Labor brings pregnancy to an end. Your pregnancy will be a happy and successful one if you have easy and successful labor. Given this, it is important that you prepare well for your labor. Below are some of the tips that you should apply in order to have an easier labor.
Do regular exercise
Keeping fit is good for pregnant women. It will not only help them to keep in shape and regain their shape after birth, it will also help them to have an easier labor. However, it is not every type of exercise that is good for pregnant women. Cardiovascular exercise like walking and swimming will do you some good. However, you can also take prenatal fitness classes or meet with a fitness expert to suggest good pregnancy exercise for you.
Taking some light snack during the early labor stage will help you to keep up with your energy level. However, it is not every type of snack that is good for you. You should avoid snacks that are hard to digest and fatty snacks. Having a too-full stomach is not good during the later stage of labor. It can make you to nauseate and vomit.
Drink enough liquid
Normally, pregnant women suffer from rapid breathing and muscle contractions. These will make them to become dehydrated easily. It has also been discovered through studies that doubling the amount of intravenous fluid administered to women in labor helps to reduce the labor period more than one hour. Therefore take enough water at home if you are in labor and let your doctors know when you are dehydrated.
Enroll in a childbirth class
It is good that you enroll in a childbirth class to learn stages of childbirth and comfort measures to take. Attending these classes and putting into practice what you have learnt will help you to have easy labor.
Enlist good support
Labor can be very painful. But having people especially your partner around you during labor will do you some good. The people around will comfort you and care for you during this moment. Tender loving care during this period will do you some good.
Be calm and try to distract yourself
Labour can last for 12 to 14 hours for first-time mothers. When symptoms of labor begin, you need to be calm and not to worry yourself too much, otherwise you will wear yourself out. You can distract yourself by taking a walk, baking cookies, showering or any other thing that will make you to become relax.
Take a warm shower
Taking a warm shower will give you some relief from pain. You can also get in the tub and soak yourself in a whirlpool.
It is recommended that you stay upright throughout much of your labor period. By so doing, you will bring gravity to your advantage. Your cervix will become wider as the head of the baby is pressing on it. You must not stand up throughout. You can also try other means of staying upright like squatting and kneeling.
· Keep breathing
· Take your medication