With the development of modern medicine there are many options to choose from for delivering your baby. According to Healthy People , nearly 85 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. enter labor at “low risk” for problems. Some of these women with low-risk pregnancies choose to go “natural” to avoid any perceived risks that medications could pose for the mother or baby. For mothers-to-be gravitating towards an unmedicated delivery, without an epidural or IV pain medication, there are a few things you should know to prepare yourselves. Below is some advice when choosing an unmedicated childbirth.
Eat Healthy, Exercise
During your pregnancy, it is best to eat healthy and exercise to prepare your body for delivery. Prenatal yoga is helpful because certain stances can help increase flexibility in your hips, which will help when it’s time to push. You can do this for about 30 minutes one or two days a week.
Foregoing modern medicine can be a little scary. It is important to surround yourself with people who support your decision. When searching for an obstetrician, clearly discuss the reasons why you would like an unmedicated birth and ask any questions you may have. Your obstetrician should be able to provide you with all the information you seek and tailor a birth plan to accommodate your choices.
When you are in labor, have people around who will be there to hold your hand and support your decision to forego pain medication. You may also want to look into hiring a doula. Doulas serve as birth coaches and are there to lend support to women and their families and provide encouragement and information through late pregnancy, labor and birth.
With an unmedicated childbirth, the mother-to-be is in control. You will be leading the labor and delivery process, dealing with it in any way you are comfortable. This is also the time when all the exercising you did during your pregnancy can help you through labor. You should have stronger muscles, which will help prepare your body for the stress of labor.
Labor is painful. One way to help ease the pain of labor and take control of the process is by using breathing exercises. The Lamaze technique, one of the more popular methods, uses relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, distraction, and massage to help you cope with the pain. A few other things you can try are hypnosis, yoga, meditation, walking and changing positions.
To learn more about unmedicated child birth, schedule an appointment online with Contemporary Women’s Care or call (407) 478-6249 today.