Things To Know Before Giving Birth

Preparing for the birth of your baby is really important. Childbirth is a natural thing, but labour and giving birth doesn't always go according to plan. Here are some tips for things to think about before you give birth, they'll hopefully help prepare you, not just for the birth, whether it's natural, with intervention or a C-Section, and for the time straight after you give birth. Giving birth to your baby will be a day you will always remember, however it turns out. It's very easy to forget that the day is about YOU as well as your baby, so read this post for tips to give yourself chance to prepare for getting as ready for the experience of giving birth as you can.

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Things To Know Before You Give Birth

Giving birth to your baby will be one of the most momentous days of your life. 

Unfortunately that doesn’t guarantee that it will be one of the pleasant! 

Every possible emotion, love, fear, pain, calm, friendship, courage and unbelievable joy  is compressed into the experience.

Not to mention all the eventualities of childbirth… will it be natural, will you need an epidural, will you need a C-Section? 

The birth of your child will be different from everyone else’s experience… different to your mum’s, your sister’s, your best friend’s, everyone on the internet’s… 

It’s an experience you will replay over and over in your mind over the coming months or even years. It’s your birth story.

So what is the best way to plan for giving birth, when there are so many variables? 

Birth plans and birth stories

Well, one way is to create your birth plan. Clearly birth plans often go out of the window, but it is a good basis to start from. 

Another is to get a sense of what the birthing process is all about from mums who have been through it. The only word of caution here is not to freak out at horror stories and don’t start setting yourself goals of having a birth to match that of the mum who apparently did it pain-free with butterflies and hummingbirds hovering as the baby gracefully emerged into the world. 

To give you a head-start, here’s a list of ten things I think it’s good to know before you give birth. 

Giving birth to your baby will be a day you will always remember, however it turns out. It’s very easy to forget that the day is about YOU as well as your baby, so read through this list to give yourself chance to prepare for getting as ready for the experience of giving birth as you can.

10 Things To Know Before Giving Birth

  1. The birth will NOT go as planned … but it is still helpful to have a birth plan, because it helps you think about big decisions you might have to make in advance … if you’ve no clue where to start, check out our guide on how to write a birth plan
  2. Hospitals are not relaxing … labour wards are crazy busy, noisy places and you will struggle to get any rest. Rest as much as you can beforehand and plan on staying in bed when you get home …
  3. You & your partner may be on your own some of the time … unless you have very expensive health care (or are a member of the Royal Family!), the two of you will spend time on your own during labour. It can be frightening and lonely. An experienced birthing partner whose been through labour before can help …
  4. Birth is a seriously messy business … every conceivable body fluid will come out one end or the other! Yes it’s messy, yes it feels disgusting but it’s natural and believe me the nurses have seen it all before … just remember to take changes of night clothes in your hospital bag
  5. It’s worth learning to relax … I didn’t end up with the natural birth I hoped for but am still glad I took a hypnobirthing course beforehand as the relaxation techniques helped me cope with stress after my daughter was born, and I still use them today …
  6. Have loads of skin to skin time with baby … having struggled to breastfeed at first, I am convinced the best way to help most new babies feed is skin to skin contact on your chest rather than stressing about positioning and latch … for loads of other practical breastfeeding tips from other mums check out our breastfeeding guide …
  7. Babies can be very sleepy & distressed after a c-section … just in case you need one it’s worth knowing c-section babies can be very sleepy and need loads of skin to skin contact to get them feeding … to find out more, check out our guide on what to expect after a c-section …
  8. Your partner may not be able to stay overnight … in many UK hospitals, partners can’t stay with you overnight in hospital after baby is born … this can be pretty hard for both of you and don’t be surprised if you feel lonely and overwhelmed … line up someone to come back on the ward the moment they are allowed in the morning, you will want their support …
  9. You need super thick maternity pads … forget how immaculate Kate Middleton looked within hours of giving birth, you are going to have seriously heavy discharge after birth and need proper maternity pads …
  10. It’s natural to feel crazy anxious about everything … don’t be surprised if you have a complete anxiety meltdown the first time you step outside with your tiny little bundle of joy, I certainly did … as new mums we’re hard wired to feel anxious about every possible threat to our babies …

So there you are. 10 things I think it’s good to know before you give birth. Whatever stage you’re at with your pregnancy, I wish you luck for your birth 

If you’re looking for more tips check out our other pregnancybaby posts.

 

Preparing for the birth of your baby is really important. Childbirth is a natural thing, but labour and giving birth doesn't always go according to plan. Here are some tips for things to think about before you give birth, they'll hopefully help prepare you, not just for the birth, whether it's natural, with intervention or a C-Section, and for the time straight after you give birth. Giving birth to your baby will be a day you will always remember, however it turns out. It's very easy to forget that the day is about YOU as well as your baby, so read this post for tips to give yourself chance to prepare for getting as ready for the experience of giving birth as you can. #GivingBirth
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16 thoughts on “Things To Know Before Giving Birth”

  1. This is a great list for mums-to-be, really nice to read something that’s honest about it all, but that doesn’t make it sound too scary! x #TheList

    1. Wish I’d had it too Gemma!! I had so little clue what it would be like in hospital or what was involved in a c-section – do think everything would have been so much easier if I had known xx

  2. What a great list – although I am one of the lucky ones because my birth plan DID go according to plan. To the book! Goodness knows how though! I was so disorganised right up to labour! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

    1. Must be sod’s law, I tried so hard to be organised as I hadn’t a clue what was going on and nothing in the whole pregnancy went as I imagined – all a horrible fog xx

  3. My husband is in the UK when I gave birth as I was induced and gave birth a month early. My water broke and the baby is still comfy inside me. I was alone in the labor room as no relative is allowed. I gave birth alone too.

    Looking back it would have been nice to be with someone while giving birth.

    #pocolo

  4. Great list, I was so disorganised before birth and honestly a bit scared that I spent most of my time reading Ina May’s book and avoiding birth stories!! I know better now 😉 Especially after reading and publishing around 100 of my readers birth stories over on my blog!

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

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