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Six tips to increase your chances of having a natural birth

Childbirth is an experience that lasts in a mother’s memories throughout her life. One of the most challenging things for a mother is how to give birth, naturally. Every mother wishes to have a memorable birthing experience which she can cherish throughout her life.

Preparation, mentally and physically, for the pregnancy, aids natural birth. With the right knowledge and support, one can overcome the fear of childbirth and increase your chance of having a natural birth.

Natural birthing is a process of delivering a baby without unnecessary interventions. A mother can increase her chances of a natural birth and avoid induced/c-section delivery by preparing herself for the challenges she may experience during childbirth. Below are six few tips that can help you to increase your possibility of a natural birth:

1. Eat and exercise right

Get in touch with your obstetrician during the pregnancy, eat healthy food and exercise enough to keep your body physically active. The right diet and exercise can help you to keep your baby healthy and build up enough strength and endurance required for natural birth.

2. Opt for childbirth classes

Attend childbirth classes before and during the pregnancy to learn about the labor process and techniques to gather enough knowledge and confidence to prepare you for a natural birth.

3. Follow relaxation and breathing techniques

Pregnancy brings a toll of emotional and hormonal changes in your body. Especially in cases of first pregnancy, birthing can be quite a stressful event. Therefore, it is important to learn and practice relaxation and breathing methods to help you curb down all the panic that can arise later.

4. Avoid negative thoughts

Make sure you don’t get influenced by relatives or friends who have gone through a difficult birthing experience. Every woman has a different experience so it is important for you to focus on what is important to you.

5. Stay at home until active labour

You should try to spend most of your early labour at home itself until your contractions increase. If you feel uncomfortable, it’s important to first get in touch with your obstetrician and they will advise accordingly. Move around, stay calm, take a shower, or drink water.

6. Have the right support

During pregnancy, having a consistent support can make a huge difference. Connect and spend time with your partner throughout your pregnancy. You can also consider having a professional help to enhance your birthing experience. A doula is trained to support the mother-to-be during her birthing process and also care for the mothers and newborns around childbirth.

Natural birth is considered to be safe and healthy for the baby. The benefits are invaluable and innumerable. With the right guidance and support it can be an empowering feeling. While you prepare yourself for a natural birth, it is important that you consult your obstetrician to understand the risks and available options for natural birth.

Disclaimer: Indian Health Bureau does not claim any responsibility for the information contained in this article. The information may not hold good for everyone. The post is for general awareness only and should not be construed as a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Please consult your doctor to know what is good for you.



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