As I approach full term pregnancy (!!), there are a few things I’m doing to prepare my body for labour and the baby.
Dates. I read on Mama Natural’s blog that there is research stating that women who ate dates a month before their due date dilated and delivered easier with out induction. I thought, why not give it a go? So, I’ve been eating 6 dates a day.
Pregnancy Tea. I took the recipe off of a natural birth and varied it slightly. The tea contains raspberry leaf, nettle, alfalfa, and peppermint. These help tone the uterus, cleanse the liver, and provide extra nutrients. To read more, click the link above and read her post on the tea. I’m currently drinking 1 cup a day and will probably kick it up to 2 cups next week.
Perennial prep massage. I’ve started this with my husband this week. I recommend having a partner to do this for you, as it is very difficult to reach around a pregnant belly to get to where you need to go. Basically, the perenium is the area between your vagina and bum, and this is the area that is likely to tear during labour. In order to avoid this, my husband is helping me stretch it. You start with two fingers, insert them into the base of the vagina and press down until a burning sensation is felt. Keep this held down until the sensation goes away. Repeat it 3 times per day. Eventually, you build up to 4 fingers. This is also helping me get ready mentally, because there’s a part of me that’s thinking “4 fingers?! Aaaah!” and yet I know that the baby’s head will probably be quite a bit bigger than 4 fingers haha.
Journalling about my fears. I did this the other morning. It probably took about 2 hours, but I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. It didn’t completely eradicate my fears, but it helped me know that clinging to God’s promises and giving Him all my fears are going to make all the difference. I used passionate homemaking‘s suggestions from this post. I’m also going to follow her advice on preparing my heart for motherhood in the next few weeks.
Writing down Scriptures. I’ve started compiling a list of promises and passages from the Bible that I can cling to and have around me during labour. I know I will need to cling to this as I’m in pain and getting to the birth of my baby.
If you’re expecting a baby, what are you doing to prepare? If you’ve had a baby, what kinds of things did you do that you found helpful when you arrived at labour?