Although there are several options when it comes to giving birth, many moms-to-be are committed to having an unmedicated birth from the start. There are many benefits for both mothers and babies associated with a "natural" birth, and the feeling of empowerment alone is enough to convince some moms to give it a shot. Still, the idea of having a drug-free birth can be scary. Luckily, there are many things you can do to prepare for your unmedicated birth so that both your body and your mind are ready for the most exciting, yet most exhausting, day of your life.
As with pregnancy, unmedicated births look different for everyone. For some women, they go smoothly without any unexpected turns and the pain is described more like "intense pressure." For others, it's less predictable and much more painful than they expected. Although there's no real way to tell how your labor will go beforehand, being prepared is quite honestly the most helpful tool for success.
These tips will help prepare your body for labor, but perhaps more importantly, they'll also get your mind in the proper "head space" for delivering all naturally. Those two things, when combined with your raw, natural strength, are a recipe for an amazing birth.