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 do you prepare for a normal delivery?
- What Foods for Normal Delivery Should You Eat?
- What Pregnancy Exercises for Normal Delivery Can You Do?
- How Should You Deal with Normal Delivery Pain?
- What Should You Expect When You Come in During Labour?
- Meet Our Normal Delivery Experts
- What are the Charges for a Normal Delivery?
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.
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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.
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
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.”
As the second trimester advances and your appetite slowly returns, women begin to wonder what foods they can eat during pregnancy.
“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.
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.
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.
And remember that you always have the option of an epidural for painless delivery.
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.
“When you enter the labour room, there will be one nurse dedicated to you who will remain with you throughout labour” assures Dr Swati.
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.