Towards the end of the third trimester of pregnancy, your body will begin to show signs that it is time for your baby to be delivered.
The process that leads to the birth of your baby is referred to as labour and delivery. Every labour and delivery has stages, just know that each birth is unique. Even if you have had a baby before, the next time will be different, not always the same experience or process.
There are four stages of labour namely; the first stage includes early labour and active labour. The second stage lasts through the birth, with the baby going down and out of the birth canal. The third stage is after the birth when the placenta has been delivered. The final, that is the fourth stage is the first few hours after the birth.
When you indulge in regular exercise during pregnancy, it will help you handle the physical demands of labour and delivery. Try adding Kegel exercises to your daily activities. They help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles for contraction and delivery. This prevents a long period of pushing during labour.
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In your sixth or seventh month of pregnancy, consider going for a childbirth preparedness class with your partner or husband. It can teach you ways to relax and also the best ways for your partner to assist you.
There are several decisions to make about labour and delivery, how you will give birth, whom to assist you, family planning options and more. Before your expected date of delivery, talk to your doctor or midwife about your birthing options and what you prefer.
You can write down all of your choices as a birth plan. This gives you a chance to state how you would like something to be handled or managed. Lastly, find a soothing relaxation technique to keep doing before your baby pops out.
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