Everyone’s birth story is a little different. This means the way people prep for labor is different and everyone’s goal is different. However, there are 5 tips that can help in any labor, no matter your goal or your story.
1 | Use your senses to your advantage
Heat helps muscles relax and this will be the sweet antidote to the contractions. It will not take away the contractions, far from it actually, but it will help relieve the sharpness.
If heat isn’t your thing, maybe cool rags or deep pressure. Find out how all 5 senses play a role in your birth HERE.
2 | Water inside, water outside
Hydration is key! Eating is important, but water is crucial.
Prenatally, I am constantly reminding our clients to drink more water. In the birth room, we are offering water throughout. And, during postpartum. I will be chirping gentle reminders in your ear about drinking more fluids
(yes, even beer is good 🍺)
3 | Control the environment
People & Energies
Each person will bring a different energy. Make sure that you are allowing only energies that feed you and encourage you. Any energies that make you feel fearful, judged, unsafe, or is a drain on energy in general should not be in your birth room.
All of the Lights
If you’re giving birth in a hospital, the lights can be harsh because they are so bright and often people say “sterile” when thinking of the feeling they bring about. By turning off the lights, you can soften the appearance of your labor room and therefore relax the vibe.
The more relaxed you feel, the better your labor will progress.
The beeping of machines isn’t what you want to hear when you are trying concentrate + relax… as if that wasn’t hard enough already. You can bring a gentle feel to the birth room by playing background noise like white noise or sounds of the ocean waves.
4 | Find your voice and use it
Birth is all about surrendering and this includes surrendering to that voice in your head that says you shouldn’t bother the nurse or you can’t ask this question. It’s the voice in your head that starts second guessing yourself out of fear. You have to be able to advocate for yourself because no one can know what you truly want for yourself, but you.
Hiring a doula can help with having our voice heard during your labor.
5 | Master your mindset
This is a Tranquility by HeHe pillar and it is 90% of the game when it comes to navigating the space between trying to conceive to birth and motherhood. I always say, “The antidote to fear is exploration.”
You can start this journey by finding the time each day (at least 10 minutes) to sit and connect with your baby and body. This means unplugging from the outside world and checking in with yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. You can find helpful mindset shifts here!
What it’s all about
The birth of your child is a big event. It will forever change your life and it deserves the time and dedication of other big events in your life like a wedding or a big job interview, or maybe a very dangerous and challenging hike! This all depends on YOU. I break it down how you can reframe the “wedding day” planning to your birth here!
by: HeHe Stewart
Nothing in this article is intended for or to be used as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or cure. HeHe is just a gal with a story who is trying to share her knowledge with the world and change the way women navigate childbirth and motherhood.