Monday, May 14, 2012

Guest Post: Consolidating Efforts for a Healthy Delivery

I am so pleased to introduce my first guest blogger- Ms. Katie Moore. Please keep reading this incredibly informative article on having a healthy delivery.

Expecting moms can sometimes find themselves constantly battling a steep learning curve of medical jargon, research, best practices, and treatment options during pregnancy. It can be a lot to absorb, especially with so many preparations to make for the big day and weeks of bonding with baby afterwards. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to consolidate many of the preparation activities, so that precious time and energy don’t have to be parsed between each one.

At Least Two Classes
Pregnancy and childbirth classes offer several benefits. Choosing the instructor wisely will give mom access to research-based information on many topics related to pregnancy. Besides just getting this information, most pregnancy classes are geared toward learning how to put it into practice. Meditation, breathing and exercise routines have all been proven beneficial, and classes will give mom the confidence to apply these to having a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Most pregnancy classes run for several weeks or months can also be a great opportunity to socialize with other moms and learn from the experiences of others.

The other necessary class should be offered by the health provider and will take place in the clinic or hospital prior to birth. Childbirth classes are an excellent way to relieve anxiety by becoming familiar with staff, facilities, and policies. Standard procedures often are not discussed in the regular check-ups, and some moms end up regretting now having become familiar with these. Circumcision, vaccinations, cord blood banking and the other procedures commonly performed just after birth should be learned about and consciously chosen by mom, or opted out of. Optional procedures, like labor induction, may also be discussed.

Yoga for Pregnancy
There has been a lot of research done on the benefits of meditation, and it can be a powerful way to reduce reliance on pain medications, reduce risk of complications, and keep baby in excellent health throughout the pregnancy. Combining it with aerobic exercise in the form of yoga is a great way to get the benefits of both while saving time. If classes are not offered nearby, there are yoga for pregnancy videos available. Sharing these with a friend, or using a full-length mirror, can help ensure postures are performed correctly.

Asking questions and getting trustworthy answers is a major part of preparing for childbirth. The right mix of classes can help overcome the learning curve and give new mothers a sense of confidence otherwise unavailable. The use of meditation and exercise have both been shown to be effective at increasing the chance of a happy delivery with a lower risk of complications. The application of research-based knowledge relieves anxiety on delivery day!

This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.

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