Let’s be practical. No delivery is painless. Natural birth or C-section, no kind of labor is easy and any less than an accomplishment. A drug-free (and natural childbirth) is unquestionably commendable. A lot is written, spoken, and debated about the process and tips of natural birth. Check out these effective tips on natural birth and natural birth benefits, which are unprecedently relevant in this cesarean generation.
Natural birth – What you must know:
1. Good healthy meal
A good healthy meal, just 24 hours before going into the labor ward is a must. A healthy, balanced meal with sufficient liquids would give the pregnant women the required physical energy to push the baby. Keeping yourself hydrated is very important.
2. Sleep during labor
Labour pain might mostly continue for hours. A small power nap is a common suggestion by all gynecologists to revive the lost energy. It might feel impossible with the intermittent pain that pulls your nerves apart. But this helps you in rejuvenating your energy so that you are pumped up to push later.
3. Get up and move
Natural childbirth is not just about sitting on the stretcher and pushing the baby. You can try a few exercises for pregnant women or get up and have a walk at regular intervals. You can also do some squats or take a nice warm shower.
4. Do not scream
The stigma created by the visual media makes the pregnant women scream their hell out. Understandable that you are going through pain. However, it is better to stay calm, relax and take deep breaths. The calmer you deal with it, the easier it could be.
5. Break of water bag
Remember the water bag in your uterus can break anywhere, at any given time. Whether you are in a coffee shop or in the middle of your sleep, remember to stay calm and composed and tell yourself, ‘This is natural’.
6. Contraction pain
Often I have heard many women say, contraction pain is just like menstrual pain. Yes, it is like menstrual pain. Nevertheless, the intensity of the pain gets worse as time progress. So tell yourself, it’s all going to be worth it in the end.
7. The process of push
Do not try to physically push and strain your body. A little effort, just like how you do it when you go to defecate, is enough. Your body will eventually fall into the natural rythym.
8. Foot traffic
Trust me when I say, a lot of professional people, will come and look in between your legs. If it’s a tiny hospital, you can be spared the horror, else it would be an unpleasant experience that you must willingly endure. So do not feel tight. Relax and allow the intervention.