Are you nearing the end of your pregnancy? You probably have your nursery ready and the carseat installed. But have you thought about mentally and physically prepping for labor?
Don’t forget to spend some time thinking about the big day, and planning some things to help make you stronger – physically and mentally. Here are four things to do to prepare. Read on:
Before you start any physical activity, be sure to talk to your midwife or doctor. That said, walking is one of the best things you can do to get your mind and body ready for labor. It’s relaxing, it strengthens your muscles, you get fresh air…and it can help get labor going if you are at your due date but baby hasn’t shown up yet.
If you have fears or concerns, now is the time to talk to someone (a doula, a friend, your partner, your midwife or doctor) so you can sort them out and come up with a plan. Having fears and concerns is totally normal and the best news is, your support team likely has an answer and solution!
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to study up on childbirth and then have a few tools in your labor toolkit so you can manage pain. And if you have the means, hire a doula to support you and your partner. Many doulas also offer childbirth classes, as well.
Once you prepare and educate yourself, the best gift you can give yourself is to just let go of the worry and fear. Your body is made to do this. You and your baby are a great team already.
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