In today’s world normal birth is seldom talked about. The constant struggles and stressful lifestyle makes normal birth poorly understated. Also working women in their lifestyle do not prefer normal delivery. However normal birth delivery offers many perks such as the mother is able to recover faster thus being able to care for her child sooner and the baby also when going through the birth canal takes up bacteria that help build immunity in life. Here we offer some tips for normal delivery.
1. Keep doing light exercise during your pregnancy period
Some research suggests that during the first stage of labor walking and staying upright may lessen the time required for first stage to complete. It also lessens the chance that you need caesarean or episiotomy. You can also try very light exercise with help of birth mats, bean bags, birth balls or grab rails.
2. Try relaxation and breathing methods early on
By trying relaxation and breathing methods you get the time to know more about your own body and know where the most tension is felt. Some relaxation methods allow you to release the muscle tension and rigidness as well as mental calmness is achieved. These ways can also help you deal with your contractions
3. Get enough sleep
Getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep is important as it gives your body and mind calmness and time to repair itself and remove stress, tiredness and fatigue incurred during the day. It is also better to ditch caffeine containing products 2 hours before going to bed.
4. Drink enough water
You should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water daily in order to avoid dehydration and it also prevents urinary tract infections and swelling (edema) during your pregnancy period.
5. Healthy diet
Healthy diet plays a very important role as enough nourishment should be available for your baby. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables along with protein. Good source of protein include pulses, beans, soyabean, lentils, eggs, meat etc.Make sure the food you eat is cooked thoroughly before being eaten and also washing it before you start cooking it, as uncooked food can increase your risk of bacterial and other infections. Avoid junk food or foods that are too much oily in nature.
6. Have a support system
It is necessary that you have a strong support system in the forms of your partner, friends or family who all can banish your fears and increase your morale about normal pregnancy. The emotional support you get from your family members and friends also helps to release your stress and worries thus making delivery process easier.
7. Stress is your enemy
Stress and anxiety can play havoc with your body as they also increase cortisol which if increased beyond a safe limit can cause Cushing’s syndrome. Here are some tips to fight off your stress
- Talk to your family members, partner, or your close friends
- Try relaxation techniques such as meditation or reading a book or listening to calming music
- Avoid situations and people who might invoke negative feelings in you
Dr. Dimple Doshi-An Expert Gynecologist
Dr. Dimple Doshi is an expert lady gynecologist in Mumbai who has about 20+ years of experience practicing as a gynecologist.