As we celebrated my Son’s second birthday this past weekend, I began reminiscing on my labor & delivery experience. To say that it was a life altering event is certainly an understatement. Although it was painful and difficult to bear, my labor & delivery changed me as a person and allowed me to give birth to the sweetest, most wonderful little boy, thus making the entire process, completely and utterly worth it!
I wanted to share my personal tips for getting through labor & delivery with first-time Mom’s who may have a million questions running through their mind. I know I did! For example, I remember practically begging other mom’s to tell me what labor felt like (although each time, I was left with a vague description that left much to be answered). I also had other questions related to what their labor experience was generally like. I must have talked to hundreds by the time my day finally came. It wasn’t until I experienced it for myself that I fully understood the process!
It’s important to speak with your doctor or midwife to figure out what works best for you. These tips are for people with normal, healthy, and low-risk pregnancies with the assumption that those who are reading this are planning on having a vaginal birth. If you have a scheduled C-section, many of these tips will not apply to you. Each person, circumstance, and pregnancy is different so results will of course vary and overall experiences are completely subjective.
You can never be completely prepared but it helps to have a general idea on what may or may not work for you. Keep in mind that no matter HOW you end up birthing your child, the single most important thing is that both you and your baby end up healthy when all is said and done.
There is no “right” way to give birth to your child and each person will have their own unique story to tell after the fact, and that’s what makes the experience of labor & delivery that much more beautiful!