1. Take childbirth education classes
Research has shown that people who have undergone prenatal childbirth education classes tend to have 50 percent more chances of having a normal delivery without C-section as opposed to women who have not taken any such classes.
2. Avoid hospital beds
It’s usual that women sometimes feel that they are going into labour but after reaching hospital, it is realized that it was a false alarm. In such cases, avoid staying in the hospital unnecessarily. Return back home, unless recommended by your health provider to stay.
3. Convey your desire of having a normal birth
Let everyone around you including your family and health provider that you prefer a normal childbirth.
4. Choose a health provider who is into normal childbirth
You and your healthcare provider must be on the same page regarding normal childbirth.
5. Keep a healthy diet
Proper diet is not only important for your body but also for a healthy growth and development of the unborn child. Also, it is important to gain a lot of strength for childbirth. A stronger body can face the challenges of labour more smoothly. Eat a lot of green vegetables as it is a rich source of iron and folate acid, that is very important for preventing post-delivery anaemia.
6. Exercise regularly
Not only does exercising built up a good stamina but it is also important to help you bear the labour pain. Kegel exercises can particularly be very helpful. It helps strengthen the pelvic region and make the thighs stronger.
7. Let the baby choose the due date
Due dates pinpointed by technicians with the help of ultrasound can be off by a week or even more. With all the best technology, an induced labour is still an estimate done by a technician. So just go natural and let the baby choose its birthday.
8. Avoid childbirth horror stories
Stay away from people who are keen on sharing their negative childbirth experience. Listening to these negative stories can induce unnecessary fear in you.
9. Avoid ultrasound during the last month
Ultrasound testing done during the last month of pregnancy usually indicates macrosomia which may instil unnecessary fear in the minds of doctor.
10. Sleep adequately
Getting a good sleep is essential for healthy growth of the baby and also to keep your calm.