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Tips for Giving Birth with Confidence

  • 23, Nov 2022

Tips for Giving Birth with Confidence

Are you pregnant? Have you been constantly thinking about how your birthing experience is going to be? How painful it is going to be? Will you be able to handle it? Of course, yes! Every woman is capable of birthing naturally because that is how a woman’s body has been created by God. All you got to do is eat healthily, stay fit, and have a peacefully happy mind. Here are a few tips that will help you in remaining positive and confident when the testing time starts.

Gain Knowledge and Know What You Need

Figure out what is it that you need to know whether it is about pregnancy, your body, diet, your upcoming baby, or anything that is on your mind. Ask as many questions as you have to your doctor and take proper care of yourself accordingly. It is essential that you are well aware of what lies ahead of you. You may read some positive magazines related to maternity care and childbirth. Stay away from anything that makes you lose confidence and brings negativity into your life. When you have proper knowledge, you will know what you will require during birth and after delivery. 

Ask for Help Without Hesitation

The fact is that you cannot do it all alone during pregnancy; you will need help in doing even the basic day-to-day activities. Do not hesitate at all in asking for something you need, no matter what it is. Childbirth is tough and you will need a lot of energy to get it done. Ask for water and food whenever you feel thirsty or low on energy. Surround yourself with positivity, and keep that one person around who keeps you motivated and understands your needs. 

Let Go of What You Can’t Control

As soon as the pregnancy begins, you will face numerous changes. You might get clumsy or get tired easily. You will not be able to every little thing that you used to do before pregnancy and that is completely fine. What you got to do is just let it go; do what you can and don’t exhaust yourself. You must understand that your body is busy making a human being, don’t stress it out with less important tasks.

Stay Fit and Healthy

Staying fit and eating healthy will take you a long way; it will not only make your delivery easy but also keep your child fit and strong. Consult with your doctor and keep doing light physical activity without straining yourself. Include healthy food like vegetables, fruits, nuts, protein, fibre, and liquids in your diet. You may even practice breathing exercises as they are of huge help at the time of contractions. Here are some yoga exercises that will help your body become flexible and ready for birthing.  

Prenatal Yoga and Lifts

  • Kegels in Supta Baddha Konasana - This yoga asana helps in drawing the pelvic floor muscles leading to their strengthening and lengthening. You may practice this asana two to three times a week. 
  • Clam Shell Leg Lifts – This lift strengthens the gluteus medius muscle that plays an important role in maintaining the pelvic stability. This is responsible for directly affecting the engagement capability of the pelvic floor. 
  • Side-Lying Leg Lifts – This is a simple lift that you may do while lying on your side. All you got to do is bend your knees such that the thighs are at a 45-degree angle to the torso. Keep the angle in line with the knee and lift your leg as high as you can. Do this while inhaling and exhaling as you go back to your initial position. 
  • Side-Lying Rotation Lifts – In this lift, bend your knees such that the thighs are at a 45-degree angle to your torso. Now simply lift your top leg as high as you can while maintaining pelvic stability. While keeping the ankle at this height, turn your femur in the hip socket to tap the above knee to the one below as you inhale.

The three yoga mentioned below help in strengthening the gluteus medius muscles which are the main muscles when it comes to delivery and pelvic floor support. 

  • Virabhadrasana II – From the Adho Mukha Svanasana or the downward-facing dog pose, put the right foot ahead and then spin the back heel downwards. Ensure that your feet are aligned well from heel to heel. Now, bending the front knee, straighten the back leg. 

Square your torso as you extend the arms outwards straight to the side while keeping the wrists at the height of the shoulder. Make sure that the front knee is staying in line with the second and third toes. Keep the back foot slightly angled toward the front corner of the mat and press the thigh top straight back. 

  • Trikonasana – From the above asana, put the front leg straight. Let your pelvis tip over the front thigh as you go forward while lengthening the sides of your body. Release the hand to your shin, the earth, or block to the outside of your front leg. Keep pressing the top thigh of the leg behind the straight back.
  • Ardha Chandrasana – From the above asana, let your top hand reach your hip. Turn such that you can see the toes of the front foot. Bend your front knee, and shift the bottom hand forward while lifting the back leg up. Now straighten both your legs. Wrap the muscles of the standing leg thigh and hip backward and hug the thigh to the center. Bring the lifted leg to the height of the hip in front of the hip. Allow the inner thigh to roll backward such that the toes point a bit earthwards from deep in the socket of the hip. 

Self-Care Is the Key to Happiness

Self-care means indulging in what brings you peace and happiness. Whether it is reading a book, listening to music, or simply humming a song. Give yourself a light massage, it will ease pain and improve your blood circulation. Do what makes you feel alive and your child will feel it all too.

These were some simple tips that you may implement in your day-to-day living to remain confident throughout your pregnancy. Remember, what you feel so does your baby. When you are calm and at peace, your child will get it too which will help you in simplifying the birthing process. So, keep breathing peacefully!