Pregnancy is a phase of life where a woman experiences many things. Many women do not want to suffer from extreme pains and have lots of painless delivery options available like epidural analgesia. Women should always avoid surgery if possible. Every woman should aim to go for a normal delivery unless advised by doctor. Keeping yourself fit and healthy and regular checkups is the mantra to healthy pregnancy. 5 tips that would help you prepare for a normal delivery.
Standing for short periods: During advanced stages of pregnancy (especially in the third trimester), stand for short periods. Donï¿½t stand for long periods at a stretch. Even during early labour keep standing or walking after consulting the doctor.
Have a balanced diet: If you are experiencing nausea or heartburn, you need to avoid spicy foods. Also, try to avoid empty calories and junk food, provide your baby with a regular supply of good nutrients, and eat the right quantities of the right foods each day. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables because these provide vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber, which helps in digestion and prevents constipation. So, choose foods that are high in fiber and are enriched, such as whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables that help in normal delivery.
Fresh fruits: Fresh fruits, freshly cut and not canned are really good for health during pregnancy. Some fruits like papaya pineapple and mangoes are said to stimulate labour because of an enzyme known as bromelain. This is helpful in ripening the cervix that is the mouth of the uterus. These fruits should be avoided in early pregnancy:
Walk for at least 30 minutes every day: Walking is one of the best exercises in late stages of pregnancy. Walk at least 30 minutes a day unless the doctor has advised otherwise. This is a good pelvic exercise and helps in making the body flexible Begin Yoga classes: Yoga not only helps in maintaining the overall health but also helps in making the pevic area flexible. This helps I facilitating a normal delivery Antenatal exercises and classes also help a lot.
Dr. Rekha Khandelwal Consultant gynae and obstetrician B 100 Malviya Nagar New Delhi