When you're pregnant, you probably spend a ton of time thinking about the future. And few future events weigh more heavily on you than the prospect of childbirth. If you're a planner, you probably want to plan out the event as much as possible. And knowing what to do when you go into labor will help you deliver the baby safely.
Of course, no one can foresee the future, and you will probably have to accept a few unexpected changes in your delivery. But taking time to think through the labor process beforehand can help you get as ready as you can be. It's an easy way to learn more about what may or may not go down in the delivery room.
If nothing else, you can feel more confident and prepared for birth. Especially if this is your first baby, you probably have some understandable anxieties about childbirth. I mean, it is often regarded as one of the most arduous tasks in the world, so it's normal to feel some concern. With that in mind, here's how you can pay attention to your contractions, approach your birth plan with an open mind, and focus on the birth itself when your baby is arriving.