Tips to Make Labor and Delivery Easier
Far too often, women think childbirth is meant to hurt badly unless they take pain meds or have an epidural. A difficult delivery just happens, and there’s no way to prevent it. This isn’t necessarily the case. You can take steps during your pregnancy that can make your labor and delivery easier on you and less painful. Fortunately, at PCH Chiropractic, we offer this service and have over 40 years of combined experience in Prenatal Chiropractic care. Let’s discuss how we can help you.
Have a Caregiver You Trust
Not all midwives and OBGYNs are the same. While they may have the necessary education and licensure to deliver your baby, they each have their own philosophies. And it’s possible to find one whose idea of the perfect delivery doesn’t quite match. In these cases, the person may try to push their views on you.
A practitioner’s bedside manner matters as well. Think about it this way: if you don’t mesh well with the medical provider, you won’t want to ask questions. You may be embarrassed to discuss certain topics or uncomfortable about asking what to expect because you feel like you should know the answer. You want a practitioner you feel comfortable with and who you can talk to during every step of the process.
Consider Having a Plan
Birth plans are beneficial for some people, while others may find that, if they can’t stick to the plan, it’ll cause more anxiety. Therefore, think logically if a birth plan would benefit you. If you’re the type of person who likes to plan and can’t steer off the track at all, it might not be for you. However, if you like to plan but are okay with deviating off the course a bit, it could work for you. And even if you never considered yourself a planner in the past, it could still benefit you.
When creating your birth plan, consider when and who’ll cut the cut cord. Would you like it to be your partner? Do you want a home birth,a birthing center, or would you prefer to be in the hospital?
Creating an environment where you feel safe physically and emotionally will help you to stay calm and also follow your mother’s instinct. Think music, essential oils, people, blankets, and clothing that brings you comfort and peace.
Although some women are told they need to remain on bed rest to protect their health and that of their unborn babies, the average woman without any health risks during pregnancy should remain active. Studies have shown a connection between shorter labor and a woman remaining active throughout her pregnancy. It can also improve endurance so the mother is less exhausted during labor and delivery.
Research also indicates a link between fewer medical interventions during labor and delivery and staying active. Plus, it may even help you stay more comfortable throughout the process.
Make sure you ask about your limitations during pregnancy. There are some activities you need to avoid.
Get Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is said to shorten labor times. It has been shown that aligning the pelvic region and the lower back can help with shorter and easier delivery. As a result, there is less constraint, and the baby can pass through the canal with less difficulty.
Chiropractic will also relax your muscles and loosen the joints in the pelvic region. This widens the birth canal. You then have less pain and risk of experiencing birthing complications, including breech deliveries.
At PCH Chiropractic, we’re a search result for “chiropractor near me” for prenatal care for a reason. Not only do we offer prenatal care, but we strive to make pregnancy as easy on you as possible and can even assist during pregnancy to improve your labor and delivery.
Book a prenatal visit with PCH Chiropractic if you’d like to try a method that may help with your labor and delivery. Contact us at 949-503-2691, or use our booking tool.