Having a baby is one of the most fulfilling and life-changing things a woman will ever experience in her lifetime. It is also one of the most stressful, painful and worrying times in her life too.
However, don’t worry as this pain can be avoided or reduced these days. Below, we have compiled a list of ways to help you relieve your pain during the pregnancy phase.
Being pregnant is already stressful enough. New mothers do not need any more stress or negative energy, so don’t add on to it but get rid of it!
Some childbirth experts even believe that this will eat away at a mother’s subconscious and create a kind of mental block while she is giving birth. You wouldn’t want that happening to yourself at such a crucial moment right?
To prevent that from happening, all you have to do is remove all sorts of things that will a cause mother to feel distressed or worried and instead think positively whenever you can.
Getting a prenatal massage
Doctors have recommended prenatal massages to many expecting mothers as there are many advantages that one can obtain. The many benefits include reduced stress, reduced soreness and pain, increase in blood circulation and lymph circulation and decreased swelling.
If you are interested in a prenatal massage session, then you should not have to worry about finding a prenatal massage therapist as it is not difficult at all. However, though there are many choices out there, you have to make sure that you choose the right one with proper qualifications and favourable reviews for the best experience and results.
Taking a warm bath
Taking a lukewarm bath is an excellent idea for pregnant women who have achy joints and experience swelling frequently. Just be sure that you have someone to help you get in and out to avoid slipping on the wet floor.
One of the most critical things to take note of is the temperature of the water. Make sure that the water is not boiling as this will raise your body temperature, which will restrict the blood flow and put your baby under stress. However, if a warm bath is still too much for your body to handle, then you should opt for a warm shower instead as the soothing effect can still be felt either way.
Joining a birth class
Joining a childbirth class for your second trimester is a great idea.
It will prepare you for what to expect during labour, give you childbirth options, teach you breathing techniques, better sleeping positions and even teach you other relevant methods that can help you take away any birth-related stress or anxiety.
Reading childbirth books
Having a few childbirth books around will help to educate you about pregnancy and what your life will be like while you are pregnant, and after giving birth.
It may seem like a chore or a meaningless thing to do, but it will actually give you the knowledge that you need to go through this period. So, pick up some books and start reading, it will not only make you knowledgeable but give you a sense of relief as you will be well-prepared once you are pregnant.
Finding an individual or a group to offer support during pregnancy is an excellent form of help during labour. They will help to provide both emotional and physical support which, according to several studies, leads to a less stressful and even less painful delivery.
Preparing the rest of your children
If you already have children, especially younger ones, you must prepare them for the news of your newborn. Slowly explain to them the situation and what they should expect.
Make sure to answer their questions and address any fears that they might have as they some of them are still at a young age and they do not know of such things and become paranoid and worried if the situation is not made clear to them.
Packing a go-bag
Having a go bag is very important. Your water may break at any time and you will not have time to be packing a bag to bring to the hospital.
As your due date approaches, pack a duffle bag with everything you will need at the hospital for your own comfort. Have your partner double check to make sure you have everything from your toothbrush and socks to your pillow.
Preparing for birth is something the whole family should be engaged in. Having a baby changes thing and it is good to be prepared.