be sure to prep for laborBeing pregnant and having no idea when your baby is coming might be making you crazy!  So, we want to share a few great ways to get ready for labor.

  1. Get Some Exercise
  2. Physical activity, even if it’s really light, will get your body ready for labor. Great forms of exercise for pregnant women are prenatal yoga, walking, stretching, swimming, and bouncing on a ball.  Bouncing on a huge yoga ball is really helpful with opening up your hips.

  3. Meditate
  4. Meditating during pregnancy allows you to take a quiet moment just to let your mind rest.  It can also train your mind to get focused, which will help you during labor.  Learning how to meditate will give you tons of benefits after giving birth, too!

  5. Create a Birth Plan
  6. You don’t have to be really specific a birth plan; just putting your wishes and hopes to paper will ease your mind.  Items to include might be who’s allowed in the room and your pain management wishes.

  7. Rest Up
  8. Getting plenty of rest is necessary when you’re prepping for labor and delivery.  It allows your body to store the energy you’ll need to deliver your baby.

  9. Read Positive Birth Stories
  10. Now’s the time to surround yourself with positivity. Don’t be shy about interrupting someone in the middle of their birth horror story. Two great spots to find positive childbirth stories are the blog Birth Without Fear and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.

  11. Get a Massage
  12. Getting a massage, chiropractic adjustment, or acupuncture can help loosen your body to prep it for labor.  Just make sure that you check with your doctor before getting any of these relaxing treatments!

What are your favorite ways to get ready for labor?