Prepare Body Labor Pregnancy

A pregnancy on average is 39-40 weeks, but after 36 weeks a baby is considered full term. While the exact length of a pregnancy may be variable one thing is not, your pregnancy will end when you go into labor. Since most babies are not born until the ninth or tenth month of pregnancy, this leaves plenty of time to prepare the body for labor.

 Many women would agree that child labor is one of the most difficult and painful things they have every done. Labor occurs in four stages, the first stage where the cervix, or seal between the vagina and uterus opens and thins which ranges on average between ten to fourteen hours with a first time labor. The second stage in which the baby is actually delivered is usually around one to two hours in first time mothers. The third stage in which the placenta is delivered is around 15 minutes, and finally the fourth stage in which the body adjusts after labor. The fourth stage will likely last one to two hours.

 Despite how long a labor may take if all goes as planned your cervix will first open and then your will push a melon sized head out of your vagina. This process though incapable of being easy, can be made easier. This guide on how to prepare your body for labor will inform you of the few ways to make your labor, delivery, and recovery easier from a physical standpoint.

 Delivering a baby uses a group of muscles called the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles are usually only used when urinating, having a bowel movement or controlling the occurrence of either one. They also support many internal organs. On top of the unusual use of these muscles during labor, pregnancy itself also places unusual strain on these muscles, which can cause them to weaken and stretch.

  Like most muscles, the pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened through exercise. Pelvic floor exercise will help prepare your body to push your baby out. They will also help prevent incontinence issues after your labor and if you continue them post partum aid in healing of any damage to your perineum as well as help restore the shape of your vagina.

 The most common pelvic floor exercise is called a kegel. You can find a full in-depth instruction guide by searching how to do a kegel here on helium.

 On top of pelvic floor exercise light exercise should be continued throughout your pregnancy to keep your body overall in healthy condition. Stamina especially is important during labor as it can be a lengthy process in some cases. Be sure to ask your doctor if all exercise is safe for your particular health situation.

 Your perineum is the area between your vagina and your anus. Childbirth puts an intense amount of pressure on this area. It is very common for women to experience perineum tearing and bruising. If your labor is not going quickly enough and/or the baby is not handling the stress of labor well, an episiotomy or surgerical cut of the perineum may also be performed.

 You can reduce the chance of all of the above except bruising which will make your labor less go smoother, be slightly less painful as well as do the same for your recovery by practicing perineum massage in the third trimester of your pregnancy. You or your partner can perform a perineum massage.

 To perform a perineum massage:

#You or your partner will need to wash your hands and have trim, clean finger nails.

#Sit in a semi-reclined position, legs apart.

#Begin by applying a lubricant to your perineum and thumbs. What your use is your choice, olive oil, KY jelly, vitamin E cream, etc.

#Place thumbs 1-2 ½ inches into your vagina and press downwards toward your anus and out towards the sides at the same time. Stop when you feel a slight tingling and hold shortly.

#Next massage the vaginal walls in a U-motion for 2-3 minutes. Pull down and outward as your baby’s head will during delivery.

#Sweep around the opening and the vagina and surrounding skin for a few moments.

 Perineum massage is recommended 3-4 times a week to start and then daily in the last week or so before birth.

 Lastly, before beginning your labor you want to be as healthy and rested as possible. This means:

 *Getting lots of sleep.

 At the end of your pregnancy, you may want to rush and get everything done, give into that nesting urge and surge of energy and go, go, go. However, sleep is essential to having the stamina to last through what could be a long labor. Besides, once you have your baby you may not get as much sleep so it is a good idea to take advantage of your Z time now.

 *Eating right.

 Though many women tend to give into cravings during pregnancy having a healthy diet is one of the best things you can do to prepare your body for labor. Proper nutrition will give you strong healthy tissue that is less likely to tear during labor, strong healthy muscles that are ready to push and finally the energy to get the job done.Not to mention a healthy diet means a healthier baby.

 In addition in the last few weeks of your pregnancy, fresh pineapple contains an enzyme that helps ripen the cervix for labor. While this may not do wonders for your labor it may shorten the duration of stage one.