All moms look forward to the birth of their children. Throughout the pregnancy, they worry about whether they will have a heathy baby. How big will their baby be and who will they look like? These are just some of the questions that run through their mind. It is not hard to think of such things as they bring joy to us.
Most women will tell you they dread the pain that comes with giving birth to their child. This is where the Bradley Method® comes in. It is an all natural method that is carried out in small group training classes. This method encourages mothers to ask questions, advocate for themselves, and give birth without the use of medication or outside interference when possible. The Bradley Method ensures that new mothers-to-be are trained well in relaxation exercises that will help reduce anxiety and pain during birth. It is more about being in tune with your body and seeing pain as part of the process, rather than distract yourself from it. This method is based on the foundation that birth is a natural process that needs to be embraced and not suppressed.
During the training that is intense and involves having a partner with you, women are taught how to use exercise, a good diet, relaxation, and emotional support, in order to have a healthy, low-risk pregnancy and give birth without an epidural or other common pain management drugs. Students also learn that sometimes birth doesn’t go according to our plan, and are given many options to learn how to make the best decisions for their birth.
The birthing partner, who is more than just emotional support, is taught how to help coach their pregnant wife/partner all through the delivery and labor periods. The two will learn about the different phases of labor, variations, breastfeeding, common interventions, relaxation techniques, and how to create their birth preference list. The Bradley Method® is one of the most popular methods in DFW and has a very high success rate. This means that you can look forward to having a beautiful, EMPOWERED birth ONLY if you apply the teachings.
Other people, such as your doula, can help you undertake this process and training along with your husband. You don't have to just choose your husband as a birthing coach since you can also use a doula to help provide you and your husband with physical, emotional and informational support during pregnancy and labor.
You are asked to follow the Brewer diet plan which consists of foods that will help give the right nutrients to you and the growing baby, in order to help reduce the chances of pre-eclampsia, swelling, fatigue and a lengthy labor. The exercises involved may incorporate your partner to ensure that they are just as involved in the process from the beginning. The key to this method is relaxation, which takes practice! And who couldn’t use some nice R & R right about now?
To learn more about Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes for Denton, Grapevine, Fort Worth and Dallas area families, please visit http://www.birthwithbethany.com/class-schedule.html
Many people worry about how they will have to carry on after they have their baby. Is it safe to have sex after the baby? When can I have sex after the baby? These are some of the questions that are itching in a new mom (and dads, let's be real here!). It is generally best to wait until at least 6 weeks after giving birth, and with your care provider’s clearance.
Immediately after birth, you may notice that there will still be bleeding and you will feel swollen in the labia and vagina regions. Even if you had a cesarean birth, you will probably still need several weeks of pelvic rest. Take your time and do not rush into intercourse. Even after the 6 weeks are up, the body is still readjusting.
You can also decide to have sex and feel mentally ready, but you may be afraid of the pain. In this case, you may need to talk to your partner and take it slow. Start with oral sex or other alternatives to make sure you are comfortable. Explain to your partner that you may not be ready to go all the way or a little cuddling does not have to end up in full coitus. You can also try and enjoy your partner through mutual masturbation to make sure you both feel still loved.
Many women need to get their mood just right before going on with the act of making love. Make sure your partner understands that. Keep the lines of communication open to make sure there is no withdrawal. Some people suffer from post-partum depression and can also have the baby blues. Attend one of the support groups with your partner to help them understand how to handle you when you get in that state. Make sure they know this is a phase and you still love them. You may have a low libido when going through these things. You will need to ensure you are getting the help needed so you can care for yourself and your family.
Make sure to use a lubricant because vaginal dryness is one of the reasons post-partum sex can be uncomfortable. If you went through a C-section then having sex side by side is the best option to avoid putting any pressure on the wound.
Most of all, take your time and enjoy each other!
-Birth With Bethany provides natural childbirth classes, placenta encapsulation and certified car seat checks for Denton, Grapevine, Fort Worth, Dallas and Plano area families.
I'm Bethany. Wife. Boy Mom. Bradley Method® teacher. Child passenger safety technician. Placenta encapsulator. I like little dogs, big hair and sweet tea.