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5 Easy Tips You Need to Know for a Normal Delivery

Giving birth is one of the most natural experiences a woman can have. But a normal delivery is often perceived to be a risky and unbearably painful experience. That is simply because of the lack of knowledge about normal delivery.

With the right kind of support from your gynecologist and preparation in the antenatal period, you can expect to have a smooth normal delivery experience, provided there are no medical complications in the antenatal period.  Read on to learn some normal delivery tips.

Normal Delivery Tips – How to prepare for a normal delivery?

These 5 tips for pregnant women will help you prepare for a normal delivery and experience the sense of achievement that comes from birthing your own baby.

1.  Choose a doctor with a high normal delivery rate

In 2016, our staff unit of gynecologists achieved an 88% normal delivery rate for first-birth, low-risk mothers who had crossed 37 weeks and had a single baby in the head down position.

When it comes to deciding on a gynecologist, ask your doctor about her cesarean rate and make your preference for a normal delivery clear.

Talk to other women who have delivered with the doctor to get a sense of her cesarean rate.

“The cesarean rate for first-time mothers with a single foetus, in the normal head down position who have crossed 37 weeks should be less than 25%”, says Dr. Swati Sinha, consultant obstetrician-gynecologist at Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research.

Suveksha Lama was 37 years old and overweight. Hear how she had an empowering birth experience with the support of her family and doctors, despite the odds.

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2. Understand the benefits of a normal delivery

A normal delivery is safer for the mother and the baby.

A cesarean puts the mother at increased risk of serious complications in future pregnancies or surgery.

Babies born vaginally have lower risks of respiratory problems at birth. They also have lower risk of developing diabetes, asthma and obesity in later life.

Related Post: C-Section Delivery: 9 Indications Where It May be Avoidable!

3. Watch your weight and exercise regularly

It’s important to not put on excessive weight during your pregnancy.

‘Eating for two’ is actually just a myth!

The extra calories you need depends on your weight before pregnancy and is typically in the range of 200-300 KCal.

“Don’t forget to exercise every day. If you’ve led a sedentary lifestyle, start with a 10-15 minute walk and gradually increase it to 40 minutes daily. Exercise helps you build the stamina that is required to go through labour” sums up Dr. Swati.

4. Pick a birth partner

Find someone who can be with you throughout your time in the labour room. For many women this partner is their husband, but it could be anyone else who you trust.

Your partner should attend an antenatal class to learn how to give you a massage, help you with labour exercises, and provide emotional support.

5. Trust yourself

Women’s bodies are designed to give birth. Trust your instincts to guide you through labour. Do your labour exercises, practice deep breathing, and focus on the baby.

For generations, births took place in homes with support from family members. Most well-prepared women should expect to go through labour without any complications.

Normal birth is normal and all healthy women with an uncomplicated pregnancy deserve to have one.

What  Foods for Normal Delivery Should You Eat?

Many women battle with morning sickness in the first trimester and find they can eat very little.

“It is common to eat less in the first trimester due to excessive nausea and some of you may actually lose weight “ says Dr Swati.

“There is nothing to worry as your baby will only be 50-60 grams at the end of 3 months.”

Read: How to Plan Your First Trimester Diet

As the second trimester advances and your appetite slowly returns, women begin to wonder what foods they can eat during pregnancy.

“Half your meal should contain fruits and vegetables, while the remainder should consist of lean protein (lentils, milk, cheese etc) and whole grains” informs Dr Swati.

“Eat small meals every 3-4 hours, and keep yourself well hydrated. Make it a point not to skip any meals during pregnancy.”

Need help planning your pregnancy diet? Refer to our sample pregnancy diet charts!

What Pregnancy Exercises for Normal Delivery Can You Do?

Many to-be-mothers come in with questions like “How can I increase my chances of normal delivery?” or “Is normal delivery very painful?”

One answer to such questions is to exercise and stay as active as possible, as this will help you build stamina and also face labour with confidence.

There are many exercises for normal delivery that we recommend.

You could begin going for walks in the afternoon to avoid high levels of pollution in the morning hours. As you become comfortable with including regular physical activity in your routine, you could practice squats or bouncing on the ball exercises. These help bring the baby down and also ease the pain from contractions.

Also Read: 5 Safe Antenatal Exercises for Pregnant Women [with VIDEOS]

How Should you deal with Normal Delivery Pain?

Women who’ve delivered with us often tell us what a relief it was that they had their birth partners by their side during labour.

Just the presence of a loved one to motivate you and give you a back massage can greatly ease normal delivery pain.

And remember that you always have the option of an epidural for painless delivery.

Read: How to Reduce Labour Pain: 3 Effective Tips

What Should You Expect When You Come in During Labour?

It can be quite intimidating to not know what to expect when you come to the hospital during labour.  

“One of the key tips for a normal delivery is to take a tour of the hospital where you will be delivering so you will know where to go when you come in during labour” suggests Dr Swati. “Knowing the procedure in advance helps lessen any anxiety and helps with smooth progress in labour.”

Watch Video: What to Expect When You Come in During Labour

Meet Our Normal Delivery Experts

Our unit of full-time obstetrician – gynecologists have been actively working to reduce our cesarean rates over the last decade.

In 2016, we achieved an 88% normal delivery rate for first-birth, low-risk mothers who had crossed 37 weeks and had a single baby in the head down position.

Our consultants are supported by nursing staff who are trained to help women in labour.

“When you enter the labour room, there will be one nurse dedicated to you who will remain with you throughout labour” assures Dr Swati.

Meet our Gynecologists here or Learn more about our Maternity Program

What are the Charges for a Normal Delivery?

We believe that all women deserve to give birth in a safe, environment that has 24-hours onsite gynecologists and pediatricians, well-trained nurses, functional  operation theater as well as a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Charges at Sitaram Bhartia reflect the quality of the infrastructure and health professionals who are dedicated to providing personalised attention to every mother.Learn normal and cesarean delivery charges at Sitaram Bhartia.

If you have any more questions about a vaginal delivery, feel free to reach out to us at 011 4211 1111.

This article has been written with editorial inputs from Dr. Swati Sinha and Dr. Rinku Sengupta, Consultants, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sitaram Bhartia Hospital. They have keen interest in natural birth and encourage low-risk pregnant women to at least try for a normal delivery.

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