As your delivery date approaches and you’re preparing for labor, knowing what to do and having the essentials ready to go can help make the experience a less stressful affair.
Check out these tips and tricks to ensure the days leading up to your delivery and procedure go as smoothly as possible.
Things to Do Before Delivery
During your pregnancy, you can educate yourself on what to do in preparation for delivery. Here are a few things you can do ahead of time to prepare for labor.
1. Take a Class
One of the best ways to learn about pregnancy is to join a childbirth class. In these classes, you’ll learn different techniques to alleviate labor pains, labor positions, breathing techniques during labor, exercises to prepare for labor and newborn care tips. Participating in these classes will help you get ready for delivery and you’ll have the chance to ask any questions you may have.
2. Pack Your Hospital Bags
Delivery dates are estimated days for when you could give birth. As the day gets closer, you could end up going into labor before or after your exact date. Pack your hospital bags ahead of time and keep them in an easily accessible place to ensure you’re ready to leave for the hospital or birth center at a moment’s notice.
3. Write a Birth Plan
Your safety and personal preferences for your labor and delivery are important. While a birth plan isn’t mandatory, writing one ensures your labor and delivery team knows how you feel about medication use, birthing positions you’re comfortable with and how your partner can participate.
4. Stock up on Supplies
Stock up on supplies ahead of time to prepare for your care after the birth. When you have everything you need at the ready, you’ll prevent stress and limit impromptu store runs. You’ll be able to focus on spending precious time with your newborn.
5. Seek Positivity
While the labor and birth experience can be a stressful time, you don’t need additional stress in your life. Throughout your pregnancy and especially as your due date approaches, seek positivity. Maintaining your peace will help your mental health and keep the baby safe from unnecessary stress.
Prepare for Labor With Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center
As the time winds down until you can meet your little bundle of joy, preparing for labor and delivery becomes more critical each day. Our Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center team can help you learn what to do before, during and after childbirth.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or to schedule a class today.