What can you do to prepare for natural childbirth?

So I have my heart set on a natural childbirth and am using a certified nurse midwife. I've been reading birth books and have been following the suggestions offered about labor preparation (sitting cross legged frequently, kegels, exercising 3-4 times a week, pelvic tilts, sitting on a yoga ball). Have any other moms out there been doing things to prepare for labor/birth?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:35 AM on Dec. 9, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • I did with both my girls and when it came time it was as easy as it gets. No drugs and still did very well. Up here we have those jacuzzi type tubs in the labor rooms and that's what saved me from my contractions that were ALL in my back.
    watersgirls

    Answer by watersgirls at 10:41 AM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • I am going to attempt it w/o drugs but, I have to deliver in a hospital w/ my regular doctor because I am high risk.
    matthewscandi

    Answer by matthewscandi at 10:50 AM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • How do you do pelvic tilts?
    Apr1l

    Answer by Apr1l at 10:51 AM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • if i remember right it's when you lay on your back and tilt up and down with your hips
    watersgirls

    Answer by watersgirls at 10:52 AM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • I had both of my children naturally- meaning no drugs- 20 years ago. I admire you using a midwife, but I would use a doctor and have my baby in a hospital. Reason being- we have no idea what can happen at anytime and most hospitals are equipped to handle emergency situations. I did A LOT of walking and my labor was hard, but I managed fine. My only real piece of advice is to really focus the pain somewhere else and breath. Also have someone with you who has gone through this type of birthing because they will most likely be straight with you and keep all annoying people out of your room because they will make everything worse. :0)
    Good Luck!
    Dawn
    Candzs555

    Answer by Candzs555 at 4:24 PM on Dec. 10, 2008

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