It seems like just yesterday when you learned about your pregnancy, now your due date is fast approaching. Perhaps some anxiety and nervousness is starting to bubble up. Here are a few tips shared by Kelly Campbell, M.D., that may help calm your nerves as you get ready to welcome your new baby into this world.
1. Be flexible.
At WHMC we want patients to have their own birth plans and we respect their wishes, as long as it keeps our patient and their baby healthy. At times, things may progress differently, and the need to switch up your birth plan may be necessary. But, we will do our best to make sure that we keep you and your baby healthy and follow your birth plan as closely as nature allows us.
2. Discuss your fears with us.
The top four fears that most women have are, pain, needles, need for an episiotomy, and a C-section, when going in to labor and delivery. When you discuss these fears with us, or your nurse, we can help you feel more comfortable. Our job is to make sure that you, our patient, are comfortable. By discussing these fears, we can provide more education and offer suggestions that will help to alleviate some of your anxiety.
3. Educate yourself.
Educating yourself on what you might expect during labor and delivery will help you prepare for your own delivery. Also, take advantage of the classes that are offered at the local hospitals, such as labor and delivery classes, breastfeeding classes, or newborn care classes. Education is one way to know what to expect, prepares you mentally and emotionally for childbirth, and helps to ease anxiety as the day approaches.
4. Stay calm.
The best way to make sure you have a wonderful experience is to stay calm. Bring items with you that may help you stay calm, such as soothing music, a focal point, and a partner that will help keep you remain calm. Be open to the idea of taking a bath for relaxation, having a massage, or even going for a walk around the Labor and Delivery floor. Surround yourself with things that will keep you calm and leave the stressors at home.
Your doctors at WHMC are here for all your questions regarding what you might expect during your labor and delivery. Like you, we want your birthing experience to be positive.