Every choice you make during pregnancy and childbirth either supports your body and the birthing process or hinders it. What should I eat? Should I exercise throughout my pregnancy? Who should I hire for my care provider? When should I go to my planned place of birth? The following 15 tips will help you support your body and the birthing process.
There definitely is not a one-size-fits-all approach to pregnancy and birth that will work for every woman. BUT, following these tips will offer you the best chance at a healthy pregnancy, a faster, easier, safer birth and a positive start to your breastfeeding and parenting journey. These tips were designed for the healthy woman and the healthy pregnancy. However, implementing as many tips as you safely can will promote a healthy pregnancy and birth no matter your "risk" category.
Hi there! I am Kari Niedermaier, mother of six and life-long learner and teacher of all things birth and parenting. I was launched into the birth world with the birth of my firstborn in the summer of 2000. Amazed at the power, intensity, and unpredictability of labor and birth (and anxious to learn more), I became a Bradley Method Childbirth Educator in the spring of 2001. Over the next 11 years, I have had the honor of teaching and supporting 100+ couples in three different states on their journeys to becoming parents.