Listen very carefully here folks, your birth is YOUR birth. There is absolutely no RIGHT or WRONG way to have your baby. However, here are a few tips that might help you out. These are the top 5 things (plus one bonus!) or labor mistakes that moms tend to not do or forget about during birth that can make labor longer or result in a less than positive birth experience.
NOT RESTING IN EARLY LABOR
Its entirely reasonable to be excited & try to get labor going more quickly, but in early labor, its important to get enough rest so you’re ready for the main event.
WORRYING ABOUT GETTING THINGS “JUST RIGHT”
Your birth is not going to be like anyone else’s. This is what makes it so AMAZING. Just because you’ve been told or read that you’re “supposed to” birth a certain way, doesn’t mean you actually have to! We are a tribe of mothers who want to help each other, but don’t feel like you need to give birth any certain way. Follow your gut, it’ll be right.
NOT REMEMBERING TO GO PEE
This may seem like common sense, but when you’re caught up in childbirth, its easy to forget! Seriously though, at the end of pregnancy most (dare I say all?) moms say they feel like they have to go pee ALL.THE.TIME. but during labor somehow I find they need to be reminded. Emptying your bladder will help you be more comfortable and sitting on the toilet is an AWESOME labor position. It may even allow for a bit of extra space for baby to move down further for an easier birth.
NOT SPEAKING UP TO GET WHAT YOU WANT
Finding your own voice during birth can make the difference in helping you to feel more in control & have a better overall birth experience. If you’re unsure how to speak up, doulas are trained to help you with that.
DWELLING ON THE “PERFECT BIRTH”
Your birth will be unique. If your plans need to change, accept that you did the best you could with the resources available to you. You can create your own version of a perfect birth, even if its not what you had originally expected.
BONUS MISTAKE- FORGETTING TO USE YOUR B.R.A.I.N.
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Originally posted at DayspringDoula.com Brandi is a childbirth educator and birth doula living in West Fargo, ND. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, knitting and filling up her craft room with new projects when she isn’t helping families create their birth experience. You can find her actively posting on Facebook & Instagram. #dayspringdoula