How do I Prepare for Childbirth without Painful Medication?
By Dr. Nutan Pakhare
The birth of a child is no different from most of life’s big events. Even though labour is never easy, there are steps you can take toward making your childbirth preparation experience less stressful, fearful, and clinical, and more comfortable, peaceful, and enjoyable throughout pregnancy and during labour.
The following steps will help you avoid pain medication and enjoy your childbirth experience:
Step 1 – A little preparation goes a long way
The ancient science of birthing emphasized preparation more and suggested starting as early as possible for the best birth experience. There is a great deal of value in learning about pregnancy and childbirth or reading a book written by a couple who has gone through it.
Step 2 – Having the right mentor or guide
A mentor can be a parent, a friend, or an office colleague, although you should also seek out professional advice. Spend some time getting to know your doctor, yoga teacher or midwife. The purpose of your guidance class is to make sure you know what to expect during pregnancy and labour. Be sure to take the time to ask questions — even if you think they are silly or tough. You can better prepare yourself for birth and labour by knowing your health care provider’s philosophy on pregnant woman management and the frequency with which they apply it in their practice. Contradictions may arise if your philosophy about birth differs from your doctor or yoga trainers.
Step 3 – Attend a prenatal yoga class
The ability to be present and focused is of utmost importance when it comes to prospective parents, especially women who are pregnant. Practising yoga helps with pregnancy and labour by strengthening the whole body, increasing flexibility, and improving focus and endurance. In pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting, yoga can help you relax your mind. Before approaching a doctor or yoga teacher, enquire about his or her certifications and experience in the field.
Step 4 – Develop coping skills
You have a variety of ways to cope with pain, such as breathing, massage, hypnosis, position changes, heat/ice packs, music, rhythm, and rituals.
Step 5 – Learn all the labour positions
Standing, walking, kneeling, slow dancing, sitting, and squatting are all upright positions that allow gravity to assist with baby movement. It is sometimes necessary to rock the baby back and forth on your hands and knees to help it get into position. Getting the baby into the pelvis is like fitting a key into a lock — you just need to jiggle.
In conclusion, expecting mothers should adopt a surrendering attitude and be strong during labour by chanting mantras. Our courses and consultation are available to you if you would like to learn more.