Wednesday, March 7, 2012
So You Want To Try Going Natural...
3 - Get rid of the pain-scale. Either take down or cover up the pain scale poster. Ask your nurse not to aske your pain scale. The last thing you want to do is analyze how much pain you are truly in on a scale from 1-10
4 - Tell your nurse not to offer you an epidural. When you want one, you will ask. Until then, don't bring it up.
5 - Find out if you hospital provides a birthing ball, if not think about buying one. These really do help.
6 - Read at least one, birthing method book. I love the Lamaze book, and I picked and chose what I liked from the hypnobirthing book. Practice the techniques they recommend.
7 - Do a google search of positions for pain relief during labor. There are a lot out there. Just get some in your mind. But when labor comes, you will find yourself naturally going to a position and rhythm that feels good to you. Just don't be afraid to do what feels right. For me it was sitting on a birthing ball up against the bed and stretching my arms over the bed farther and farther with the deepening of the contraction. For a friend it was a slow dance position, putting all her weight on her husband, bending her knees into a crouch and swaying.
Then search birth positions. There are a ton out there to choose from. It is hard to plan on one, because you don't know what will feel right until you are there, but just know what is possible and follow your instincts.
8 - Practice long, deep breathing where you breathe from the bottom of your stomach up.
9 - Practice different relaxation techniques. Everything from guided readings, to meditation, to relaxing one body part on a time. The hypnobirthing book has tons to practice, and they really help.
16 - Above all, remember this. Your body was made to have a baby. You can do this!