Factors that help in your normal delivery:
There are certain factors that will determine your ability to have a normal delivery and they are as follows:
- If you have your first baby through vaginal delivery
- Absence of any health issues like, asthma, which may cause complications during your pregnancy and at the time of delivery.
- If your body weight is deal to your height, as being overweight causes increased chances of delivering a baby of large size and results in fewer chances of normal delivery.
- If you don’t have any complications throughout your pregnancy period.
- If you are physically fit then you will have a normal delivery.
- If you have your blood pressure, blood sugar, and hemoglobin under control.
Benefits of having normal vaginal delivery:
Normal delivery is a natural process of giving birth to your baby while having normal labor pains. There are few valid reasons for this kind of delivery being better than any other methods, like:
- Healthy option: You and your baby will have a healthy bond and your baby gets comfort in your arms once it comes out of your womb.
- Lactation: all the natural hormones are released promptly while your labor pains. The most important hormone-like prolactin that helps in milk production is secreted in good quantities.
- Baby gets good immunity: During your pregnancy, there are your vaginal microbes that benefit your baby when it goes into your baby’s mouth. These microbes help your baby to build up a good immune system and help to better digest milk and solid foods.
- Faster recovery: You have better chances of recovering faster following your vaginal delivery process.
- Improved confidence: You get a feeling of great confidence when having delivered your baby through the normal delivery process.
- Less hospital stays: Your need to stay at the hospital after normal vaginal delivery may be for 24 to 48 hours, which is a very short period when compared to the Cesarean section.
Tips to have a normal vaginal delivery
Normal vaginal delivery is the preferred way to give birth. If you are becoming a mother for the first time, then mostly you may have normal delivery by 41 to 42 weeks of our pregnancy.
The following are few tips to avoid cesarean delivery and help you to have a normal and safe vaginal delivery giving you a wonderful experience of motherhood.
Know about pregnancy and labor pains: It is good to know about your body changes happening during pregnancy and also to have an idea of the methods of delivery. This helps to overcome your emotions and fear and gives you confidence.
Select your doctor: Before selecting a Gynecologist for managing your delivery, enquire about the doctor and hospital reviews, talk to the doctor about his view of normal delivery, and make sure that your doctor is paying attention to your wish of having normal delivery if not choose another one.
Stay positive and healthy: Being positive helps you to prepare for delivering a normal and healthy baby. Stay away from negative stories of normal delivery as they may increase anxiety and result in panic attacks.
- When any experienced mother shares her bad memories with childbirth, just walk away and ignore.
- Don’t get involved in unwanted gossip given by others.
- If your friend had a problem with delivery, it is not necessary that you too will have a bad experience. Every individual is different from the other.
Avoid gaining weight: Try not to gain unwanted weight, as it may be linked to adverse effects like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and pre-eclampsia.
Make swimming a habit: Swimming is the best exercise for you when you are pregnant. You can take the help of your spouse or caretaker for swimming until your delivery date.
Walking is best: Regular walking for about 30 minutes for at least five times a week keeps you stay fit and healthy. It is good to walk for 10,000 steps each day.
Kegel’s exercises: Your doctor will ask you to do Kegels exercise during the third trimester of your pregnancy as it helps in smooth vaginal delivery by stretching your pelvic floor muscles. It helps to control urinary incontinence that may occur during your pregnancy period.
Pelvic stretches: Gentle stretching of pelvic muscles make your delivery smooth and comfortable. It strengthens your pelvic area even after delivery.
Yoga: Safe yoga poses will help you to strengthen your spirit and improve breathing patterns. Meditation helps to deal with stress and prepares your mind for childbirth.
Have adequate water: Drinking about ten glasses of water every day helps the toxins to be flushed out of your body. Urinary infections that are common during pregnancy can be handled by drinking a good quantity of water. Dehydration may cause preterm labor, so it is needed to keep you hydrated.
Wear good footwear: It is important to wear comfortable and flat footwear to avoid unnecessary pressure on your backbone or your knees. High heels will add extra curvature to your backbone causing increased back pain and heel pain.
Squats: Gentle squats with the guidance of your doctor will strengthen your hip, pelvic, and back muscles. They will also help to widen your pelvis allowing for normal delivery.
Enough sleep: An extra sleep for 2 or 3 hours along with routine 8 hours of sleep is needed for you in your pregnancy period.
Eat good food: Following a healthy nutritious diet helps to have healthy baby growth. Foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, legumes, and freshwater fish are to be taken. Deep-fried and junk oily foods are not to be eaten as they cause problems of acidity. Protein-rich food and dark green leafy vegetables are a must.
Breathing exercises: Breathing right helps to ensure a safer and easy delivery. Few breathing exercises that are beneficial for you in your pregnancy are:
- Full breathing from within your chest
- Breathing from your stomach
- Shallow breathing
- Alternating your deep breathing with shallow breathing patterns