Prenatal Classes: Part One With Midwife Holliday TysonPrenatal classes can be critical to your peace of mind as labor gets closer and useful for helping ease any fears. Midwife Holliday Tyson does better than an amazing job explaining it in this video.
Prenatal Classes and Education Is Key To Easing Pain During Labor
With childbirth education classes or prenatal classes, you will learn the things that you do have control over. While your body prepares for birth. One of the major ones is practicing techniques with your partner that will help with pain during labor.
Techniques To Ease Pain
Some of the exercises that should be performed are lifting the uterus up – this helps with circulation and eases pain during labor. The next one is to have your partner put firm pressure on your back to ease back labor pain. This exercise compresses the nerves which relieve the pain.
Ways To Aid Labor
There are ways to help ease labor through relaxation. One of the main ones is to stay calm and quiet. Oxytocin helps labor move along, but if you’re in bright light, talking a lot, or distracted, oxytocin isn’t at optimal levels.
How Gentle Exercise Helps Childbirth
Exercise helps soften the cervix leading to an easier labor. Anything that puts pressure on the cervix will help soften the cervix. Gentle exercises like walking and moderate lifting are safe and should be performed for as long as possible unless otherwise noted by a doctor.
Exercises to open the pelvis will help with labor too. Things like squats and leaning forward on a table all contribute to opening the pelvis, and these activities will also assist the fetus in putting more pressure on the cervix, helping to soften it.
Do What Works For You!
There is nothing shameful or weak about needing to take advantage of painkilling methods for childbirth. Everyone has different pain tolerances and various types of nerves – these things are out of your control and dictate how much pain you feel and can handle.
Listen to your body’s needs when it comes to how much pain you can cope with, and obtain painkillers when it feels right for your body.