5 Tips for a Successful Natural Childbirth

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If you are planning on having a drug-free childbirth, natural remedies and techniques can assist you and prevent complications during labor. Trusting the wisdom of nature and that of your natural birthing instincts is the way to go. A natural approach to childbirth is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy and happy birthing process for both mother and child.

Natural childbirth involves empowering women to achieve labor according to the rhythm of breath during contraction in a relaxed manner despite having to endure pain. If you are like many women and feel anxious about giving birth, herbs for childbirth can help you have a positive outlook and be able to deal with the physical pain of contraction more effectively.

5 Tips for a Successful Natural Childbirth

  1. Yoga- Breathing techniques used in Yoga assist with coping with labour pain and also assists in strengthening the bones of the body. Practicing yoga postures throughout your pregnancy lowers the chances of complications during pregnancy and at the time of childbirth. Find a prenatal class near you and connect with other expecting moms. Here are some prenatal yoga postures that you can do at home.
  2. Meditation – Meditation during labor and delivery is also particularly beneficial for managing pain and for encouraging an easier overall birthing process.  Meditation has been shown to decrease levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline (which increase anxiety during stressful situations) and can increase hormones such as melatonin, which promote a sense of calm. Meditation also increases the production of endorphins, natural pain relievers in the body. meditation can also help to lower blood pressure and heart rate, reducing the risk of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia and is helping in reducing anxiety. If you are new to meditation here are some tips for beginners.
  3. Essential Oils- In American culture alternative therapies are making their way into our lifestyles for situations such as labor and birth, among many other things. Essential oils for labor can be just what you need if you are looking for safe, healthy options for labor. Not only can essential oils help ease discomfort, but they can also help keep you relaxed and grounded to help your labor progress well.
  4. Herbs & Supplements- Herbs for childbirth can be very useful in supporting the birthing mother during the stages of labor both mentally and physically. Herbs are used safely during birth to help ease labor pains naturally, without the need for medication or epidural. Herbs for labor and delivery have assisted women throughout the centuries before medical birth was introduced.
  5. Support- The people in the labor room with you have a huge effect on your natural childbirth experience, so choose your support people carefully. Your partner can be an excellent companion during your labor. Some women feel comfortable with their mother, sister, or best friend by their side during labor as well. Many expectant moms hire a doula for additional support during a natural birth. A doula has extensive wisdom about natural childbirth, and will be able to help you and your coach through each stage of labor. Your partner will not know what to expect or what to do during labor if you’re never talked about it so it is imperative that you both be prepared. Taking a natural birthing class in your are, or going through an online birthing class together, gives you both a chance to plan for the labor. Whether you choose to have a doula or not, having any form of continuous physical and emotional support (other than your professional medical team) has been shown to make labor shorter and more positive birthing experience.

These techniques practiced regularly will help to empower your to birth with freedom and joy and will help you have the best advantage when it comes to having a successful drug-free childbirth. If you are interested in learning more in detail about how to utilize the tips mentioned above checkout my Online Mindful Birthing Course where you will learn how to naturally manage discomforts during pregnancy, prepare the mind and body for labor and how to heal postpartum. Even if you are not planning on having a natural, drug-free labor, these techniques are still very helpful in having a stress-free birth experience.

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Feed Your Fertility Book Review & Giveaway!

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The decision to start a family can be exciting but also a time filled with anxiety, especially for couples who experience challenges with getting pregnant. With many couples waiting until their 30’s and 40’s to become pregnant fertility has become a hot-topic issue. Your lifestyle may be inhibiting your ability to conceive but there are changes that can be made to improve your fertility naturally. This post will share with you my review of the new book Feed Your Fertility by Emily Bartlett L.Ac of Holistic Squid and Laura Erlich L.Ac. I will also be doing a giveaway to win a free paperback copy of this amazing book!

Yogi Mami’s Review

This book is a must have for anyone looking to improve their fertility naturally. This book includes information to Feed your Fertility from fertility professionals Emily and Laura who will guide you on a path to make the nutritional and lifestyle changes you need to help support healthy fertility and pregnancy. This book includes:

  • The Standard American Diet and Fertility- What’s Going Wrong?
  • Embracing a Conscious Conception
  • Adopting a Traditional Foods Diet
  • Understanding the Basic Fertility Work-up
  • Endometriosis, Fibroids and Polyps
  • The Male Factor

This book is beautifully done and is jam packed with information on how to improve your diet and lifestyle habits to boost fertility. It also includes some delicious and nutritious recipe ideas, such as Creamy Egg Drop Soup, SuperPowered Chocolate Pudding and California Burgers, to literally feed your  fertility. I highly recommend this book to my readers and clients who are interested in getting pregnant. You can click here to order your copy directly from Amazon or you can enter to win a copy of your own! Winner will be announced April 15! Enter to win below!

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How to Take a Positive Proactive Approach to Childbirth

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Childbirth is one of the most important days of a woman’s life. Regardless of how long ago it was, many women can recall the event in detail years later. It truly is a life changing moment that a woman never forgets, this is why birth is so important. It can have a long lasting effect on the mother and child – both physically and mentally. As an expecting mother you have the opportunity to make choices that aid in a positive birth experience. If you have ever planned a wedding or other significant event, you likely spent many hours planning it. If you were planning on running in a marathon you would train and prepare your body for months, so why should childbirth be any different? This post will share with you how to take a positive proactive approach to labor.

Surprising benefits of Natural Childbirth

Many people know that natural childbirth is the best alternative but may be very surprised to learn about many of the some lesser know benefits.

Thanks to the depiction from Hollywood for decades birth is seen as a horrific and painful scene. I’m here to tell you that birth does not have to be feared. With proper mind and body exercises you can prepare mentally and physically to have a joyous birth experience. Will there be pain involved? Yes, at times, but with proper techniques it can be managed naturally. Yoga, breathing, meditation and visualization can be practiced during pregnancy and used regardless of the labor situation. A mother having a cesarean surgery can benefits from the ability to remain calm and relaxed just as a mother who is delivering with or without medication.

Benefits of Mind Body Exercises During Pregnancy and Labor

  • Reduces Stress and Anxiety
  • Increase Endorphins
  • Achieve Relaxation
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Reduce Aches and Pains

By practicing mind body techniques during pregnancy you can help to prepare for the big event as you welcome your newest addition. Making it a priority to take a proactive approach to pain and stress management empowers expecting couples on this life changing journey.

 

Learn How to Take a Positive Proactive Approach to Childbirth

 

My 6-week Online Mindful Birthing Course is a great way to learn how to prepare mentally and physically for labor. It includes natural remedies for alleviating pregnancy discomforts and is a great alternative to traditional hospital birthing courses. You will learn about the process of labor, common medical interventions and how to use mind body techniques to bond with your baby and prepare mentally and physically for labor.  By taking a mindful approach during pregnancy you can create a joyous birthing experience and transition into parenthood.

My course is being offered for a low introductory price of $75 for a limited time only! Click Here to sign up for my 6-Week Online Mindful Birthing Course for Couples and learn how to take a positive proactive approach to childbirth!