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How to Prepare Yourself for Childbirth

Having a child is a fantastic experience but can also be challenging. Labour and delivery take a lot of effort. To prepare yourself both physically and mentally, planning and addressing any concerns before heading to the hospital is essential.

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1. Exercise and Train for Childbirth

Working with a physical therapist to learn the techniques for pushing during delivery and finding positions that make labour easier is crucial. Additionally, exercises are essential for strengthening the necessary muscles and reducing muscle soreness and discomfort after giving birth.

Engaging in yoga poses during pregnancy can alleviate discomfort and prepare your muscles for childbirth. The deep squat effectively relaxes the pelvic floor muscles, while the cat/cow pose can relieve lower back pain. It's always advisable to seek the guidance of a pregnancy yoga instructor or physical therapist who can adjust your poses according to your body's changes during pregnancy.

If you cannot do the above, simple walking for 30 minutes a day keeps you active and healthy.

2. Antenatal classes can help you prepare for childbirth and caring for the baby postpartum

Attending antenatal classes during your second trimester is crucial. Both you and your partner must attend together to understand better and support your needs. These classes offer valuable information like:

Maternal nutrition

Relaxation training

Breathing exercises and techniques during childbirth


Psychological preparing techniques for the arrival of your baby

How to manage labour and painless labour options like epidural anesthesia

How to care for your newborn

Also Read : Natural Pain Relief Techniques For Labour

3. Signs of labour: understand when to go to the hospital and what to bring

Knowing the right time to head to the hospital on the big day is important. If you start experiencing the initial labour signs, consult your obstetrician. You should go to the hospital when you experience any of the following:

When you're close to giving birth, there are a few signs that your body may show. Your amniotic sac could rupture, also known as your water breaking. Another sign is the mucous plug, which seals the cervix. As labour approaches, the plug will loosen and fall out. You may see it as a mucus glob in your underwear or the toilet; it can be clear, pinkish, or have a bit of blood in it.

During pregnancy, it is common to experience back pain that can worsen, particularly in the lower back area. Some women may also feel this pain radiating to their pelvic area. It is important to note that if you are experiencing regular and intense contractions that occur every 10-15 minutes for 1-2 hours, it may be a sign of labour.

Heavy vaginal bleeding

Decreased foetal movements

Blurred vision

Severe headaches


Intense stomach/abdominal pain


Ways to Deal with Labour Pain

Natural strategies, such as coping with contractions, can help manage discomfort during the birthing process. Here’s how:

  • For a comfortable labour experience, creating a calming environment with plenty of space to move around is essential. Consider a room with various furniture, such as a rocking chair or soft bed, to help you relax.
  • Having a support system in place can be helpful when dealing with pain. Consider contacting your partner, mother, or friend for assistance managing your discomfort. Having a reliable team to rely on can help lower your stress levels.
  • It is vital to know labour. Being aware of what to expect during labour and delivery can assist you in effectively managing your pain. Always keep in mind that the pain is temporary and will eventually subside.
  • Discover rhythmic breathing techniques that can assist you in managing your pain while experiencing contractions. By exhaling, tension is released, and this can decrease pain levels.
  • To manage discomfort, alternate between warm and cool compresses. Applying warmth to your back or shoulders can help reduce pain, while a cool compress can alleviate sweating, which can be bothersome.
  • Try using lotion or mild oil massage to relax your muscles between contractions.

Hospital bag checklist

Pack a bag ready with what you need around a month before the due date.

These include:

Documents and prescriptions

Cord blood collection kit (if any)


Two sets of outfits (with front opening for breastfeeding)

Disposable underwear

Toiletries (hospital will provide basic toiletries)

Nursing bra

Maternity pads


For baby:

Receiving blanket/baby blanket

Baby mittens and boots

Baby cap

3-4 sets of clothing


4. Care for yourself and your baby post-delivery

Post-delivery baby tests

After your baby is born, the medical team will perform tests to ensure good health or notify your doctor of any potential medical issues.

These tests include:

The APGAR test is a rapid evaluation of a newborn's health status. It is performed one and five minutes after birth, assessing the baby's skin colour, heart rate, reflexes, muscle tone, and breathing.

G6PD deficiency (lack of an enzyme)

Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function)

Hearing loss

Bilirubin to assess for infant jaundice

Also Read : How to Prepare Yourself for a Healthy Pregnancy: 10 Tips

After delivery: Breastfeeding

Lactation consultation

Following delivery, lactation consultants can visit your room and guide the initial breastfeeding process. Additionally, the ward offers breastfeeding classes. Breastfeeding can be overwhelming, particularly for new mothers, so having a professional to provide guidance and support is highly beneficial.

During your pregnancy, it's important to cherish the little moments. At Cloudnine Hospital, we're here to help you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for both you and your baby.

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