Straight From The Nurse’s Mouth: Advice For Moms-To-Be

Straight From The Nurse’s Mouth: Advice For Moms-To-Be

During the first trimester, childbirth seems far in the future. Even during months four through six, few moms-to-be are anxious about the big day. However, as the due date draws steadily closer, many women find themselves concerned that not everything will go according to plan. Some decide to let things happens organically. Other pregnant women overcompensate and plan every step of the way. The truth is, neither approach is perfect.

In this article, we’ll share some useful bits of advice from nurses who spend a lot of time in the delivery room. Their experience will come in handy if your due date is approaching and you’re uncertain regarding what to expect.

Plan Your Childbirth… A Little

Many moms-to-be have a mental image of how they would like their child’s birth to occur. To prepare, they’ll create a birth plan. The plan will usually include details about whether the delivery team should induce labor, use pain medications, and perform a Cesarean. It might also detail how the baby is handled and to whom the baby is given immediately following birth.

Planning is good. It gives the delivery team a clear game plan to follow in accordance with your wishes. However, nurses suggest that childbirth is always a little unpredictable. Be open to setting your birth plan aside if your health or the health of your baby is at stake.

Ask Questions

The delivery room hardly seems the place to bombard the nurses with questions, but they encourage you to do so. The doctor is there to deliver your baby. The nurses are there to help the doctor, but they also function as liaisons. That’s an important role.

If the doctor wants to move forward in a way that concerns you, ask the nurse, “Is this necessary right now or is there time for you to explain it to me?” If it truly is an emergency, you’ll know they’re going to have your and your baby’s best interests in mind. On the other hand, if there’s time, they’ll be happy to talk it through with you.

Take Classes

Many moms-to-be and their partners neglect to take childbirth classes. Maybe time is limited or they feel adequately prepared after having given birth in the past. Nurses claim that classes are always beneficial, even if this isn’t your first child. And for first-timers, they’re essential.

It’s also a good idea to take childbirth classes on caring for newborns and breastfeeding. No matter how many books you’ve read about these things, they will not prepare you as effectively as interacting with an experienced instructor.

With your due date looming, it’s important to prepare as much as possible. That said, be open to making last minute changes to your birth plan if the delivery team considers it a priority. Also, be ready to ask questions if you’re concerned about anything that happens in the delivery room. Finally, take classes with your partner. By the time your baby is ready to say hello, you’ll be well-prepared to welcome her.

Author: ParentingMaven

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