Since the beginning of my pregnancy I have said to myself that I wanted to really prepare myself for labour this time round.
This time round I feel really positive about how my labour will go…
I am not a midwife or a birthing expert but there are a few things I have started or will start soon to prepare my body and mind for labour…some of these I did my first pregnancy, others are totally new to me but after careful research I have decided they are right for my body…
I cant express enough how a positive mindset means everything in life, I won’t blab on about how much I love hypnobirthing, you can read my previous blog post on this here
I started this around 23 weeks and have two more sessions with my Hypnobirthing teacher soon. I will continue to do this up until labour and to be honest; it’s so calming, I’ll probably continue whenever I feel the need to relax. Now I’ve learnt these techniques you can apply the principles to everyday life.
In hypnobirthing they refer to anchors which are things; usually visual or a sensory such as a smell etc. that can take you back to when you are normally in your calm hypo birthing state. I have decided to use lavender as my smell anchor, so have brought a diffuser from amazon and some lavender oil, which I use when practicing my hypnobirthing. I will use this when I am in labour with the idea that it will help me remain calm and relaxed.
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Raspberry leaf tea is a type of herbal tea that has a number of benefits due to its high content of vitamins and minerals. It also comes in a capsule form.
It is very popular with pregnant ladies as it is thought to strengthen the uterus wall with the idea this will speed up labour.
Rasberry Leaf Tea is also thought to potentially help your milk come in, soften your cervix, reduce post-delivery bleeding and be effective at helping your uterus shrink back to its pre-baby size
It is recommended you start to take this from around 32 weeks in order for it to build up in your system by the time you go into labour.
There are some reasons why you shouldn’t take raspberry leaf tea, so always talk to your midwife before taking it 🙂
Clary Sage Oil
Clary sage is a variety of the sage herb plant, and has various aromatic and medicinal properties.
It has chemical similarities to oestrogen and because of this it is often thought to have a stimulating effect on over due mothers. Because of this fact it is not recommended you use this before 37 weeks.
With my first pregnancy I was overdue by 1 week and didn’t really try much apart from the usual pineapple, walks and lots of bedroom bouncing! Not sure any of these actually worked.
There are a few different ways you can use Clary Sage Oil; massage, in a bath and in a diffuser.
I am having the baby at Chelsea & Westminster in the birthing Centre and they have offer alternative treatment clinic for overdue mothers, massage with Clary Sage being one of them, so check with your birthing Centre if they offer this 🙂
If I go overdue I am 100% trying this!
The perineum is the bit of muscle between your minny/vagina/yoni (whatever your mother told you to call it) and bum. Perineal massage involves stretching and loosening this muscle in preparation for pushing out something the size of a watermelon out something the size of a lemon.
This is something first time mothers should definitely do however all mothers can benefit from this.
This should be carried out regularly from around 33/34 weeks…I wont gross you out with methods, have a google and find out how! There are also several brands of Perineum massage oil which are safe to use down there 🙂
Arnica is a plant which has medicinal purposes, it is well documented back to 1500’s that it has been used for healing purposes. It has lots of uses such as; reduces swelling and bruising, assists with sore muscles, promotes healing and many more.
I had some surgery several years ago and the surgeon recommended I take arnica prior to the surgery to reduce bruising. It was for this reason I decided to do some research on taking Arnica during pregnancy. Several professionals advise that it minimises the pain and prevents bruising post birth. Arnica is a homeopathic method so my Midwife could not advise me on taking this, but as mentioned I have taken it before and after research have found it is completely safe for the baby.
It is most useful to take one dose at the start of labour and one during labour just before delivery. It is useful to take a 30c dose three times a day for three days after the birth of the baby.
Now please ladies, I am not a qualified expert, and as mentioned there are reasons why some of these methods wont be suitable for every woman in their pregnancy. So if in doubt speak to your midwife 🙂
As for me, im almost 30 weeks, FUCCKKK….countdown is on peoples!!