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8 Labor Tips for a Smoother Birth

Labor can be – let’s face it – scary.

Whether it’s your first child or your fifth, the time leading up to your delivery can be nerve racking. There are many things you can do to at least ease these nerves. Being prepared is the best thing you can do and there are many ways to prepare for a smoother birth. Read 8 of my top labor tips below.

 

1. Explore different birth positions

Don’t be afraid to try these out! Find out what works the best for your body because every body is different. Some different positions are:

  • squatting
  • being up on all fours
  • sidelying
  • being on your back

Keeping the pelvis open may work in your best favor as it’s easier for the baby to come out. Squatting and being on all fours open the pelvis up just a little bit more than the traditional laying on your back.

 

2. Learn to relax and contract the pelvic floor muscles

Pelvic floor muscles need to not be held tense or else they will shorten up. If they are short or tense, they won’t have as much give and it’ll be harder for the baby to squeeze out.

If you’re going into your birth with a lot of fear and doubt for yourself, then that can take effect during the birth process.

3. Trust your body

This one is self-explanatory. Women have been giving birth for ages. There’s a reason only women can perform this miracle of life and it’s because their bodies can handle it. Trust that yours can too!

4. Prepare a birth plan

Things won’t go exactly as you planned, but share this plan anyway. This will allow you to account for any mishaps that may occur and could put some anxieties at ease.

Trust the process.

5. Create a safe and empowering birthing environment

Setting up your environment could involve:

  • creating a music playlist,
  • having different types of lights, or
  • using essential oils.

Surround yourself with things that are meaningful to you. Also, think about the physical part of your environment such as whether you would benefit from a massage, warm bath, walking, sitting, or leaning onto a big ball. This is your time to shine and to feel as cool as a cucumber.

6. Surround yourself with the right people

You want people around you that love and support you obviously. This process, although natural, can be scary. Have people with you that know you inside and out and can genuinely put your well being first during this process.

7. Do your research

This will allow you to make informed decisions. Knowledge is truly power so do your reading and take birthing classes. Don’t do so much research that you scare yourself but enough that you prepare yourself.

8. Get a pre-birth assessment

Take care of your body and your baby by planning ahead. It’s okay, at any stage, to be nervous so make sure you’re taking the right steps to prepare for that delivery date!

For more labor tips, schedule an appointment online or give me a call at (719) 270-1123. As a Certified Birth Healing Specialist, I not only have the passion but skills to help prepare you for a smoother birth.

Justine Calderwood, MSPT is a holistic physical therapist who is passionate about helping women and men with chronic pain feel better and move easier to overcome trauma, injury, and surgery. She helps women during and after pregnancy to prepare their bodies for smoother births and recover afterwards so they can feel their best while caring for baby. She wants to help you discover the hidden clues to your physical pain, unravel the kinks, and guide you toward authentic healing, regardless of how long you’ve been suffering. Schedule a Discovery Session to see if Justine is the right fit for you as you strive for a happy, balanced, active life.

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