There are many ways to make going into labor a relatively easy and less painful process. Start preparing so when the time comes, you’ll be ready. Take classes to learn about the different stages of labor. Take a yoga class to strengthen your body, but also to train yourself to relax. Hire an emotional support professional called a doula to help support you through the process. Learn multiple relaxation techniques in case one is not effective when you’re in labor. Don’t worry about the possible bad outcomes of labor. Set the mood to relax more effectively, and take a warm bath to help relax in the early stages. Listen to suggestions for whether to use an epidural, natural birth, etc., but don’t feel like you have to change your plan because of them.
- Begin to prepare for labor as soon as possible by exercising and taking birthing classes.
- Be sure to have several pain management techniques to turn to in case one is not working or is not available.
- Think about and plan the type of environment you want during labor.
“Find out your doctor’s philosophy on epidurals vs. nondrug ways of managing pain, as well as on Cesarean sections.”