Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Preparing for Labor is Easier Than Most Women Think

For any expecting mother, the thought of labor and delivery is daunting, albeit natural and exciting. Planning for the unknown during labor and delivery is often the best way to avoid any excessive stress. Still, there are a few things mom-to-be can do in preparation for the big day that will help add some certainty into the unknown of the day and possibly help relieve some anxiety. 

Register for Classes

Besides any research done on your own or advice from other mothers, registering for one or more childbirth classes is a great place to start when you're trying to gain more information about what to expect in the delivery room. A childbirth class at your hospital will be helpful in teaching you about standard procedures in the delivery room, allow you a tour of the facility and answer any other medical questions you may have. There are also many classes available for expectant mothers who would like more of a natural birth; yoga and meditation classes specifically intended for pregnant women are where you should look for natural guidance.

Pack your Bag

A hospital bag is something you should pack well in advance; in fact, packing at 37 weeks is not a bad idea considering that is the official date a baby is considered to be ‘full term.’ While the vast majority of women do not go into labor anywhere near 37 weeks, it’s possible that your baby could be born anytime between 37 and 42 weeks. Therefore it’s a good idea to have an overnight bag packed and in the car, ready to go when at a moment’s notice.

Recognize the Signs of Labor

While not all women show signs of impending labor until their contractions start, it is never a bad idea to familiarize yourself with the signs, just in case. Back labor, back aches, the urge to clean everything in sight and a feeling of being able to breathe again when your baby drops lower into your abdomen are all signs of labor. In addition, flu symptoms are also common signs that labor will start within 24 hours.

Delivery Day

When the big day has finally arrived, remember all that you have learn thus far and go into the delivery room calm and confident. The transition into motherhood is not an easy one, but one that ends in the best prize, your beautiful newborn.

"This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26."