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control during labour and birth

8 ways you can have more control during labour and birth

Lack of control during labour and birth is a common concern and I am always keen to stress that, while labour and birth, can be unpredictable, there are things you can do to have a greater sense of control. Firstly, what does it mean to have control? When it comes to labour and birth, you can’t control the pace or length of labour, you can’t control whether it is easy or not. But there are things you can do that could have some impact on how your labour unfolds and flows. Control can be very subjective and how you perceive control can also be about having realistic expectations of what labour and birth is. For me, having control is about having a foundation of knowledge, being able to work your body, knowing what might help and being able to stay as calm as possible. It’s also about being able to adjust to changes, to be involved in decisions and to know what your options are. So what help give you more control during labour and …

doing birth on purpose

10 simple ways to work towards a straightforward birth

There is so much you can to prioritise a straightforward birth during your pregnancy. This is about preparing well, thinking about your options and knowing what could make a difference to you during labour and birth. As a practitioner who has worked with expectant parents for many years, I know how essential it can be to enhance your knowledge with realistic birth preparation. Being better prepared for straightforward birth also means you are then better prepared if it becomes more complicated. Labour and birth can be unpredictable and straightforward can not be guaranteed but there is strength in being better prepared and not leaving it all to chance. And personalising your birth preparation so it is tailored to you. Don’t leave it to chance Everyone prepares for labour differently – some people read everything and attend every group, others just want to deal with it as it happens. There isn’t really a right way to do this but I have lost count of the number of new parents who have said “I wish I knew…” …

make sure you rest in labour

Rest is an essential part of labour and birth

Rest is crucial during labour and birth – to allow you to conserve your energy, to recharge, to enable you to move as you need to. Good birth preparation is also about an awareness of how to manage and conserve your energy – this includes positions, using birth balls as well as the bed, using your breathing and pain management options. Labour can be brief and it can be long, no matter how your labour unfolds, listening to your body is really important. You can book a session with me if you have questions, need some additional support or preparation for birth & baby. antenatal & postnatal specialist | working with parents since 2002 Always seek medical support if you are concerned about yourself or your baby. Even if it is just a feeling that something isn’t right.

breathing skills in pregnancy

Do you know how to use your breathing?

Knowing how to use your breathing can help to ease any aches and pain, it can give you more energy and it help you to stay calm. By developing simple and effective relaxation and breathing skills, you will also use these techniques in labour, for birth and when your baby is here. Always seek medical support if you are concerned about yourself or your baby. Even if it is just a feeling that something isn’t right. Relax & Breathe runs as a digital course, which can run with 1:1 sessions. You can book a session with me if you have questions, need some additional support or preparation for birth & baby. antenatal & postnatal specialist | working with parents since 2002

Are you using a birth ball in pregnancy?

A birth ball/pregnancy ball/gym ball in pregnancy is a really simple way of easing back and hip ache, especially in your third trimester. A common question that comes up is what size to get and I often see photos of pregnant women using a ball that is too small, which might not help with that back ache. If you are over 5ft 7in, you will most probably need a 75in ball, otherwise a 65in ball will be more suitable for you. Make sure it is fully blown so it is firm to sit on. How to know your birth ball is the right size for you… when you sit on the ball, it supports you rather than sinking into it your feet are comfortably flat on the floor your knees are lower than your hips your back is straight it feels stable to sit on it it feels comfortable Sitting securely on a ball means you can rock and sway, moving your hips to ease any stiffness and discomfort in your joints. Always seek medical …