There are many fears that come with pregnancy and delivering a baby. They’re not without merit, which is why we’re addressing them today in the blog. Knowing the facts about what takes place during the laboring process is key because it eases your mind about the things that will happen to your body as it naturally prepares to deliver.

There are ways to mentally and physically ready yourself for the process of labor. The following list offers suggestions that work well for most mothers. If you are having a high-risk pregnancy, Dr. Ahmadinia may ask you to try other things to help coax the baby into position. That way, you won’t necessarily need a C-section and can give birth naturally.

Here are some of the ways you can prepare yourself for labor:

  • Make Labor 101 your field of study. In the nine months that you’ll spend pregnant, there will be opportunities to learn about the birthing process. Read up on the subject, watch videos, and acquire tools such as a birthing ball to assist you on your journey to delivering a healthy baby. Ask Dr. Ahmadinia for tips and literature that could assist you in your pursuit of a safer, easier birthing experience.
  • Do yoga poses daily. A regular practice during pregnancy helps relax your mind, strengthen your body, and makes you more flexible. When it’s time to deliver, you’ll be thankful for the hours spent on your yoga mat. A deeply personal practice, it’s a form of exercise that you’ll continue doing long after the baby is born.
  • Add to your pregnancy relief toolkit. Learn what it means to breathe deeply to control pain. Fill your abdomen with air, hold it for a count of three, and release your breath. You can also use a heating pad to provide temporary relief for the sore spots on your body. Anything you find comforting to do while you prepare to push is recommended. Some women use visualization techniques that allow their mind to go somewhere peaceful such as by the ocean while preparing for delivery.

Now that you have some ways to prepare yourself for labor, you’ll be ready when it’s time to deliver. You’ll have packed your bag for the hospital, practiced deep breathing, and prepared your mind and body for baby. Before you know it, you’ll be welcoming your sweet boy or girl into the world. From all of us at OBGYN High Desert, we want to congratulate you on the birth of your child!