Natural child-birth, medicinal child-birth or a combination. If you want a natural childbirth I recommend getting ready for this prior to conceiving and continuing throughout your pregnancy. Childbirth is very taxing on the body, mind, marriage and bank account. So if you havent been getting ready before pregnancy you can still start now.. Here is a link to a previous article that can help you with that. Tucked inside this article are other links with plenty more information. Here is that link:
So if you have ready let’s get started with the in’s and out’s of natural child-birth.
Get your provider (s) : It is a must to interview and select a provider that genuinely shares your birthing philosophy and has participated in natural child births to back their experience up… (midwife,birthing , supportive obgyn.) and by selecting them as early as possible isessesential in keeping it natural. The better prepared you are the less stress and less complications. The providers are booked sometimes a leap into the future so you need to get started.
Doula: Do you intend on hiring a Birthing doula? Having any form of continuous physical and emotional support (other than your medical team) have been shown to make labor shorter and a more positive experience – See more at: http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2013/08/giving-birth-naturally-9-tips-to-prepare#sthash.J1m69IJS.dpuf
Get your childbirth classes, childbirth class types are: Bradley Method, Hypnobirthing, lamaze, water delivery, Alexander Technique which is less popular..
Breastfeeding classes scheduled now if you intend on taking them these classes fill up fast.
If you are using a birthing Doula she may be educated and to provide both these for you . You just need to consult a Doula that you intend to use. Some doula’s are educated in yoga and reflexology for mom and infant.
Birthing plan: I recommend getting your birthing plan done early that way you can make changes through out your pregnancy as you learn of new technique’s . Your doula or mid wife can help you with this.
Select your birthing location: You can have a natural birth in the hospital, now there are birthing centers everywhere.. Or You can give birth at home. Some choose the hospital it give them an added reassurance knowing a medical team is there to respond to an emergency. Birthing centers provide a home like feeling and environment to add a peace and relaxation that may facilitate a natural birth, and there is a medical team to provide emergency treatment if necessary.
Now let’s get that body ready…
This is key to a natural birth.
Nutrition: Keeping your diet as natural as possible is the best method. Choosing organic, nutritionally dense, eating 10 to 12 vegi’s a day are recommended. If you are a meat and egg eater choose : grass-fed, antibiotic free, hormone free meats are a must. Eggs and Milk need to be antibiotic free and hormone free as well.
Supplements are very nutritionally supportive. Here are a few and remember consult with your provider before starting any supplement routine.
The prenatal vitamin: I recommend staying away from herbals during pregnancy, keeping in mind that medications are often herbal based. So I recommend a food based vitamin. I like “Baby and Me (herb free) can be purchased at Mega foods.
Next on the list is B complex: I like the garden of life this is where you will be getting your folate/folic acid.
In the first trimester I am in love with B6 to decrease morning sickness and believe me you can really tell it if you didn’t take it because it is likely you will wake up the next day nauseated. Now after the first trimester you can cut this one, it has already served it’s purpose.
This one you probably aren’t going to like the idea but fermented cod liver oil : The one I like is Fermented Cod liver oil Oslo orange or you can get the plain. The benefits strongly out weigh the taste. Here is a link to the many benefits: http://www.modernalternativehealth.com/2012/10/19/the-many-health-benefits-of-cod-liver-oil/#.ViznbX6rTnA
For digestive health: Raw Enzymes can be purchased at most health food stores. and probiotic I recommend the Healthy Trinity. Also add Magnesium citrate to facilitate waste removal. If you don’t want to take it , it comes in an oil you can use on your skin. magnesium oil.
*again check with your provider before starting any supplements*****
Exercise: *** you guessed it…..check with your provider before starting an exercise regimen..******
Choose a program that is tailored for pregnancy. Always keeping in mind the shift in belly bump can throw you off-balance so be careful.
Walking should be a part of your daily routine.
Final thoughts from Simply Mommy on Natural Childbirth:
You are probably in love with the idea of natural child-birth, you planned it, you dreamed of it, it is the best for baby and mommy. But keep in mind that not every birth goes as planned , in fact most don’t. If you do encounter a problem that requires you to have a medicinal birth, you need to let yourself grieve that loss of natural child-birth, it is perfectly natural to feel let down and hurt.
Also keeping in mind that Full natural child-birth is only for low risk mommy’s. But even if you are at high risk you still have options and can be as natural as possible so check with your provider on what options you have regarding your pregnancy and birth.