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10 Things you can do in the Third Trimester to Prepare for Labour and Delivery


November 8, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Mother & Baby Care,Pregnancy & Childbirth


10 Things you can do in the Third Trimester to Prepare for Labour and Delivery - Baby & Beyond

The third trimester of pregnancy is usually all about last minute preparations and shopping for the baby. While there is a lot of joy and excitement, for a lot of women there is also fear and anxiety about the actual delivery itself. Thankfully there are some things you can do in the third trimester that can help you prepare for labour and delivery.

 

1. Stay active:

Regular activity not only helps keep you fit, but also help prepare your body for labour and delivery. I stayed active by walking briskly for 30 mins every day and practicing prenatal yoga every other day. Also practice squats regularly because it could help the baby to descend. Do consult with your gynecologist before taking up any exercise routine.

 

 

Stay Active

Stay Active

 

2. Practice paced breathing:

Breathing techniques can help you to manage pain and stay calm during labour. I know it sounds funny that I am telling you to “practice breathing”! But there are different paced breathing techniques are recommended through different stages of labour. Make sure you are aware of each of them and practice them for 10 minutes every day.

 

3. Do your kegels:

Kegel exercises make the pelvic floor muscles strong. Having good control over these muscles can help you push during a contraction.

 

4. Join an antenatal class:

In case you haven’t already, consider joining anantenatal program which will guide you educate you about labour and childbirth and empower you to have a positive birth experience. Ensure you select the right program which gives you the opportunity to receive expert guidance from gynaecologists, physiotherapists, women’s health educators and diet counselors.

 

5. Maintain positivity:

Unfortunately most of the labour scenes we watch in movies are overly dramatic and traumatic. They can give you a scary image of labour and that negativity can affect you. Childbirth is a beautiful experience. Surround yourself with positive vibes, positive imagery and positive people. Personally I found that listening to garbha sanskar music really helped me throughout my pregnancy.

 

6. Get a lot of rest:

I know that this last phase is very hectic with all the last minute planning and shopping, but try to get as much rest as possible too. This will help you stay healthy and positive too.

 

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Get lot of rest; Listen to soothing music to stay calm and positive

 

7. Choose your birthing partner:

Decide whom you would want with you in the delivery room, who can provide practical and emotional support. Your partner should attend antenatal classes with you to learn how to massage you and help you with breathing and labour exercises.

 

8. Visit your birthing center:

Having a visual image of where you will be delivering can help relieve some of your anxiety. You may also get a chance to meet some of the nursing staff beforehand so there are some familiar faces in the delivery room too.

 

9. Make your birthing preferences clear:

If you have any specific preferences about induction, epidural, vaginal delivery, episiotomy etc., make sure you discuss it with your gynecologist in advance. Be aware of scenarios in which a cesarean can be avoided so that you do not feel pressured into making any decisions.

 

10. Monitor your symptoms closely:

Be aware about your baby’s movements. Watch out for any unusual symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, spotting, swelling, Braxton Hicks contractions, etc.Make sure you reach out to your gynecologist if you sense something is irregular, even if it seems like a small thing.

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Comments
  1. Charu Sareen said on November 10, 2017 1:43 pm:

    Wonderful tips! It’s so important to stay active and doing some exercise. Even the most complicated pregnancies can end up with normal deliveries if that is followed.

  2. Ophira said on November 10, 2017 2:58 pm:

    Visiting the birthing centre before delivery definitely helped me calm my nerves. All these are great points.

  3. Aesha Shah said on November 10, 2017 3:41 pm:

    I just went for regular walks during my pregnancy but when I see the benefits my friends experienced by doing Kegel exercises during their pregnancy,I feel I should have tried it too. Your post will surely help expecting moms to prepare them for delivery.

  4. Elina Wadia said on November 11, 2017 12:36 am:

    Those are some really helpful tips. I walked s lot and practiced yoga too, which helped me stay calm and fit throughout

  5. Kamana@SocialandStyle said on November 11, 2017 11:41 am:

    Such a great post! I delivered my baby 2 months ago and this post is post is great help expecting moms be at ease!

  6. Anchal said on November 11, 2017 12:32 pm:

    Awesome tips mama. Regular walks and being active did the trick for me

  7. Smita said on November 11, 2017 11:16 pm:

    It is so important to stay active and practise ante natal exercises. Another point is staying positive , very well written. I had a normal delivery and I followed all the above mentioned points.

  8. anupriya said on November 12, 2017 7:55 am:

    Walking and breathing exercises do a lot of benefit to the baby. Also they are good way of spending some peaceful time with your baby. Everything you have mentioned in this post is very relevant and important.

  9. Deepa said on November 13, 2017 12:11 am:

    A very helpful post for expecting moms. Staying active is the most important.

  10. Priyadarshani Panda said on November 13, 2017 2:22 am:

    Staying active was something that prepared me for my labor…I think being active tops the chart ..a very informative post for expecting moms