We were so blessed to have a natural, water birth with Baby A and we’re excited to be headed down that same path with Baby A2!
**I am not a medical professional and everything I do is by recommendation and after discussion with my midwife. This post is purely anecdotal in nature and is not intended to tell you what is right for you or for your body/baby. I am simply sharing what has worked and what is working for me as I prepare my mind/body/heart for our second natural birth. If what you are doing is different & is working for you, great! Please, keep it up & share your tips with me in the comments! Again, I am NOT a medical professional so please take what I share for what it is: one mom’s natural birth preparation journey.**
Here are some things I am doing to prepare myself for another natural birth.
1. Fit2Be Studio Workouts – I was introduced to Fit2B Studios a couple of months after Baby A was born. Through the ‘tummy safe’ workout videos, I was able to quickly heal my Diastasis (click here to learn more & check if you have DR) and strengthen my core. Bethany Learn, the founder & operator of Fit2B, has a WHOLE section of Pregnancy workouts that are completely tummy safe & help you improve your core strength. I’ve especially enjoyed the Mula Bandha (think really deep Keigels!) workouts which help me strengthen my pelvic floor in preparation for labor! The stronger your core is, the more work each contraction can do which will hopefully lead to a quicker labor.
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2. Vitamin & Supplement Regimen – in addition to my pre-natal vitamins, I’ve added various vitamins & supplements to my daily routine. You can read about what I take on a daily basis in this post. We will also be adding Evening Primrose Oil, which softens the cervix, during the final weeks leading up to delivery. You can receive $10 off your first $30 Vitacost.com purchase (which is where I get most of vitamin/supplement daily intake) by using my referral link. Not only will you get a coupon, but I will get one as well so thanks in advance =)
3. Carefully Watch Your Weight Gain – Did you know that your pregnancy should never be used as an excuse to ‘eat for two’? Did you know that your body only needs an extra 300-500 healthy calories per day for your baby’s growth & development? Did you know that the highest recommended weight gain for an underweight woman carrying one baby is 40 pounds, an average weight woman is 35 pounds, and an overweight woman is 25 pounds?
Every pregnancy and every body is different and ladies, we should NEVER EVER compare our bodies or weight gain to another woman’s. However, we should be aware that excessive weight gain during pregnancy is detrimental to our health and can be detrimental to our baby’s health. The more weight you gain during your pregnancy, the chance of becoming ‘high risk’ and developing life threatening conditions increases. If you’re ultimate goal is a natural birth, you need to keep yourself as low-risk as possible.
4. Do Your Research – The first book I read during my pregnancy with Baby A was Barbara Harper’s “Gentle Birth Choices” and it blew me away. Harper spent years researching hospital births and natural, midwife assisted births and presents her findings in an empowering way for those wishing to birth without medical intervention. Pick up your copy today on Amazon (please click the picture with my affiliate link below).
Also, My husband & I took a Bradley Method birthing class during my first pregnancy and we’re excited to add HypnoBirthing to our natural labor & delivery tool belt.
I love what the HypnoBirthing website has to say about what you will get out of using this method: “You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony–as they were designed to–when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth.”
Visit HypnoBirthing website to learn more by clicking here.
5. Pray – As a believer and follower of our Lord & Savior, I know that the most important thing I can do is cover my new baby & my body in prayers. Prayers for healthy development & growth, prayers for a safe labor and delivery with no complications, prayers for a healthy postnatal baby & mommy, and prayers for a quick, easy recovery and adjustment for everyone after Baby A2 is born. I’m fully aware that my Lord is in control and things might not go as I have planned them but our Lord tells us in Jeremiah 29:11-13
‘”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.“‘ (NIV)
Mommies to be, please remember that preparing your body, mind, and heart for a natural birth is important. However, our labors & deliveries are in the capable hands of our Lord and things might not go as expected or as planned. The ultimate goal is to bring our babies safely into this world, however that may look. If your labor/delivery does not go as planned, hold your precious miracle a little tighter and thank God for getting them here safely. Heal your heart & body first. If you are ready for another birth & want things to go differently, talk to mommies who have had a delivery similar to what you are looking for, do your research, and be informed as to what you can do the next time you are blessed with another little bundle of blessings. I’ve known too many mommies who have not had the births they wanted and find it hard to let go of the disappointment & bitterness that accompanied their experience. My prayer for you is peace…
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27 NIV)
If you are reading this and are pregnant, know that you are in my thoughts & prayers!
So, tell me
-Are you currently pregnant? When is the ETAB (Estimated Time of Arrival for Baby)?
-What does your ideal delivery look like?
-How are you preparing yourself? Any tips you can share?
-What are some scriptures you have clung to during pregnancy?