A friend who is expecting her first baby had been going through the usual apprehensions and anxieties that every pregnant woman goes through. Needless to say, expecting a baby is as nerve-racking an experience as it is ultimately heart-soothing. Carrying someone inside you for nine months is of course a big deal. But the ultimate moment of birth can fill you with anxieties about how painful it might be, how to cope, and what to do afterward. To allay her fears, my friend signed up for childbirth classes or prenatal classes on the recommendation of a physical therapist.
Health Shots turned to Dr. Neha Gill PT, Senior Physiotherapist, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Chandigarh to find out the benefits of childbirth classes for a pregnant woman.
“Pregnancy itself is a challenging event for a first-time mother. In the final weeks of pregnancy, the fear of going into labor is nothing short of a nightmare. But for a better recovery, everyone wishes for a vaginal delivery. The closer you get to your D-Day, the more anxious you become. We’re training our minds that labor is going to be very painful, so we’re aware of that,” explains Dr. Gil.
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The first step to overcoming the fear of childbirth is to educate ourselves, hence the role of childbirth classes. They give you all the information about the birth process. It will help clear all your doubts.
“For a mother who is having a baby for the first time, birth is like a marathon. Just as an athlete trains for a run, a pregnant woman must prepare her mind and body. To exercise her body, she needs to exercise regularly, provided there are no complications,” adds Dr. Gil added.
This is what your prenatal fitness classes will achieve. They make your pelvic muscles flexible enough to stretch easily at the time of birth. To train her mind, she should educate herself by attending the childbirth classes.
According to a 2016 study presented in the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, women who took childbirth classes were more likely to have had a vaginal delivery than those who didn’t. Therefore, educating yourself about the process can help you cope better with the pain of childbirth.
What do you learn in the childbirth preparation course?
* Knowing about labor: its stages, signs and duration.
* Tips for dealing with the pain
* Breathing exercises
* Different working positions
* Pain relief methods
* Relaxation Techniques
* Teach techniques to relax tense muscles
* Correct shot technique
* Importance of the golden hour to initiate breastfeeding
* Why you may need an emergency C-section (C-section)?
Another advantage of childbirth classes is that all your doubts and questions will be answered by an expert.
“Proper counseling, education and support are important to alleviate the anxiety of new parents. This is why taking antenatal classes is important for couples, and has been shown to reduce anxiety and anxiety by giving women the strength they forgot about fear of the pain,” adds Dr. Gil added.