooth and trouble-free normal delivery needs certain preparation right from day one of your pregnancy.
10 tips for having a normal delivery
#1. Develop a positive attitude about natural childbirth:
To experience a normal delivery, first and foremost, the mother should develop a positive attitude about normal delivery. For most of the mothers, particularly for the new moms, apprehensiveness towards their delivery is quite common. Whether they are experiencing for the first time or for the second they naturally tend to be apprehensive.
So it is important to develop a positive attitude towards normal delivery and not develop a fear of labour. Understand that this is a method which has been given as a boon by nature not only to human beings but also for so many other creatures on this planet. A woman’s body is naturally engineered to give birth, so why fear?
#2. Performing Garbh Sanskar:
Garbh Sanskar refers to an ancient Ayurvedic practice of teaching good things to your unborn child even when it is developing in your womb. Though it may sound strange for many us, performing garbh sanskar has a lot of positive impact on mother and child. The positivity contributes a lot to your child’s growth before and after the child is born. Mahabaratha, an Indian epic speaks about Garbh Sanskar much before medical science brought forth proof supporting the theory that babies can hear inside the womb.
You can perform this art of communicating to your unborn baby by reading good books, developing positive thinking, talking to your child and by having a calm and stress free mind. It has been proven beyond doubt that babies can listen and learn; feel and recognise your touch and can communicate to you through their actions even before being born.
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#3. Joining a birthing or Lamaze class:
Dr.Lamaze from the Soviet Union had come up with breathing and relaxation techniques during 1950’s which prepares the mother to cope better with pain during labour.
The modern birthing or Lamaze classes teaches both mother and father how to prepare for a normal delivery and even give tips about caring for a newborn. These birthing classes introduce many techniques related to labour pain management, exercises that strengthen your core muscles and promote your psychological and physiological condition for natural childbirth.
#4. Stay Active:
Pregnancy comes with morning sickness for some and makes them less active. Despite the sickness, you must learn to stay active all the time. Besides doing work which cannot be avoided, one must do at least one physical activity.
Whether you are someone who does exercise regularly or not, exercising during pregnancy is very vital for a normal delivery. Brisk walking, pelvic floor or kegel exercise, and stretching and squatting are to be given more importance as they help in promoting normal delivery.
#5. Prenatal yoga:
Prenatal yoga is gaining popularity among prenatal care. These specific asanas focus on your core muscles like back muscles, spinal cord and kegel muscles to improve the flexibility. By doing yoga specific to labour, one can stretch their back, contracting and relaxing their pelvic muscles and strengthen their pelvic bone. Wear comfortable innerwear and outwear while doing prenatal yoga.
#6. Don’t put on too much weight:
The myth that pregnant women should eat for two, is so not true. Though it is true that you need to increase intake of food, actual increase of calories requirement for the first two trimesters is not more than 25% of your current intake.
There is no harm in eating multiple times a day when you are hungry. But if you are not, don’t simply gain calories which in turn results in an extremely heavyweight baby making a normal delivery is rather difficult.
#7. Follow a healthy pregnancy diet:
When you conceive, your body needs more vitamins and nutrients which most moms may not be getting. While taking supplements is important they can’t replace the need for a healthy pregnancy diet. Eat natural and healthy foods which are high in vitamins and minerals. Green vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains which are high in carbohydrates and proteins can give good nutrition to you and to your baby.
#8. Practice perineal massage:
Perineal massage can be done on any pregnant women in the last 4 to 6 weeks before her delivery due date. This massage widens the birth canal up to 10 cm diameter which is required during normal delivery. Performing this massage before labour prepares the pelvic muscle to enlarge and prevent unwanted tearing of perineum during natural delivery of a child. This massage also lessens the chance of using a vacuum extraction when a child struggles to emerge out.
#9. Listen to soothing music and practice breathing exercise and meditation:
An expectant mom should spare some time to listen to relaxing music. As music has the power to touch a soul, you can start communicating with your baby through music. Music may help you to transmit your thoughts to your child and also develop a healthier bond between you and your child.
Meditation is another way of relaxing your mind, body, and spirit. Proper breathing exercises will enable you to manage your labour pains and control breathlessness during the process of normal delivery.
#10. Choose low-intervention pregnancy:
When it is not needed, always opt for low-intervention delivery. The more natural your delivery is the healthier you and your baby would be during the postnatal period. Choosing a doctor and hospital that supports normal delivery and is child friendly, will help you also achieve your goal of a normal delivery.
All of the above tips will be good if performed under the advice of your gynaecologist. In case of any doubt always consult your doctor. We wish you a very happy pregnancy and hope you have an easy normal delivery which is the dream of every pregnant woman!