Preparing to bring your baby into the world is a new and exciting time, every time! In your last trimester there are some great ways for you to strengthen and nourish yourself physically and mentally for the wonderful roller coaster ride that awaits you!
It would be wonderful to plan exactly how your birth was going to be but let’s accept and acknowledge right now that you can’t make yourself have the birth you want. Preparing your body will increase your chances of having a better birth outcome though. Have an open mind, hope for the best for you and your baby and remember that it is out of your hands. A healthy mother and baby is the important outcome.
Walking is a great way to prepare your body for birth! Walk from 30 minutes daily and build it up to an hour or hour and a half. Sitting on a birth ball instead of chair throughout the day is great too. You can roll your hips and encourage good positioning.
Eating 3 to 5 fresh medjool dates is beneficial, this study found that women who ate dates regularly before birth had better birth outcomes. Great for sweet cravings too! I love herbal tea, a blend of raspberry leaf, peppermint and ginger is lovely. Drink 2-3 cups daily from 36 weeks. Lots of soups and organic meats, vegetables, fruits, cultured pastured butter and sourdough bread etc.
Surround Yourself With Great People
There are some fantastic obstetricians, midwifes, doulas, birth support people etc. out there! Enjoy being supported by helpful and encouraging family and friends and keep your distance from draining people e.g. the woman who just can’t wait to tell you her horror birth story in detail even though she knows you are about to give birth any moment!
What a great time to pamper yourself! I was having lots of acupuncture, chiropractic and massage treatments up to the lead up of Chiara’s birth and I believe they helped, I had a fantastic, quick birth. Even if they didn’t, they kept me emotionally sane while I was very worried about being induced. Thankfully that was avoided. Gaya at Encompass Chiropractic is experienced and excellent at preparing women for birth preparation for you Melbourne people, and in Sydney I saw Amy and Crystal Street Family Chiropractic. Anoushka at Restore Acupuncture (Alphington, Vic) has done wonders for me pre-natally and postpartum, and in Sydney, Ngaio and Kevin looked after me at the House of Fertility & Healing.
Stay Positive, Embrace Affirmations
Here are some birth affirmations for you from Byron Bay Doula, to stay positive through this exciting and challenging time.
Your birth support (ie. partner/friend) will be amazing especially if they can do acupressure for you! It helps so much! My sister and partner were incredible, it really helped me get through the pain naturally. Debra Betts has some fantastic information regarding this for you here.
Wishing you a wonderful and positive baby arrival experience and… enjoy motherhood, it is precious, they grow quickly!
xx Ilana Sowter Acupuncture Melbourne, @Ivanhoe