Start your pregnancy out right. Eat healthy. Avoid complications later by starting as soon as you can, even if it’s the end of your pregnancy - It’s NEVER too late. Also, it is the best time for you and your family to transition into a healthier lifestyle that your child can model from you later.
- maintaining energy levels,
- stabilizing blood sugar,
- managing morning (or evening) sickness,
- making better choices to satisfy those (let’s be honest sometimes crazy) cravings
- holistic lifestyle adjustment
- Feel better and have a higher self-esteem
-Moms that are physically fit are less likely to ask for pain medication.
STEP 3: Get Adjusted, regularly.
- Ina May’s Guide to childbirth;
- A Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, and
- Hypnobirthing, Morgan method
A doula is there to support your choices in an unbiased manner and provide comfort measures. She is also there to make sure you understand everything that is going on and that the providers take the time to explain everything fully. Translating medical jargon is part of the doula's job too.
Make sure to ask a lot of questions.
This is a big one. According to American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology elective inductions increase your chances of having a C-section rate by 50%. With our local C-section rates at about 40% you can be looking at an overall 60% risk with just the intervention of inducing your labor, add other interventions and well it goes up.
Your baby also benefits from the hormones of labor. Baby is the one that starts the process of labor, signaling that he or she is ready to be born.
Remember to follow the steps and it will keep your chances of a good respected birth high, even if you choose to be induced, get an epidural or have a c-section. Which is ok! Remember it is YOUR choice.
STEP 10: Stay Home as Long As Possible!