Ready or not? Take some simple steps to prepare yourself for childbirth.
Readying the nursery and reading about infant care can help prepare you for your baby's arrival, but there are also some things you can do to help prepare you for labor and delivery.
• Take a childbirth education class and tour the medical center. Such a class will often cover topics including labor signs, stages of labor, when to go to the hospital, breathing techniques, pain management options, vaginal versus cesarean birth and more. It will also discuss dad's role in the delivery room and how he can best help you through labor. In addition to taking a class, familiarize yourself with the medical center where you'll give birth by taking a tour of the labor and delivery unit.
• Exercise. After getting your doctor's approval, do pregnancy-friendly exercises that can help prepare you for childbirth by strengthening your muscles and building your stamina. Consider safe activities such as prenatal yoga, walking and swimming. Avoid activities that involve high heat or heavy weights, or that have you reclined on your back or in harm's way.
• Talk to your doctor. Ask questions, get his or her opinion, discuss possible scenarios and your specific circumstances.
• Draft a birth plan. A birth plan isn't set in stone, however it outlines your intentions and wishes as you begin your journey of childbirth. The plan can be altered as you're experiencing labor and delivery, if desired.
To learn more about our labor and delivery services, Birthcare & Baby Classes or hospital tours for expecting moms, visit us online or call us at (972) 540-4555. Our classes are free to anyone delivering their baby at Medical Center of McKinney.