When you're pregnant, the moment you look forward to and dread the most is giving birth. It's an amazing experience to bring your baby into the world, but you also have concerns. For instance, if this is your first baby, you may be concerned about the labor itself, and you may be wondering what it will be like.
Alternative Birthing Experiences
You may be considering alternative birth options like having a home delivery or a water birth. It's best to talk all of your options over with your doctor and find a birth plan that you're comfortable with so that everyone is fully prepared for the big day.
Dealing With The Pain of Labor
One of the best ways to cope with the pain of childbirth is to prepare yourself prior to your delivery date by becoming informed about your many options for pain relief. Many women debate the option about whether or not to receive epidural pain relief. However, if this is not the right pain treatment option for you and if you are considering trying to experience the birth of your child naturally, then you may want to look into signing up for lamaze classes so that you can learn to relax and breath your way through the pain. It is also a good idea to study up on all of the latest and greatest pain medications and alternatives available so that if your labor pain eventually becomes too much to experience natural childbirth, you will know which pain relief is right for you and your baby. Get all of the information for understanding epidurals and about what an epidural is. Also find out about other pain relief options like the Bradley Childbirth method, pitocin, and other alternatives to epidurals. The more your prepare yourself prior to the big day, the better equipped you will be to make the right decision for the immediate situation.
But as you approach delivery day, your biggest concerns may have to do with delivery complications: what are the chances that there could be a complication, and how will this affect the delivery, and the health of you and your baby?
The best thing you can do to ease your mind as you approach the big day is to do your research. Ask your doctor about your chances of different complications like breech birth or premature rupture of membranes and get him or her to explain the different delivery techniques they may have to use if everything doesn't go as planned, like episiotomy, stripping membranes, and c-sections.
Finally, you may also want to check out our section on post-partum so that you know what will be happening directly after delivery too.
For more information on labor and giving birth check out our pregnancy videos.