Labor is a relatively short part of the entire pregnancy and birth process, but it looms large. Labor is the series of contractions of the uterus that help the cervix open and thin to allow the fetus to move through the birth canal.
Women giving birth for the first time typically labor for 12-24 hours. For other births, labor is shorter – averaging about 8-10 hours. Regardless of how long your labor will last, you want to be prepared for this momentous event as the grand finale of your pregnancy journey!
Here at Women’s Care of Beverly Hills in South Bay, Redondo Beach, and Beverly Hills, California, our expert OB/GYN team has supported thousands of women during labor and delivery. They offer these five expert hacks to equip you with the knowledge and confidence you need to take on labor like a pro.
These tips encompass both physical and mental aspects, designed to give you the best chance at a positive birthing experience.
Knowledge is empowering, and childbirth education classes are an invaluable resource for expectant parents. Attending these classes provides you with comprehensive information on the labor process, various birthing options, pain management techniques, and postpartum care.
You also learn about potential complications and how to handle unexpected scenarios. We can recommend an appropriate class for you and your partner to attend.
Crafting a birth plan is an essential step in preparing for labor. While we understand that birth is unpredictable, having a plan allows you to express your preferences and desires during labor and delivery.
Your birth plan should include preferences regarding pain management, delivery positions, the presence of a support person, and post-birth choices like immediate skin-to-skin contact. During prenatal visits, we are more than happy to discuss your birth plan, ensuring it aligns with your health and safety as well as your baby's.
Labor can be physically and emotionally intense, and relaxation techniques are invaluable in managing the process. Breathing exercises, meditation, and visualization are excellent practices to incorporate into your daily routine. They help you stay calm and focused during labor, promoting a smoother experience.
Consider joining a prenatal yoga class, as it helps you learn some of these relaxation techniques and connects you with other women who are going through the same pregnancy journey.
Maintaining an active lifestyle during pregnancy is beneficial for both you and your baby. Regular exercise tailored to you can strengthen your body, improve endurance, and even facilitate easier labor. Talk to us about the most suitable exercises for your stage of pregnancy.
Additionally, focusing on a balanced, nutritious diet is essential to support your body's changing needs and promote your baby's growth and development. A healthy diet can help you feel your best, even as pregnancy comes to a close and labor begins.
Having a reliable support system can significantly impact your birthing experience. Surround yourself with individuals who uplift and encourage you during this transformative time.
Share your birth plan and desires with your partner, family members, or close friends who will be present during labor. Their understanding and support can provide you with the emotional strength needed to navigate through any challenges that may arise.
As you approach the final stretch of your pregnancy, preparing for labor becomes a priority. At
Women’s Care of Beverly Hills we are ready to help you feel prepared and confident. If you need an expert team that provides expert obstetrics and prenatal care, call today or use the online tool to book an appointment.