There are so many blog posts and online classes that revolve about what you should do during labour, but what about what not to do during labour? Sometimes, it’s pretty neat to learn about things you shouldn’t be doing to help avoid some unnecessary interventions and outcomes. Here’s a crash course.
Four things NOT to do during labour
1. Never overexert yourself
Getting all excited when you feel the first contractions is a normal thing when you’re approaching your due date. And we don’t blame you for wanting to jump up and get things going as soon as possible. But did you know that resting is just as important as movement during active labour? Sure, being upright and changing positions frequently can help position your baby for the big show, but labour can take hours, even days, which is why it’s super important to rest up. The last thing you want to do is burn out before the main event.
2. Do NOT go to the hospital too soon
This only applies if you’re giving birth at a hospital or birthing centre. You really want to wait as long as possible before heading over to the hospital if you’re set on a vaginal delivery. Getting there too soon can see you being sent home, which is a massive drag. Or the hospital might decide to keep you there and give you Pitocin or break your water to help speed up the labour process. All of these things just increase your chances of getting a C-section, so the last thing you want is to be induced.
3. Please don’t hyperventilate or hold your breath
Breathing is something that naturally happens during the labour process, but hyperventilating or holding your breath is something NOT to do during labour. It’s easy to fall into this trap since you might start over-breathing or breathing too rapidly if you get worked up or freaked out. All this does is to cause dizziness, numbness, and tingling of the hands and feet or face. Ideally, you want to do abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing because it helps with relaxation and stress relief, oxygenating deep tissue and strengthening the diaphragm.
4. Don’t fight the process
You can rock labour and enjoy the birth of your baby, or you can have a horrible experience by resisting the process. The key to success is to surrender your bod to the experience and allow the labout to open your body and not fight the process. Let your body do what it needs to do so that everything can proceed as nature intended. If a new position doesn’t feel right, change positions. Listen to your body. if you feel like you need to rest, do it. If your body is sending you signals to do something, just go with it. don’t fight it, you’ve got this