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How to prepair for a natural labor

I would like to have a drug free labor, any advice on how to prepair my mind and/or body for this would be a great help.

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Asked by donna1028 at 11:41 AM on Apr. 2, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • There are a few groups on here that support natural childbirth, I would join one/some of them and get ideas from all the wonderful expert ladies who have done it before and who advocate it. You are making a great decision!!

    Answer by kemclaughlin at 11:42 AM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • Just know that you can and will. Make the conscience decision that there is no way that any drugs are going to be put in you. When the time comes, make sure your body from shoulders to knees is can grip the bedrail and curl your toes all you want though. LOL When you push, Don't scream, don't scrunch your face, just concentrate all your energy into your hoo-hah. And pushing your precious baby out. By the time your done, so will the pain.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:46 AM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • A DOULA is supposed to be an excellent birthing coach on non-drug labors, they can teach you relaxation methods and what not

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 11:48 AM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • Power of thought! KNOW you can do it, don't even think about drugs as an option. Don't allow them to be an option.

    Read some books. The Bradley Method, Hypnobirthing, "Birthing from Within", "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth", and even look up orgasmic birth.

    There are so many methods you can use. Find an image to use as a focal point and have it taped in the room you are birthing in. There are some beautiful mandala images online. Just search them. They are so peaceful and relaxing.

    If you are giving birth in a hospital, stay home as long as possible. Don't allow continuous fetal monitoring (it does not improve outcomes), don't stay in bed. Get up, be mobile. Use the shower/bath tubs. Have warm compresses available. Have your support person learn massage and accupressure techniques, etc. :)

    Join the Natural Pregnancy and Birth group on here, or anyone really and they can help out a lot!

    Answer by celticreverie at 11:52 AM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • Definitely get a doula!!! And do alot of reading abut the complications that can arrise with interventions. Stay moving during labor, dont stay in bed. How far along are you now? Dont go to the hospital untill you absolutely have to, stay home as long as possible. And keep your jaw relaxed, and your face during labor. Talk to your husband/SO, or labor coach about what you want and how they can help you so stay relaxed, and I would advise not to have a ton of people in the room with you as it can cause a distraction to yur coping techniques, only have people who you know will help you, not just people that want to see the baby come. Labor and delivery is about YOU. Stay hydrated, and eat light. And like I said, READ up on everything, get all the info you can before you actually go into labor. GL, womens bodies are made for this, youcan do it.

    Answer by AK_aries at 11:55 AM on Apr. 2, 2009

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