Giving birth is hard work and it requires mental training and a lot of energy. Remember the following tips or make a checklist – it’s not far now!
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Stop running around trying to do too much. Really! – Slow down these last weeks before the day the baby is expected.
Get a lot of sleep, even during the daytime.
Eat well and eat enough
Get prepared mentally
Practice breathing and relaxation techniques
Talk to your partner or supporting friend about the delivery – write a birth plan letter
Read, think, and talk about the various stages of delivery
Don’t make any decisions in advance about what pain management you will have. You don’t know what your delivery will be like
Don’t approach labor with fear – reflect and meet your feelings and talk to someone about it
Encourage yourself: labor pain is a positive force that moves you forward to the goal
Dare to trust your body. Childbirth is a natural process
Communicate regularly with your care provider to build a good rapport. If you don’t feel comfortable with your care provider, ask to be assigned someone else – it is your childbirth
Be comfortable receiving help, be comfortable asking for help
Try to follow processes – don’t be an obstacle
Remember that labor lasts for a limited amount of time – it has a start and it has an end
Focus on the awesome outcome – the baby!
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