If you’re a first time mom, you’re probably wondering how you can prepare for giving birth. As a mom who has just given birth to her 6th child in yet another, unplanned and emergency c-section, I’m here to tell you that you can do it! You can be prepared and ready for the birth you want, even when your birth experience throws you a curve ball.
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When it comes to giving birth, there’s a lot of wonder and mystery surrounding it – especially when it’s your first time. You can’t help but think about the pain, what your baby will look like, and if everything will go as planned.
While you really need to be flexible since nothing ever goes the way we want it to, there are things you can do to help prepare for giving birth as a new mom.
Learn as much as you can
As they say, knowledge is power! It’s true in this case too. Many times, new moms get a sense of fear surrounding giving birth. This can cause a lot of stress and anxiety and in turn make it harder on your body during delivery.
No matter if you’re birthing at home, at a birth center, or in a hospital, the best thing you can do is learn all you can about the birthing process. Your body is designed to do this – you just have to learn all about it so you can create that mindset to trust what’s happening.
Utilize your support system
While in today’s world we’ve seemed to have lost much of the village community, I won’t be the first one to say having a strong support system will be incredibly helpful. No matter if it’s your husband, your mother, your best friend, or your neighbor.
Let them be there for you! If you need someone there for your birth, make sure everyone knows what you need from them. If you want them after you give birth to help with the baby – making meals or cleaning up – make sure you ask!
Utilizing whatever support system you have will help you to ease your nerves. Don’t go at it alone if you don’t have to! You can even turn to Facebook groups for help if you deem it to be necessary.
Be your own advocate
Many new moms are unaware they can (and should!) be in control of the details surrounding their birth. I highly suggest making a birth plan to go over with your doctor or midwife so everyone is on the same page. But also make sure you have a backup plan in mind!
During delivery – make sure you keep your doctor or midwife accountable for following your wants and needs. It’s your birth and you should not feel like you have to do anything that you’re not comfortable with. If you prefer something else – speak up! Be your own advocate at all times.
In conclusion, the best thing you can do is trust the process. Trust your body, those around you, and speak up if anything seems wrong. You got this mama!
Tell me in the comments – what are you doing (or what have you done in the past) to prepare for giving birth? I’d love to hear about it!