If you’re feeling anxious about pregnancy, birth or becoming a parent, then please don’t worry – it is totally common to be experiencing such emotion. Preparing for labour and birth, however, can help alleviate some of the stress and ensure that things go as smoothly as possible.
The following tips and advice will help you prepare for giving birth if you’re feeling worried about the experience.
Attend an antenatal class
Antenatal classes are a great way for parents-to-be to prepare for labour and delivery.
Led by professional midwives, The Parents Class provides expectant parents with evidence-based support and advice, empowering them to make informed decisions shaped around their individual needs. Our classes cover the likes of creating a birth plan, pain relief options during birth and birth preferences.
Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your plans and concerns with professionals and other parents.
Do you live in Greenwich? Find your nearest The Parents Class session.
Take other parents’ experiences with a pinch of salt
If you’re feeling nervous about your baby’s birth, listening to other parents’ stories isn’t always the best option. Although we always encourage expectant parents to speak to others, it’s important that you keep open-minded and take other parents’ experiences with a pinch of salt.
Remember, every parent and every baby is different and no two births are the same. If you have any concerns or worries, always as a professional, like our midwives here at The Parents Class.
Exercise during pregnancy can be very beneficial, not only for de-stressing but also for building your strength and endurance for delivery.
Any exercise is helpful – even if it’s just a 30-minute walk, however, a pregnancy yoga class is a great way to prepare your body for labour. In addition to getting your baby in the best position for birth, you will learn positions to assist you during labour and will be taught how to relax and breathe to help you remain calm.
If you live in Greenwich and are expecting a baby then you might consider checking out Busy Lizzy. Busy Lizzy is especially for mums-to-be in Greenwich, giving expectant and new parents access to more than 25 classes – including a whole range of prenatal sessions, including pregnancy yoga, pilates and vibe (a cardio class), which can be enjoyed virtually or in person.
Focus on relaxation
Sleeping well and relaxing will help you feel in the right mental place to begin the journey of labour and motherhood.
Of course, we recognise getting a good night’s sleep when pregnant might be easier said than done. Why not try mindfulness practices such as meditation or deep breathing can help you stay focused and relaxed on the day of your baby’s arrival?
You may also want to consider hypnobirthing, which is a combination of breathing, visualisation, and relaxation techniques that help to ease fear, stress, and anxiety during birth. If this is something you’d like to explore, then you could check out Rise & Glow’s hypnobirthing sessions. Located in Greenwich, Rise & Glow offers group, private and online hypnobirthing courses, especially for expectant parents in the area.
Pack your hospital bag
Consider packing your hospital bag before week 37 of pregnancy. You can then be sure that you’ll have everything you need ready to go if you go into labour early.
You’ll need a main bag containing everything you need for labour, post-labour, and for your baby, as well as your birthing partner’s hospital bag. With plenty of stores located in Greenwich Shopping Park – including Boots and Matalan, we’re sure you’ll be able to get everything you need for your hospital bag in one place.
Preparing for labour in Greenwich? Join The Parents Class!
Remember, it’s normal for expectant parents to have questions about the labour process and birth. If you’re pregnant then join Our Community. Our Community is a digital platform available for expectant parents. Complete with online forums and resources, Our Community not only provides you with useful information but it allows you to connect with other parents, as you prepare for the arrival of your baby.
If you are pregnant, live in Greenwich and haven’t already done so, then join The Parents Class. Our antenatal classes are on your doorstep, and we can’t wait to welcome you to your first session.