Tips of preparing for natural labour/childbirth

Althea - posted on 04/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Just over one month to go to due date. I'm planning a natural delivery in hospital with very supportive Dr. The labour ward tour was really informative and put my mind at ease that I'll have many options in terms of positions etc. I'd love to hear any tips on how to prepare body and mind for this experience

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Leia - posted on 06/19/2009

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I have always had natural home births. My advice is to find what ever position is most comfortable to you. Get off the tiny hospital bed if you want! Hands and knees or leaning against something is good for contractions. I find squatting is best for pushing.

I would love to hear how your delivery went in the hospital.

Andrea-Jayne [AJay Jimajay] - posted on 06/05/2009

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just relised when this was posted!!!! youve probs already given birth now! hope it went well!

Andrea-Jayne [AJay Jimajay] - posted on 06/05/2009

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i did breathing a relaxation techniques, visulisation techiniques, and also had a water birth. all of this calmed me and distracted me and i went on to have a completely drug free natural, virtually pain free labour, which lasted 6 hours, and im hoping the next one [due end of june] will go the same way. it as nice and calm and everything was quiet and dark and lovely and i actually fell asleep at one point!

exercise is one way to physically prepar your body, the more fit you are will help deal with the process and make it less painful. like, imagine running a marathon without warming up first, painful!

try having an active birth, walking around loads, use a birthing ball and stand or squat to deliver.

Samantha - posted on 05/25/2009

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Try a book on Hypno Birthing. Not all of it will be your "cup of tea" but most of the techniques are easy, or facinating. They have breathing techniques that can help you to focus on your breathing so much that it could distract you enough to get through some of the worst contractions, but if your not the type that can focus on one thing without being easily distracted, it may not work for you. Good Luck :)

Casey - posted on 05/01/2009

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from what I have learned in childbirth classes (due june 5th), as long as you don't let fear overcome you, your body will guide you on what to do. Your body actually produces tons and tons of endorphins, which is a natual pain reliver. One tip she gave us was to imagine your cervix as a flower blossoming, opening up for the beautiful bloom. relaxation is the key. The plus side is contractions last 60-90 seconds then you get a nice little break to gather yourself to the next wave.
I too plan on a natural birth. I am getting excited and can't wait for the big day!!
I wish you the best in your journey =)

Patricia - posted on 04/26/2009

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I don't have an answer except that I am researching mediation and visualization techniques as one form of trying to influence my birthing experience. I am beginning by spending ten minutes at night to visualize what I want to happen and to begin imagining myself how I want to deal with the pain. I am going to do research but this is what I'm strarting with.

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