Whether you’ve seen traumatic birth experiences shared on social media or even heard of them from friends, being nervous about giving birth, especially if it’s your first, is entirely understandable!
Women are often more likely to talk about the harder experiences than the easier births, so it’s easy to conclude that every delivery will be painful or scary. However, the sooner you start preparing, the more likely you will have a positive experience.
Read this article to explore what you can do to make your delivery as smooth and uneventful as possible.
Take Inventory of Your Concerns
Now is the time to self-reflect and identify why you are afraid. Do you have a pre-existing condition that will likely cause health complications? Have you heard harrowing birth stories that have influenced your perception?
Identify your exact concerns and think of appropriate people to share those with. For example, if you’re worried about the discomfort of birth, you can take birthing classes that will coach and prepare you with breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.
If there are health conditions that you’re alarmed about, don’t be afraid to share these with your provider so they can help you prepare accordingly or know what to expect during birth.
Being proactive can give you a sense of control and help you feel better prepared.
Rely on Your Support System
Being pregnant can be one of the most vulnerable times of a woman’s life, so if you feel anxious or afraid, you are not alone.
Voice your concerns out loud to anyone in your support system. Sometimes, even just voicing your worries can make a difference! They can team up with you to find solutions that will help alleviate your concerns.
If you are taking someone with you during labor and delivery, talk through what you both expect and what you think you will need to feel supported.
Find Your Next Steps
At Pregnancy Options Miami, we encourage and connect you to the healthcare and support services you need.
Starting with no-cost pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, we can refer you to birthing classes and more! Whatever you need to feel supported during your pregnancy, we are here to help you find the right resources. Contact us today!