Share To have a happy delivery: seven things you should avoid during labor
Lola Rovati @Lolarovati
After waiting for so long, you begin to notice signs that the first phase of labor begins to start. The day has come; At last you are going to meet your baby and you want everything to go smoothly.
You are a key part of the process and there are some things you can do, or rather you can avoid during labor to make the process flow in the best possible way .
Avoid getting nervous
At the first symptoms that the time has come, such as the expulsion of the mucus plug or bag break, keep calm, even if you are in a public place. Nerves are not good partners at this time, so relax and start organizing for what is to come.
Try to have the hospital bag (yours and your baby's) already prepared so you do not get caught at the last minute and run the risk of leaving nothing behind. Call whoever is needed to tell you that the time is near and value your symptoms to calculate the time to go to the hospital (see next point).
If you have older children, it is time for you to notify those who will take care of you while you are in the hospital.
Do not rush to go to the hospital
There are symptoms such as a spotting or an insertion of the baby's head that do not imply that the delivery will be imminent, it may even take days to occur.
Even from the beginning of "real" labor contractions (more painful, rhythmic and regular), several hours may pass until birth occurs, and it is preferable that you spend as much time as possible dilating at home than in the hospital. You can take a bath to relieve the pain of contractions (if you have not broken water) or a shower.
When you have rhythmic, progressive and intense contractions that reach a rhythm of two or three contractions every ten minutes, it's time to go to the hospital.
If a bag rupture occurs, it does not imply that you have to run to the emergency room if you have a full-term pregnancy. The usual thing, if they have not started yet, will be that in the next hours labor contractions begin. Check if the fluid is clear, use a large compress or towel to soak the liquid and take it easy going to the hospital. If the liquid is green, yellowish or has blood, you should go immediately to the hospital in case the baby has a problem.
Avoid staying motionless
One of the worst things to relax is to stay motionless in bed. On the other hand, being able to move freely, walk, walk around the house or the delivery room, or use a fitness ball to balance the pelvis will help you cope better with the painful sensation.
If you feel like it, even dancing, is a good natural method to facilitate labor. The movements of the mother help the baby to be placed and with its own weight, helps to soften the cervix to cause birth. In addition, you have a good time, it distracts you and helps you relax.
Avoid toxic people
At a time like this, surround yourself only with the most intimate people with whom you feel at ease. And the less they are, the better. Ideally with your partner, or else with your mother, with your sister or your best friend ...
You do not need negative people, much less people who make unfortunate comments, or who bother. Surround yourself with people with a good predisposition to give you support, trust and good company .
Avoid interfering in the process
Much of the success of childbirth is centered on the confidence that the mother has during the process. Under normal conditions, labor progresses without the need for intervention. Actually there's not much you have to do. Simply, pay attention to the signals your body sends you, relax, breathe and accompany the process .
Avoid looking at the clock
Except to control the time between contractions and how long they last, forget about the clock. If you are waiting for the hours that you have been dilating, you will only get anxious . Just focus on your process, if you want to rest, rest; If you want to eat, eat, and just think that there is less to know your baby.
If you do not feel comfortable, do not keep it
The day of delivery is one of the most important in your life, and your baby's. It is important that your wishes be heard and that you feel comfortable and cared for by doctors, nurses and the rest of the staff. Do not let them intimidate you or make decisions for you. If you have delivered your birth plan, and you have previously talked about how your delivery will be, it should be respected. Also, if any inconvenience arises, ask to be informed.
We hope that these seven tips will be useful for you to have a good delivery. You can contribute to the process flow in the best possible way and that the birth of your child is a happy event.
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