Every mom-to-be has a vague idea about how she wants her labor to go. Maybe you've known you wanted an unmedicated birth from the day you got pregnant, or maybe the idea grew on you as your baby grew inside you. Either way, wondering if you'll be able to handle an unmedicated birth is one of the most common worries of expecting moms. Although you won't be able to completely know what it's like until you go into labor, there are a few ways to know you can "take" an unmedicated birth that can give you a boost of confidence that, yes, you can do it.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with wanting pain medication or an epidural during your labor. For some moms, however, going medication-free is their preference. I had both of my daughters without pain medication or intervention of any kind and although it wasn't easy (what labor is?) I can say that the experieince of a "natural" labor and the feeling afterwards are unlike any other feeling I've ever experienced. Whether you're wanting to avoid an epidural for the effects it may have on your baby or you're just curious if you can do it, knowing that your body is made to give birth is one of the most confidence boosting thoughts you can have.
Although an unmedicated birth isn't for everyone, if you're feeling any of these signs about your pregnancy and labor, it might just be the birth plan for you.