Prenatal Classes: Part One With Midwife (VIDEO)
Prenatal Classes: Part One With Midwife Holliday Tyson
Prenatal Classes and Education Is Key To Easing Pain During Labor
With childbirth education classes or prenatal classes, you will learn the things that you do have control over. While your body prepares for birth. One of the major ones is practicing techniques with your partner that will help with pain during labor.
Some of the exercises that should be performed are lifting the uterus up – this helps with circulation and eases pain during labor. The next one is to have your partner put firm pressure on your back to ease back labor pain. This exercise compresses the nerves which relieve the pain.
Many women stand behind natural birthing techniques and water births to help ease the pain naturally. These are ways to help make the pain more manageable or bearable without the use of drugs.
There are ways to help ease labor through relaxation. One of the main ones is to stay calm and quiet. Oxytocin helps labor move along, but if you’re in bright light, talking a lot, or distracted, oxytocin isn’t at optimal levels.
How Gentle Exercise Helps Childbirth
Exercise helps soften the cervix leading to an easier labor. Anything that puts pressure on the cervix will help soften the cervix. Gentle exercises like walking and moderate lifting are safe and should be performed for as long as possible unless otherwise noted by a doctor.
Exercises to open the pelvis will help with labor too. Things like squats and leaning forward on a table all contribute to opening the pelvis, and these activities will also assist the fetus in putting more pressure on the cervix, helping to soften it.
There is nothing shameful or weak about needing to take advantage of painkilling methods for childbirth. Everyone has different pain tolerances and various types of nerves – these things are out of your control and dictate how much pain you feel and can handle.
The most common painkillers or analgesia for labor are epidurals, narcotics, and nitrous oxide.
A prenatal doula will help you create a birth plan. On the birth plan, you will lay out all the instructions for labor, birth and post delivery.
Listen to your body’s needs when it comes to how much pain you can cope with, and obtain painkillers when it feels right for your body.
Here are helpful ways to prepare for labor and childbirth!
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