How To Mentally Prepare For Birth

How To Mentally Prepare For Birth

One of the most difficult times in a woman’s life is welcoming a baby. Your body changes, you go through unprecedented hormonal fluctuations and you have to deal with the mental stresses of the stages of pregnancy. On top of all this, you may be worried about what will happen during birth – and while you won’t know until you get there, there are ways to mentally prepare yourself, so that you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

Expectation vs reality

Every birth is different, and it can be incredibly difficult to get yourself ready for the next chapter of your life, even if it’s going to be the happiest one. While many women will tell you that it’s going to be challenging but ultimately worthwhile, it can be a long and stressful process.

Your birth and newborn care will be completely unique, but antenatal classes can still be worth the time

Some women may find that the idea of prenatal classes fills them with apprehension. While you won’t know how your birth will play out, you can get advice on your options for pain relief, what to expect when you arrive at the hospital, tips for nursing, plans for healthy eating, learn how to swaddle your baby, how to properly and safely exercise, birthing positions, and breathing techniques.

A birth plan will be a helpful guide

One of the best ways to prepare yourself for birth is to create a birth plan. Detail all the things you’d like to happen and get together anything you need to make things run as smoothly as possible. For example, if you’d like a water birth, do your research, reach out to your chosen place of delivery to find out about their facilities (if any) and ask what you will need, such as your own towels or a muslin blanket to keep your baby warm afterwards. While anything can happen when the time comes and things may be out of your control, it’s important to feel like you are in charge if your labour is straightforward.

Ready your mind and body

It’s no secret that a calm, positive mindset can promote better physical care and a healthy body. There may be a whole host of things that need to be done, but if you burnout through stress, the consequences could affect your baby. Make some time for yourself every day and set aside any tasks that can wait.

Practicing mindfulness as you navigate your pregnancy can help you to tackle any issues that may arise. Meditation can offer you a deep sense of relaxation and mental rest that you simply can’t achieve alone, so it can be extremely worthwhile to enrol in classes or even find a setlist on YouTube for expectant mothers that can reduce anxiety and promote calm for both you and your baby.

Yoga can be a fantastic way to get some worthwhile exercise in too, so take some deep breaths, do some stretches every morning and work toward a more carefree, composed you.

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Get everything you need together well in advance

Half the battle can be won by getting your birthing bag (sometimes called a mummy bag) put together early. Be sure to include things like breastfeeding items such as a nursing cover and nipple cream, nappies, clothing, snacks and more.

Once you get home, a muslin swaddle can be worthwhile for a lovely sleep time experience for your baby and a nursing chair can help you both to feel much more comfortable.

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