Thinking about your big day can be nerve-wracking. If you incessantly wonder if you’ll be able to take the pain, you’re not alone. You want to be as prepared as possible, and look for ways and things to do that will hopefully ease the process. The fact is, there will be a pain, and enormously so. That being said, there are things you can do to get yourself ready, as readily explained by a doula we met.
Do lots of reading
The less we know, the more we fear. Doing research and reading up on everything related and leading up to childbirth will not only help you anticipate the things that will happen but also put your heart at ease. Childbirth is sometimes made more excruciating because of the stress hormones we produce, so learning about what’s to come is going to help you a great deal.
Do some light yoga
Yoga makes for good practice because it requires you to breathe steadily no matter the pose. By harmonizing your breathing rhythm, you should be able to do the same during childbirth. Practising yoga is also good for releasing the tension in your lower back, which is wonderful because your lower back is going to ache immensely during childbirth.
Establish your support system
Surrounding yourself with people who care about you is crucial during childbirth. You will soldier through the ordeal by feeding off their energy unconsciously, so do not be afraid of asking someone you’re uncomfortable with to leave the room. Hiring a doula is also one of the best things you can do for yourself. Doulas are trained in helping you keep calm through the process and know the right things to say.
Summon your mental strength
Your body already knows what to do, so have faith that whatever you are feeling is natural and will pass eventually. Embrace the contractions; don’t fight them. The more you resist, the longer you’ll be in labor.
Bringing a tiny human into this world is no easy feat, but you can get yourself in good mental shape by exercising, learning, visualizing, and eating well. Ensure your baby’s health by supplementing your daily diet with Similac Mom, a nutritious milk powder for pregnant and breastfeeding moms. Check out Abbott Nutrition Malaysia’s official website for a detailed product information here: https://abbottnutrition.com.my/products/similac-mom
All the best!