Giving birth to a child is both painful and joyous occasion for a mother. A baby’s smile makes her forget all the worries in the world. Nature has its own way of bringing the baby in the world and if you ask me this is the best way. Normal delivery is the healthiest and is associated with lesser risk for baby and the mother after a long pregnancy duration.
Compared to caesarean section, normal delivery has far lower mortality rate and even lesser complications. Complication like blood loss, infections, anemia etc. are more commonly seen in C – section. So I think I have made my point that why one should opt for normal delivery. Having said that I would still not advise to go against doctor’s advice for method of delivery. For there can be risks which may necessitate C – section.
Let’s learn what normal delivery is and what can we do in pregnancy to make it more probable to happen.
What is Normal delivery?
Normal delivery is birth of the baby via vaginal pathway. Now do not confuse this with natural delivery. While natural delivery says minimal or no drug/instrument use during delivery. It is not so in normal delivery. Normal delivery is vaginal delivery with or without help of drugs and special instruments. It can be assisted (using special instruments), It can be induced (with help of drugs) or it can be spontaneous ( natural delivery).
There are certain factors which help increase probability of having a normal delivery if employed during pregnancy. Some of these are medically proven facts and a few are general observation seen by mothers in their own pregnancy for a normal delivery.
Pregnancy Tips For Normal Delivery
1. Know Your Pregnancy
Being pregnant is one thing, feeling it is another. You need to embrace your pregnancy and learn as much as possible about it. There is so much information out there, you just need to reach out and grab it. How does it help? Once you start accepting your pregnancy and the changes that comes with it, your body starts to modify itself according to the need of body.
Every little thing which happens in pregnancy does not stress you because you already know about it. If a risk presents in your pregnancy then you are the first to know about it and you can plan accordingly with your physician for a normal delivery. Afterall, what is normal delivery vs C – section, it is just a risk benefit ratio. So, being educated about pregnancy is an important step in the process of being a mother and for a normal delivery too.
2. Good Antenatal Care
This is a fancy word to say that you should be careful during pregnancy. Antenatal means everything from the beginning of pregnancy to delivery of the baby. It ensures that you have chosen a right place and a right doctor to deliver your baby. Don’t get suck into charms of a quack.
Antenatal care includes weekly visits to your personal doctor, pregnancy checkups and to know if you are developing any risk. Ultrasonic image tell if your baby is growing healthy or not. It also tells you if there is any need of concern. It also provides mother with certain immunization and drug against common pregnancy related problems. A few examples are TT immunization and iron, folic acid tablets against anemia commonly seen in pregnant females.
It is especially important to keep your dates of antenatal check up in the end of pregnancy. This is the time when doctors tells about your due date i.e. when you should expect your baby. Also, around the end certain complications of pregnancy are encountered for the first time which require urgent attention.
3. Pelvic Floor exercises In Pregnancy
Pelvic floor exercises help in strengthening pelvic muscles, ones which supports uterus and baby during the pregnancy and also helps during labour. More commonly these are known as kegel exercises as they were devised by Dr. Arnold Kegel.
Pelvis is the cavity between your hips, holding uterus and urogenital organs in place with a sling of muscles known as pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises are basically contracting and releasing of these pelvic muscles. You can try holding in urine by contracting these muscles and releasing it after a few minutes.
Kegel exercise help in normal delivery by increased blood flow to pelvic muscles, which makes them less likely to be fatigue. Other than obvious strength which is quite useful during labour, it also helps understand the delivery process. By the time you reach your due date, you know how to contract and relax your pelvic muscles along with uterine contraction. This makes labour relatively easier for you and increases the chances of normal delivery.
4. Perineal Massage During Pregnancy
Perineum is the region between vagina and anal canal. This is the area which stretches out most during normal delivery. Failure of sufficient stretching of this region often causes need of episiotomy. Episiotomy, though a part of normal delivery, is a painful procedure. When we can avoid this painful procedure doing a soothing massage why not go for it.
Trick is to insert your finger with adequate lubrication inside the vagina and massage perineal region from inside while doing the same from outside. You might feel a burning sensation while stretching the tissue. Take help from your partner if you find it difficult to perform. You should start perineal massage in the beginning of third trimester and should perform it as a part of your exercise in daily routine. It will make perineal region more flexible, healthy and will assist during normal delivery.
5. A Nutritious Diet in Pregnancy
This is the part which don’t need much convincing. I think you can appreciate how much important it is for a pregnant woman to have a healthy diet. It should be a balanced diet, containing rich amount of protein, carbs, vitamins, especially Iron and every micronutrients. Do not miss your breakfast and keep your diet chart balanced.
Balancing is important because though you require extra energy for the baby, you also don’t want to get obese. Obesity itself can be a reason for C – section. On average a pregnant female needs to eat 70-100g of protein and extra 300 calories which is an add-on to requirement in non-pregnant females. Not to mention fruits, have some on daily basis.
it is quite commonly observed phenomenon that pregnant females find water extremely soothing and relaxing. They often spend hours in bathtubs and even feel sleepy after those baths. Experienced females say it helps them relax and reduces pain during labour. I would recommend these baths and hot tub ( carefully monitored temperature) after the start of
I would recommend these baths and hot tub ( carefully monitored temperature) after the start of third trimester but it’s no harm, you can start it as early as you want.
7. Don’t Stress out In Pregnancy
Although pregnancy is very difficult and tiring time but try to avoid stress in your life. Your body is already stressed enough, mental stress won’t help you in any possible scenario. Even too much stress can precipitate hypertension known as pre-eclampsia in pregnancy. It is one of the major complications seen in pregnancy. If not tackled properly, it is a reason to opt for C – section.
Partners will need to step up. They need to realize that it is a tough time for their female partner and they need to be there for her. Take her to Yoga, fresh morning walks, give beautiful surprise, sweet little gifts, unburden her by doing day to day works. Keep her as happy as you can.
8. Be Comfortable, Be Active
This is the fun part of pregnancy. You are the special lady in the home and you need to keep yourself like that. Sleep fully and comfortably. Have regular diet, enjoy yourself. Do not avoid pregnancy clothes, they are there to comfort you and also make this pregnancy a part of who you are. Try them once and you will thank me for suggesting them.
Meanwhile don’t be lazy, have morning walks. Help out in day to day works. Of course, avoid heavy work as much as possible. Stay away from slippery stairs or floor. But do as much as you can. Being active helps during the labour process. You have been active entire 9 months of your pregnancy and all labour needs is to be active and stay active until the baby is delivered and you will have a healthy baby through normal delivery.
9. Keep Your Weight In Check During Pregnancy
Obesity is one of the risks leading to C – section, not to mention the risks, obesity comes with. High cholesterol, high BP, raised blood sugar levels – all commonly seen complications in pregnancy are associated with obesity. So, while working through all I said above, do not forget to keep tabs on your weight.
Weight gain during pregnancy is known to complicate not only delivery but also the baby development. Babies born in obese pregnancy have birth defects, macrosomia (large head). In some unfortunate cases it also causes miscarriage. But be advised do not starve yourself if nothing is helping. Sometimes hormones make it difficult to keep healthy weight. So, it’s better to take expert’s advice and act accordingly.
As I mentioned above, Eat balanced diet, preferably with advice from a dietician. Go on morning walks, have regular exercises (with doctor’s advice), drink lots and lots of water and include seasonal fruits in your diet plan. This should hopefully keep your weight in check.
10. Support Your Partner
This is more for the male partner and other family members taking care of the pregnant lady. You need to be more understanding and caring for the pregnant female. Learn her needs and requirements. Don’t act out even if she is wrong sometimes. All this we discussed above is not possible by her own, you will need to help your partner. Keep her calm and healthy. Be present during her labour, your emotional support might get her through the painful experience she is about to have.
Lastly, do not insist on having a normal delivery against your doctor. If risks are plenty and your doctor thinks it is better for you and your baby to go under C – section, then go for it. It is better to have a scar and life than otherwise.
I know that in the painful moment of labour females are likely to give in to fear and act out. But don’t be afraid, you have prepared yourself for this and you can get through this. Keep taking deep breaths and listen to your doctors. These are some very effective pregnancy tips for normal delivery, try to follow them.
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