5 Simple Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Body for Labor & Birth

Planning and preparing is a major part of pregnancy. Most of the time it is centered around all of the fun stuff! Like preparing the nursery, planning out outfits, and ordering all of the baby necessities. However, another important way to get ready for your new baby is by preparing your body for labor and birth. The key to experiencing a secure and happy pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum period is to become informed and educated on all of your choices and get ready for what is to come.

Here are 5 simple things you can do to prepare your body for labor and birth!

1. Take a Class

Childbirth education classes are a great way to start preparing. There are classes for all sorts of pregnancy topics such as childbirth, prenatal yoga, breastfeeding, newborn care, VBAC, and so much more. You will walk away from these classes with a greater understanding of what to expect out of labor and birth as well as how to prepare for the experience you want.

2. Breathing

Practicing breathing techniques is great for relaxing your body and mind. During pregnancy and labor, you might experience stress and anxiety, but knowing how to breathe through it and remain calm will help you feel healthy and strong. There are different types of breathing exercises you can do for different situations. Abdominal breathing helps expand the lungs and strengthen abdominal muscles. If you are looking for a way to relax sore and achy muscles, try roll breathing!

3. Rest

Plan, schedule, and prioritize sleep. The better quality sleep you have will help you have more energy throughout the day. Resting and relaxing affect not only your physical state but your mental and emotional state too. Listen to your body and relax and rest as much as you can!

4. Mindset

Positive mindsets have the potential to influence your psychological and physical wellbeing. Getting yourself in a positive mindset can help you trust your body, relax, and manage all of the emotions and feelings that you will experience during labor and birth. Try reading positive birth stories from friends or online, meditate, or practice using affirmations.

5. Exercises

Labor is a physically demanding activity. Strengthening your body so you are ready for the big day will help you have a positive experience. Exercising your body will improve strength, flexibility, balance, digestion, and circulation throughout the entirety of your pregnancy. Here are some optimal exercises you can do at home to prepare for labor!

By putting this list into practice, you will be supporting yourself holistically and become more ready for what labor and birth bring. Never forget your strength and that birth is a normal process for your body. A woman who feels supported, informed, and respected will embrace her journey through birth with empowerment, excitement, and satisfaction. Birth Center Stone Oak offers a safe, caring alternative to expecting mothers and fathers. If you are interested in learning about our services give us a call at 210-481-7549 or send us a message!