Tips to prepare for childbirth

Parentree-editors 2008-08-19 03:59:55

These tips describe some activities that can help you prepare for labour, delivery and childbirth.

  • Once you reach the third trimester, you should talk to your doctor about labour and delivery during your regular visits.  Learn your options for pain relief.  Find out how to reach your doctor once you go into labour.
  • If you are taking childbirth classes and want dad or a support person with you in the delivery room, check with your hospital if they allow this. Many hospitals in India currently do not allow anyone inside the delivery room (people are allowed in the labour room but not in the delivery room). An early check will prevent disappointment later.
  • Before you reach the last few weeks of pregnancy, you and your partner should visit the hospital, nursing home or birthing centre. Make sure you know how to get there, where to park and where to check-in. Pre-register with them so that all your insurance and other information is in the computer system when you arrive.
  • Many women do Kegel exercises (where you exercise or strain and flex your pelvic muscles with which control your urine) on a daily basis in their third trimester or throughout their pregnancy. This will strengthen your pelvic area and help you in labour and childbirth.
  • Regular exercise in your pregnancy, especially walking, tones up your muscles and helps in labour as well.
  • Designate a support person who will support and guide you during labour. Many women choose their husbands or mothers or some other person close to them.
  • Take a childbirth class with your spouse (or support person) to learn about labour and breathing and other techniques for pain relief. Call your doctor, or hospital for class information. Talk to other Parentree parents about this.
  • It is important to realize that labour pain is not like pain due to illness or injury. Instead, it has a purpose—pain is caused by contractions of the uterus that are pushing your baby down your birth canal and into this world!
  • Share your fears with your spouse or friends
  • Talk to other Parentree parents for tips. Join the Parentree group of soon-to-be Indian moms who are expecting in the same month as you.


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