20 Experienced Moms Share Their #1 Labor & Delivery Tip

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I am currently pregnant with my first

And like any other type A, first-time moms out there I decided to do some research about labor and delivery.

Only to quickly realize that I don’t know what the hell I’m in for!

So apart from reading articles, upon articles with generic information, I wanted to get a first-hand account of labor from the badass mommas who have been there, done that.

20 amazing ladies offered to share their #1 tip, and it’s coming straight from the horse’s mouth (or a more flattering animal…like the butterfly’s mouth! yeah butterflies!!) and a lot of these lovely contributors are professionals as well as mothers!

Enjoy and don’t forget, in the comments below, to tell us what your #1 tip about labor and delivery is :) Cause this momma needs all the help she can get.

 

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  1. Prepare a Birth Plan

Always fill out a birth plan and be sure to hand it over to your gynaec before the EDD. During labor, you might not be in the position to take the right decision. A well laid out birth plan does just that for you! Also, the midwives know what procedure/decisions have your consent.

Hi! I'm Avanti. I'm a teacher, blogger and mum to a ten month old boy living in UAE. I realised that my parenting experiences were so many that I now document my motherhood experiences on my website.

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2. Do a Bunch of Research

I just had my second child last week and I could tell you a thousand tips, but here is the most important in my eyes. Go into the hospital as informed as you can. Learn the pain medication options you have available (even if you plan to go natural), how to relax during contractions as best as possible, and what the protocol is for after labor for skin to skin and more. Just educate yourself on more than you think you should. Pinterest is amazing for this!

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Samantha is a stay-at-home-mom of 2 who blogs about parenting toddlers. She started Journey to SAHM to share her experiences with other moms out there and make parenting that much easier. Her website also shares mouth-watering family friendly recipes, including air fryer tips and tricks.


 

It’s great to do a bunch of research & have a plan…but remember…

3. Things Don’t Always go to Plan

My best tip for labor is to not stress if plans change. Your actual birth may not match your birthing plan, and that's okay. The most important thing is that you go home with a baby, no matter the situation in which it's born! If you go into the birth with a plan for natural labor, but the pain is too much so you get a pain reliever, that's okay. It doesn't make you a failure. You are already a superwoman for giving birth no matter the circumstance. So stay calm. You will rock this!

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4. stand up for yourself

My number one tip for someone who will soon be experiencing labor or birth would be to remain strong and firm in what you want or need, but be very aware that labor does not always go as planned, and that is okay! Voice your needs. Giving birth will most likely leave you in the most vulnerable state you’ve ever been in, while at the same time being powerful enough to give life.

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Lexi Rupert is a Pediatric Sleep Consultant, helping families world wide. She has a passion for helping families achieve restorative, healthy sleep.

 

5. Get Your Partner to Stand Up for you

Use your support. Giving birth can be chaotic. Have a birthing plan in place and communicate with your partner prior to going into labor. Encourage your partner to advocate for you during the birthing process. It is sometimes difficult for moms to speak up for themselves so make sure your support does it for you.

Tiana is a licensed therapist who works with children and families. She blogs about balancing motherhood, your career, and relationships while maintaining your sense of self.


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    6. Don’t Expect Your Partner to Always be Able to Help, So Hire Help!

    Husbands (or partners) can be great to have in the delivery room, but sometimes they don't know how to help or are just as tired as you are. If you can invite another person like your mom or a good friend or doula, do it! They'll help rub your tired muscles or rub that leg that seemed to have gotten just a little bit more of the epidural's affect than the other and is freezing cold with numbness.

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    7. hire a doula

    I highly recommend hiring a doula for hospital births! In addition to providing emotional and physical support, a doula will advocate for you and help you make informed medical decisions as your labor progresses. It's tough to think clearly and stand up for yourself in the midst of labor pains, so it's easy to get pushed into interventions that you might have liked to avoid. It makes such a huge difference to have a professional who is there for YOU and not employed by the hospital!

    Melinda is an exhausted, but happy, mom of two girls and wife to the best husband a girl could ask for. When she’s not running around refilling sippy cups, washing diapers, or googling how to get get a toddler to eat spinach, you can find her blogging over at the Unfrazzled Mama.

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    8. make friends with the nurses

    Nurses are your best friends in the hospital. They have all the knowledge and access to all the goods. From my two hospital labor and delivery experiences and as a nurse myself, my biggest recommendation to expectant mothers is to love on your nurses. Communicate your needs (and fears) with them. Let them help you! Oh that and steal all the mesh underwear and dermoplast. That stuff is gold!

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    Meredith is an RN turned SAHM to two littles. She’s never met a carb, glass of red wine, or Target aisle she didn’t love. Find her over at www.motherhoodbymeredith.com as she documents the messy side of motherhood.

     

    meds, food, & must-have items

    9. You Can Ask for Anti-Nausea Meds!

    Know that you can ask for anti nausea meds if they don't offer them! I threw up every contraction with my 1st when the pain got worse for a long time. As soon as my husband asked our nurse for meds, I stopped puking which made labor so much more manageable. We got those meds as soon as nausea set in for my 2nd and 3rd labors as well and I felt much less drained and tired.  Not everyone pukes, but if you do there is a solution!

    Liz is a motherhood blogger helping moms find easier ways to manage mom life with young kids. She blogs about life with babies, toddlers, homeschool preschool, and ways to be a happy stay at home mom.

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    10. Eat Before You Go!

    If you’re a food lover like myself then I highly recommend eating something before you go to the labor and delivery department! Once you’re there you won’t be able to and your already going to have a lot going on. You don’t want to add being hungry into the mix! I was so thankful for the heads up! Psst.. the same goes for liquids too! Once your in, be prepared for ice chips!

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    For related reading see: 7 MOMS SHARE THEIR STORIES: ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, & MENTAL HEALTH IN PREGNANCY

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    11. Handheld Fans are Life-Savers

    Both my boys were born in July and both in the middle of heat waves. My youngest was terrible because I had to stay in over night and we weren't allowed to lay in less our pjs in our beds. So I would 100% say a hand held fan comes in so handy! I would take one anytime of the year just to be safe!
    Oh and snacks! Hospital food can be the lady thing you want to eat after labour!

    In a 22 year old mum of 2 boys from the South East of the UK. Over on my blog we talk about everything from contraception to baby must haves!

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    12. Gripping Socks are a Godsend

    This might sound funny, but after my giving birth to my son, one thing I wish I really had were my own “gripping” socks. Silly right? But trust my the hospital issue ones are awful and just don’t fit right. So next time I am taking my own! And yes they have to have the grip on the bottom. Hospital rules. I was in labor for 21 hours and complained mostly about the contractions and the socks! Haha!

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    13. Bring Your Hospital Bag With You to Your Final Appointments

    My number one tip for labor and birth is to make sure you have your camera and at least some comfy clothes/socks with you ready to go! Seems obvious but when I went in for a routine check up for my littlest guy on my due date, it turns out I was in labor and didn't even know it! We were scrambling to make sure we had charged our camera and had the bare necessities ready to go!

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    14. You Don’t (always) Have to Rush to Get to the Hospital

    I was in the delivery ward for 12 hours for my first two deliveries. When it came to the third, I decided to stay home until morning even though I had contraction pains through the night. I have learned not to panic!

    Most of the time, the baby does take a while to arrive, especially if it is your first delivery. I would most certainly advise you to have a shower and grab a quick bite if you can, before heading to the hospital! Get comfortable as you wait for your baby’s arrival!

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    15. Be in the Moment & Forget Social Media for a While

    My hospital tip would be to be present after your precious baby enters the world-- keep your phone away, stay off social media, and just embrace your baby with cuddles and love. My experience comes from being glued to my phone 24/7 after my first son was born; I bombarded facebook every hour with pictures and updates and I felt obligated to get back to people that were messaging me. In reality, I didn't need to announce his arrival so soon and my husband could've replied back to my messages.


    Since I realized how precious those few days in the hospital are and how truly fast the newborn stage goes by, I wanted to do things differently after my second son was born. So, I kept my phone far away from me and spent those two days in the hospital just embracing my newborn baby boy. It felt right. You won't get those moments back, mama, so savor every single moment and be present

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      16. Trust Your Body

      The best piece of advice that I can give for a new mom going through childbirth is to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. If you think your baby is stuck, then change positions. Your body was made to have babies. Trust that it knows how to do its job. Pay attention to it and do what it needs you to do and you will be just fine.

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      17. move your body

      My biggest advice to having a hospital birth is to ensure you are able to walk around. Laboring in bed, stuck in one position can intensify contractions. If the circumstances permit (your water hasn’t broken, you are not have to be constantly monitored for a specific reason, etc) ask your nurse to assist you out of bed. Standup and do some stretching excersices and swing your hips from side to side. Ask your husband to help as well. Also consider walking in the hallway if you can. Good luck to you mam. You got this!

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      18. do what feels right & comfortable

      Do what makes you comfortable. If that means exercise, softly bounce on a yoga ball. If you want silence, opt out of music. A warm bath will do miracles for you. Finally, recite your prayers or affirmations continuously during this time. If all else fails, use the 54321 grounding technique. You've got this.

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      19. relaxation is your friend

      It is only painful when there is tension so relax and breathe through each contraction.

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      20. make pain your friend

      This sounds very strange, but think of it as practicing to be good at tolerating pain or discomfort rather than as experiencing pain or discomfort. It's a weird psychology trick, but if you think of it as studying for a final rather than the final exam itself, it's way less painful.

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      21. trust your gut

      I delivered my three kids ages 6, 4 and 2 through vaginal birth with epidural. My number one advice for new moms is this -- trust your gut and don’t panic!

      There is so much information out there with regards to pregnancy and childbirth that we can find easily online, and various birth stories we have heard from our girlfriends. Sometimes, it can be very overwhelming!

      Regardless of what you choose for yourself and your baby, trust that you have made the right decision! Whether it is vaginal birth, C-section, with or without epidural, hospital birth or home birth, believe that whatever you choose is the best for yourself and your baby! Don't let anyone make you think otherwise!

      Faith is the writer of www.formummiesbymummy.com. She lives in sunny Singapore with her husband and three kids. Faith enjoys writing articles that serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement to fellow moms through sharing her personal experiences.

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      Tell us in the comments sections below…what’s your #1 labor & delivery tip??

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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