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Natural Childbirth - The 7 Essential Components For Preparing to Give Birth Naturally

Natural Childbirth - The 7 Essential Components For Preparing to Give Birth Naturally

Natural Childbirth - The 7 Essential Components For Preparing to Give Birth Naturally
By Justine Arian

Choosing a natural childbirth can be the most empowering and transformational experience in a woman’s life. In our culture childbirth is viewed as a medical event and an emergency waiting to happen. Consequently, fear guides many birth experiences and results in the overuse of interventions and medications. As a result many women feel out of control and disempowered by their birth experience. It doesn't have to be that way.

When you take responsibility for the outcome of your birth experience by becoming educated, exploring all your options, consciously choosing and creating what you want, and taking the right steps to prepare yourself, you ultimately will transform yourself and your family.

The following suggestions were designed to help you prepare to have the best childbirth experience possible:

1. Understand and Trust the Process- If you understand what is happening with your body during pregnancy and in labor, you will have more confidence and a better ability to cope. Trusting the process and knowing that everything is as it should be, is the key to “letting go” and allowing birth to happen normally and naturally. But before you can trust, you have to know what to expect. Seeking out a comprehensive childbirth class that meets your needs is the key.

2. Proper Nutrition- Good nutrition is essential to good health for mom and baby and can prevent many unnecessary complications, making the whole process more comfortable and enjoyable. Your nutritional needs change during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

3. Pregnancy Exercises- Staying fit and doing the right kinds of exercises can help tremendously to minimize pregnancy discomforts and ease the birth process. There are 5 simple exercises that can be done at home either with a partner or alone: pelvic rocks, squats, Kegels, butterflies, and tailor sitting. Walking or swimming and prenatal yoga can also be very beneficial to the health of you and your baby. Be sure to check with your care provider before starting any new exercise regimen.

4. Relaxation Practice- The key to dealing with labor is your ability to relax. Your body instinctively knows what to do and releases hormones that help you cope in labor. It is when you become scared or tense, that you interfere with the natural process and pain increases. Relaxation takes concentration and practice. Find what techniques work best for you and practice often.

5. Addressing Fears or Concerns- In our culture, we are constantly bombarded with negative images and stories of childbirth. Over time these messages can become ingrained in your way of thinking. It is important to recognize your attitudes and beliefs and understand how they shape your experiences. Any negative thoughts or beliefs about childbirth should be explored prior to giving birth.

6. Creating a Positive Image of Birth- The mind-body connection is extremely powerful, especially in childbirth. Not only must you rid yourself of negative thoughts and beliefs about childbirth but you need to replace them with positive images and thoughts. If you can see yourself giving birth the way you truly desire, then you can likely achieve that.

7. Strong Support- Having strong support throughout pregnancy and birth is critical in positively influencing the outcome of YOUR experience. Take the time to interview and select your birth team to ensure a good fit. Consider hiring a doula (a professional labor support person). If you do not feel supported, make the necessary changes no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Childbirth is natural and women have done it for centuries. But in today’s society, a birth without preparation may not be the one you envisioned. You have all the resources available to help you prepare for the birth experience you desire. You can choose to become empowered by your birth experience or you can give your power away. It’s up to you.

I invite you to read the full article and find out more information on natural childbirth by visiting http://www.thepregnancycoach.com/ . If you’re ready to take the fear out of your birth experience and become empowered, then contact me for a complimentary consultation at http://www.thepregnancycoach.com/contact.asp

Justine Arian is a Life Coach, Childbirth Educator, and Doula who works with individuals, couples, and groups to empower them in having their ideal birth experiences. She sees childbirth as natural and every woman as capable.

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