How to prep your body for labor and delivery
The last month of pregnancy is so exciting! It also feels like 48336 days long. These are the days that you look up any and every article pertaining to labor, breastfeeding and hospital bag checklist. Your Pinterest boards are filled with random pregnancy related pins that you plan on reading once your maternity leave begins. But my favorite things to read are “how to prepare yourself for labor and delivery”. Even as an experienced mom to 4 babies, I still find those blog posts beneficial!
So with all that being said, here are my tips on what to do to prepare your body for labor!
1. Walk: Walk walk walk! If you live in Florida with ridiculous year round heat, get on a treadmill at the gym, go to the mall and walk some laps, or if you’re really feeling adventurous, go to Disney World. You’ll easily knock out like 20,000 steps! Walking plays a huge part in labor. Gravity works in your favor, by having your baby’s head press on your cervix. Squats are also very helpful, so throw some squats while you walk, you’re also doing your booty a favor!
2. Sex: and by sex, I mean orgasmic sex that you and your hubby both orgasan. Your orgasam releases oxytocin and oxytocin can trigger and create contractions! And your husband’s semen contains prostaglandins which can help ripen your cervix! But sex in general is great to help stimulate the uterus to get things going. When I was pregnant with my first, I asked my midwife how to naturally induce labor and get things going…she said “Sex. The same way you got that little guy in there, is the same way to help get him out”. Plus your husband will like this, especially since he’ll have a 6-8 week dry spell.
3. Bounce on an Exercise Ball: Kind of the same effect as walking, but bouncing on the ball opens up your pelvis and gets baby into the head down position. Her head will be adding pressure onto your cervix which will help ripen it up! So while you watch TV or fold clothes, sit on the bouncey ball. But make sure you’re safe, and holding onto something or have something to grab onto near by!
4. Add evening primrose oil to your diet: So I only did this because it wasn’t okayed by my doctor and midwife. I bought the 1,000 mg evening primrose oil capsules from target and took 1-2 daily for the last month. Apparently EPO contains prostaglandins, and if you remember, that’s the same stuff in your mans semen that helps ripen the cervix! Some mamas I know have inserted them vaginally at bed time (wearing a pad) and let it dissolve over night. I personally have not done that because I’m weird about sticking things in my hoo-hah but talk to your doctor before you do that!
5. Drink Labor Prep Tea: I drank the Pink Stork Labor Prep Tea, and loved it! The tea is made up of Red Raspberry Leaf, Nettle Leaf, Chamomile Flowers, Rosehip Fruit, Oatstraw Lead and Stevia Leaf. This tea is designed to use during the 2nd and 3rd trimester, and it’s used to strengthen and tone the uterus and to prepare your body for your baby’s arrival. I drank this literally every single day for the last month of my pregnancy! And I believe it aided in such a smooth labor, delivery and recovery!
So those aren’t my 5 tips for preparing your body physically for a baby! I’m sure there are more things you can do to prepare for it physically, but these are the 5 things I’ve done and I’ve been able to have 4 uncomplicated and healthy vaginal deliveries!
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