Birth of a baby is a natural process. Any kind of intrusion in this natural process should be avoided. Unfortunately, data from last 10 years show that a large number of women undergo c-section for birth of their babies.
Some of them face genuine physical problems which need to be resolved through surgery but some of them simply opt for the operation because they dread the though of giving birth through birth canal. C- section is a major surgery with its own set of complications and risks.
One should try to avoid any kind of external intrusion during the birthing process. Vaginal birth ensures health and safety of both mother and baby. Following tips can help you in ensuring smooth vaginal birth of your baby.
Tips To Ensure Vaginal Birth Of Your Baby
It is said, though metaphorically, that giving birth to a baby is like pulling 40 elephants together. That may be an exaggeration but one cannot deny the fact that delivering a baby naturally requires lots of energy and will power as delivering is an intense exercise and requires lots of calories and fluids. Besides, you need buffer stocks of energy after giving birth to baby.
You will get the required energy only when you will eat and drink right throughout your pregnancy and during your labor. Do not fill your stomach only with the junk and other foods you crave during pregnancy. Follow the diet chart well and try to eat healthy foods. Drinking adequate water is also very important as dehydration during labor can mar the chances of vaginal birth. Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water a day.
Try to be as much active as possible. Go for walks, perform household chores, and if you are a working woman go to your office daily and try to cover some distance walking. The idea is to move frequently and stay active. It will also help you in reducing swelling in legs and backaches.
Staying active throughout the pregnancy and during labor increases your chances of vaginal birth many times. Some women even mop the house during the last term of your pregnancy as it is a great exercise for pelvic muscles. Confirm your doctor about this before you start such a vigorous exercise regime.
Join Prenatal Exercises
If your lifestyle is largely sedentary on account of your professional life or for other reasons then joining prenatal exercise classes will be very helpful. Talk to your doctor and join a class.
Chances are that the hospital where you go for prenatal checkups also conduct such an exercise session. Flexing vaginal muscles helps making them stronger – a prerequisite for vaginal birth when you have to push baby out.
Preparing emotionally and mentally for vaginal birth is as important as preparing physically. We are surrounded with so many horrible stories about vaginal birth that we begin to think of it something horrible. To allay the fears and bring confidence in natural birthing process, complete information is a must. You can join a birth class to allay your fears, get first hand information and feel confident about impending delivery.
Give Birth in an Upright Position
You need not lie on the bed for delivering your child. It is against the principle of gravity and becomes a hindrance in pushing the baby out as the baby is pushed uphill while lying down on your back. Instead choose to kneel or squat while giving birth to the baby. The baby will also feel facilitated in coming out as this is an exercise for the baby too.
Avoid Epidurals and Other Pain Killers During Labor
Epidurals and other pain killers tend to slow down the process of labor. This leads to the use of a drug called Pitocin for strengthening contractions. The usage of these drugs increases chances of a c-section, forceps or vacuum extracted births.
Try to avoid these pain killers. Stay calm and practice meditation during labor pains.These tips can help you ensure a smooth delivery to a great extent however complication can arise during a delivery at any time so if your doctor suggests c-section then do not hesitate. Sometimes c-section become crucial for saving lives of mother and baby.
These tips can help you ensure a smooth delivery to a great extent however complication can arise during a delivery at any time so if your doctor suggests c-section then do not hesitate. Sometimes c-section become crucial for saving lives of mother and baby.