In the last several decades, modern medicine has made labor and delivery significantly more comfortable for women in High Desert and throughout the country. However, many Apple Valley women who are considered low-risk at the time of their delivery may opt to try an unmedicated, or natural, childbirth.

This is a birth in which no pain medications are used during the labor. While this is a viable option for many women who wish to pursue it, it is important to remember that labor is very painful, and women will need to keep in mind the following considerations before choosing this route.

What Do I Need to Consider for an Unmedicated Delivery?

You need to prepare your body for the delivery of your baby, and the best way to do this is to adopt healthy habits during your pregnancy. Prioritize your health by enjoying a well-balanced diet on a regular basis. Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein allow your body to feel its best at all times.

In addition, consider adopting a healthy exercise routine. Talk with your health care professional about the types of exercise that might benefit you the most. Prenatal yoga can be especially helpful for those who are considering an unmedicated delivery.

Remember that you are in control throughout the labor and delivery process, and the medical staff will be taking their cues from you. You will want to study natural labor methods prior to your delivery so that you know what options are available to you.

Certain exercises can be performed during the labor that can help you feel more comfortable. Talk with your OBGYN and your nurses about breathing techniques and methods that can be employed during labor that can make you feel more comfortable.

You will want to have a support system on hand to help you through the labor and delivery experience. These people should become your advocate and should be well-versed in your desires for your natural childbirth. Some women like to have family members or friends by their side in addition to their partner.

Others prefer to hire birthing professionals, such as a doula, who can help them throughout the process. Regardless of who you choose to have in the delivery room with you, it’s important that these people are completely and totally supportive at all times. Communicate your desires with them ahead of time so that they know how to best advocate for you when the time comes.

At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we support all of our expectant moms, and we try our best to help them accomplish childbirth in the way that they choose. Whether you are interested in a medicated delivery with the assistance of an epidural or other pain relievers, or you would like to try the natural path to childbirth, we are here to help you.

Our main goal is to keep both you and your newborn baby healthy. It is important to discuss your goals and ideals for childbirth with your OB/GYN throughout your prenatal care.