Prepping for Labour: A Midwife's Guide
Getting ready for the birth of your baby is a thrilling and sometimes overwhelming time. There is a lot to think about and prepare for, but fear not - this guide aims to help you with practical steps and essential items for your hospital bag to make the journey smoother.
Practical Steps for Preparing for Birth
- Know Your Birth Preferences: Understand your options and consider writing a birth plan to express your preferences, but be open to changes depending on circumstances.
- Stay Active: Regular exercise during pregnancy can help you build stamina and strength for labour and recovery. Gentle exercises like prenatal yoga or walking can be beneficial.
- Attend Antenatal Classes: These classes are incredibly useful for understanding the process of labour, learning pain-relief techniques, and for asking any questions you may have.
- Understand Pain Management Options: Explore various methods like breathing techniques, massage, hydrotherapy, and medical interventions to understand what might work best for you.
- Prepare for Early Labour at Home: Early labour can be long, especially for first-time mothers. Plan for activities to keep you relaxed and distracted at home, such as watching films or taking a walk.
- Postnatal Care: Don't forget to plan for after birth too. This includes considering your Comfort Down Under – Postnatal Perineal Care, which is incredibly soothing for 'down under' post birth. It cools on contact and helps keep the perineum clean and fresh after delivery. You can use it as often as you like during the weeks after birth.
What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag
Knowing what to pack in your hospital bag can be a daunting task. Here are some essentials to include:
- Your birth plan and maternity notes
- Comfortable clothing – Consider our Baba West Organic Cotton Towelling Camel Maternity Two Piece for a soft and cosy loungesuit that grows beautifully with your body during pregnancy.
- Items to aid relaxation or pass time, such as books, music, or a tablet
- Snacks and drinks for labour
- Baby clothes, including vests and sleepsuits
- Nappies, cotton wool and a baby blanket
- Car seat for the ride home
- A change of clothes - Consider our Baba West Organic Cotton Towelling Navy Two Piece, perfect for new mamas with subtle zips at the bust for easy access when breastfeeding or pumping.
Don't forget to think about your postnatal nutritional needs too. After giving birth and if breastfeeding, your body has a different set of nutritional requirements. Our Revital Essence, Postnatal & Breastfeeding Supplement is perfect for this period, providing important nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and choline for you and your baby.
Remember, while preparing for labour and birth, the most important aspect is that you and your baby are safe and healthy. Keep open communication with your healthcare provider and don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have. Good luck, mama!
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