1. Write Down Your Birth Preferences
I’m sure there are some things you’d like to happen during your birth. By writing down your preferences, it can let your birth support people know what you’d like and help you switch off your thinking brain when you’re in labor. During your pregnancy, spend time exploring all your choices.
When exploring your options for birth, you may like to think about:
Other Things To Think About Are
2. Get A Massage
Did you know that women who have massages in pregnancy can increase their oxytocin levels (aka; the love hormone)? This means when you go into labour, the body responds better to the natural release of this hormone. It can help labour to progress more smoothly and efficiently. Massage also helps you feel relaxed and calmer and can help your body feel more open
3. Walk Regularly
Regular walks help you feel healthy and build your fitness during pregnancy. Doing exercise releases endorphins (the feel-good hormone) so it helps you feel happier and more positive. It can also release tension and help your muscles become stronger which will help during labour. Walking increases flexibility and helps encourage baby into a good position for birth. Start by doing 15-30mins three times a week and build up to 45-60mins most days.
4. Freeze Some Healthy Meals And Set Up A ‘Meal Train’
During your pregnancy, prepare some nutritious meals that can be frozen. This will help make dinner that bit easier when you are tired and/or breastfeeding your new baby. Popping some home-made soup in the saucepan will provide an easy and nutritious meal.
Warm and easy-to-digest foods like soups, broths and stews will help the new mother to make good breast milk for her baby. You can also ask a friend to set up a ‘meal train’ using www.mealtrain.com. Your community would love to help you feel nurtured. There is a beautifully written book called ‘The first forty days’ that contains some lovely nourishing recipe ideas as well as tips for thriving in the postpartum time. I highly recommend it!
5. Pack A Birth Bag
Even if you’re birthing at home, it can be good to have all your supplies in one place. If you’re birthing in a birth centre or a hospital, there are some useful things to consider taking.
You may like to pack:
Download this free natural birth checklist that covers practical tips and natural suggestions for the three stages of labor. Start feeling more confident about your birth plan.