I was recently asked what I did to prepare for natural childbirth. I though this was an excellent question to share among moms with a labor and delivery in their future!
-I took a walk nearly every day. With my first pregnancy I walked the dog and with my second pregnancy I pushed a stroller. I aimed for 3 or more miles a day!
-I took a prenatal vitamin with DHA.
-I spent time at the pool. The weightlessness allowed me to exercise longer and in ways I wouldn’t have felt comfortable on dry land!
-I took prenatal yoga classes.
-I read others’ birth stories! I tried my best to stick to positive ones. Most of Ina May Gaskin’s books have great birth stories. (I also worked as a labor and delivery nurse during both of my pregnancies and loved being surrounded by birth!)
-I listened to the HypnoBirthing affirmations.
-I drank red raspberry leaf tea regularly and at 37 weeks I started taking evening primrose oil orally.
-I adjusted my posture to avoid a posteriorly tilted pelvis and did my best to ensure my baby was in a good position for delivery. I love the Spinning Babies website!
-I chose to be under the care of medical providers who were as passionate about natural childbirth as I was and supported my autonomy in making good decisions for me and my baby.
-I had an EXCELLENT doula scheduled to be with us during labor and birth.
What about you? I’d love to hear how you’ve prepared for natural childbirth!
(Making a belly cast at 40 weeks pregnant with baby #1)