Ah, the last weeks of pregnancy – the final stretch before the grand arrival of your little bundle of joy! These last weeks can be especially tricky and uncomfortable. Imagine you wake up at 2 a.m. feeling something weird in your belly. Is it just gas or the real deal? You start doing the “Am-I-In-Labor?” dance, where you pace around, Google symptoms and contemplate calling your mom, your best friend, and your neighbor for advice.
That is just the tip of the iceberg because once you finally arrive at the hospital, that is when the real deal begins. Although some cases of birth injury are inevitable, some are also because of the negligence of the doctors or the staff.
Do not freak out! You can still have a perfectly healthy baby. All you have to do is stay fit and follow the tips.
As you gear up for the grand finale of pregnancy – labor, and delivery, here are some tips and tools you might need for a safer and easier labor. Keep reading!
Preventing Birth Injuries
The foremost way to lower the risk of birth injuries is proper prenatal care. Your doctor should conduct tests such as those for gestational diabetes, any infection, or preeclampsia. Doctors can often detect certain fetal issues such as slow growth, suboptimal positions, heart-rate issues, and umbilical cord problems.
However, once you go into labor, the doctor must do everything possible to ensure safe delivery. If you believe your child’s birth injuries are due to medical negligence or malpractice, finding the right lawyer can be crucial to seek justice and obtaining compensation for your child’s future care and medical needs. You can search for some of the best birth injury attorneys in your area or those specializing in medical malpractice and hire one with ample experience and a successful track record handling birth injury cases.
Ultimately, trust your instincts when choosing a lawyer. Pick someone you feel comfortable working with and who shows genuine concern for your child’s well-being.
Exercising, especially pelvic floor exercises, can help strengthen the muscles that support your uterus, bladder, and bowels. A strong pelvic floor can aid in the pushing stage of labor, making it more effective and efficient.
You can even join a yoga class or prenatal Pilates to enhance your flexibility and range of motion. This increased flexibility can be beneficial during labor and delivery, allowing for better positioning and movement.
Exercise can help alleviate common pregnancy discomforts such as back pain, leg cramps, and swollen ankles. Feeling more comfortable during pregnancy can positively impact your emotional well-being and mental state leading up to labor.
Remember, before starting any exercise regimen during pregnancy, consult with your healthcare provider. They can offer personalized advice based on your individual health and pregnancy status.
Labor is like a marathon, except you don’t need to carb-load. However, keeping your energy up is crucial. Snack smart with energy-packed goodies. Remember, you’re growing a tiny human, so treat yourself to the occasional burger or pizza; they can be emotional support too!
Go for the ice cream and pickles combo, and remember to add the chocolate sauce for that extra flair. Embrace your pregnancy cravings with open arms!
However, ensure you have a balanced diet that ensures you and your baby receive the necessary nutrients for optimal health and growth. Proper nourishment supports the development of your baby’s organs and helps you stay strong and energized during labor. Nutrient-rich foods can also bolster your immune system, reducing the risk of infections or illnesses that could complicate labor.
Taking childbirth classes
Taking a childbirth class is as essential as a side of guac! Childbirth classes offer evidence-based information about the labor and delivery process and the postpartum period. Understanding what to expect during childbirth empowers parents to make informed decisions about their birth preferences and care options.
Not just that, but childbirth classes can teach various coping techniques, relaxation methods, and breathing exercises to manage pain and anxiety during labor. Make sure that your partner is also attending the classes. Attending a childbirth class together allows partners to be actively involved in the birthing process.
Staying mobile during birth
Channel your inner Michael Jackson and attempt the “Moonwalk Your Labor Away” challenge. Slide through those contractions like you’re defying gravity! Who says you can’t dance your way to 10 centimeters?
No, it’s not just for entertainment! Rocking your pelvis and swaying side to side can help ease discomfort and create a soothing rhythm to ride the waves of contractions. Walking, swaying, and rotating your hips like a tango pro can help rotate the baby into the optimal position for delivery. It’s a dance of teamwork with your little tango partner!
Don’t be afraid of making noise.
Yes, labor contractions are extremely painful. Hence, do not shy away from making all the weird noises. It will allow your birthing muscles to open up, making the labor easier and less painful.
You might even discover an impressive range of vocalizations you didn’t know you were capable of. From mooing like a cow to yodeling like a pro, you’re now auditioning for the lead role in “Noises of Labor: The Musical.”
Finding that perfect birthing position
Do not shy away from finding that perfect birthing position.
You can try the “Pregnant Pretzel Twist” position. Stretch and twist gently to release tension and encourage your baby to find the best birthing position. If that does not work out for you, you can strike a powerful pose with the “Lunge-n-Labor” position! Take a step forward, then a step back, until you feel the contractions subside.
You can also nestle into the “Cradled Cuddle” position with the support of your partner or a birthing ball. This nurturing pose eases pressure on your back and helps you feel comforted during labor. When nothing helps, walking up and down the stairs can help ease the pain. Slowly walk up and down stairs like you’re ascending to a magical birth experience!
Remember, every pregnancy is a unique journey; there’s no one-size-fits-all experience. Listen to your body, trust your instincts, and reach out for support when needed. Soon, you’ll be holding your precious baby in your arms, and all the waiting and anticipation will be worth it. We wish you a safe and healthy delivery and baby!