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. These 5 tips will help you prepare for a normal delivery and experience the sense of achievement that comes from birthing your own baby.
1. Be informed
A normal delivery is safer for the mother and the baby.
A cesarean puts the mother at increased risk of bladder and bowel injuries and can even cause serious complications in future pregnancies.
Babies born vaginally have lower risks of respiratory problems at birth, and diabetes, asthma and obesity in later life.
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2. Choose your doctor wisely
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.
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3. Watch your weight and exercise regularly
It’s important to not put on excessive weight during your pregnancy.
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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 had 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.
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.
Women’s bodies are designed to give birth. Trust your instincts to guide you through your 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.
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