Here are some great childbirth tips which can help you have the best possible birth. I used these things to prepare for the birth of my 5th child. I implemented all of these ideas at the end of my pregnancy, and ended up having the best labor and delivery experience of all five of my births.
My 5th birth was the fastest and easiest of all. My cervix dilated from 4cm to 10 cm in an hour. I pushed my baby's head out in one contraction, and then the rest of her body out in the next. Fast and easy!
So how did these childbirth tips help me to have a very fast and easy birth?
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
I drank 3 cups of Raspberry Leaf Tea a day. I was sure to get the Raspberry LEAF tea (NOT raspberry flavored tea). Raspberry Leaf Tea helps to strengthen and tone the uterus. This makes for stronger and more effective contractions during labor. Hint: It's also good for easing menstrual cramps.
One of the childbirth tips I had not tried before was swimming. I wanted baby to be in the best position possible, and she was somewhat posterior (which produces back labor). So at 37 weeks, I started swimming 3 mornings a week. I typically don't swim, but I joined a club just for the last few weeks of my pregnancy because I read that swimming helps to move baby into an optimal position in the birth canal. The better positioning that baby has in the birth canal, the faster labor can go. Worked for me :-)
No reclining in bed, on the couch, or in chairs.
I propped pillows behind my back to sit upright. Reclining tends to allow baby to go into a posterior position, and if baby is posterior going into labor, then mom experiences back labor (no fun). I've had 4 babies that were posterior prior to labor starting. With baby #4, she was posterior, but I rocked on a special rocker for turning posterior babies, every day and she turned before going into labor.
Crawling on hands and knees
Crawling was, once again, to help position baby optimally in the birth canal. I crawled around on the floor on hands and knees, to help baby move into the best position for labor and delivery. Thankfully the Olympics were on, so I enjoyed lots of good TV time with my family - and had lots of opportunities to crawl around.
I took Chlorophyll 3 times a day because I was anemic and trying to build up the iron in my blood. This was at the midwife's suggestion. I also took Red Raspberry Leaf tea according to the directions on the box, to tone my uterus so that labor would faster and easier. I was sure to get the Raspberry LEAF tea (NOT raspberry flavored tea).
Both of these items really helped me during labor, and I am thankful that I had been drinking the tea and taking the chlorophyll in advance. The raspberry leaf tea helped my uterus to clamp down well after labor (important to limit bleeding), and the chlorophyll helped my iron level in my blood to be good.
Regular Chiropractic Care
One of my favorite childbirth tips for expectant moms is to have regular chiropractic care.
When I was about 37 weeks, my midwife said that my baby was laying on her side, which wasn't the best position for baby to be in when I went into labor. She suggested that I go to a Chiropractor.
After I was adjusted, I could tell baby was in a much better position, and I credit my fast birth, in part, to the chiropractic adjustments I received just before birth.
Going to the chiropractor in late pregnancy can ensure that mom's pelvis, back and neck are in good alignment, as well as helping baby to rotate into an optimal position. Both of these things can help labor to progress quickly and less painfully.
Chiropractic adjustments, especially at the end of pregnancy, is one of the best childbirth tips.
I would have to say that relaxing is one of the most important childbirth tips. I surrounded myself with people who were supportive and loving. I labored in water which was very relaxing for me. I remember, with my first birth, that when I would tense up, the pain was more intense, and when I relaxed, it was better.
During transition, I visualized my pelvis opening, and baby coming down the birth canal. Once baby's head crowned, I pushed the entire head out in one contraction, and her shoulders and body in the next contraction.
The entire birth experience was wonderful, I forgot the pain the minute baby was born, and my eyes filled with tears of joy and love when I held my little one in my arms.
I believe that all of these childbirth tips, in combination, gave me the best birth experience possible.
I hope you find some of these childbirth tips helpful, and that you have an easy, fast birth!
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