Your Labor Day List: Preparing Yourself for D-Day

Preparing yourself for D-Day is no easy matter. And that’s without a complex military maneuver – D stands for Delivery here. Going into labor can be scary. But if you know what to expect, giving birth will go a lot more smoothly.

On the day you deliver your baby, there will be a lot to remember. To keep it simple, just remember these three simple things

#1 Ask questions.

If you’re confused or concerned about something, never be afraid to ask questions. If a nurse wants to give you a medicine that you think is the incorrect type or dosage, speak up! Ask her to double-check with the doctor. If your obstetrician recommends a C-section, ask her to explain her thought process. Trust your own instincts, and if something seems wrong or unclear, ask why. If you don’t get an answer that makes sense, ask again. It’s your right to be informed of exactly what’s going on.

#2 Observe your environment.

Pay attention to what’s going on around you. And if you can’t, be sure your spouse or partner can. Check the IV pump’s tubing to make sure it has an automatic shut-off feature. Keep an eye on the monitoring of your baby’s fetal heart rate. Do the doctors and nurses look well-rested and alert? Are they washing their hands frequently? These things could become critical in a life-or-death situation.

#3 Expect the unexpected.

On your D-Day, be flexible. Be willing to compromise and at least consider surgical procedures if an emergency should arise. Nobody wants a crash C-section, but sometimes it’s in the best interest of you and your baby. There’s always the chance that things will change suddenly during labor – maybe your baby will suddenly be in the breech position and demand immediate action. If you go in expecting the unexpected, you’ll be one step ahead of the game. Be prepared for anything, and nothing will take you by surprise.

If you keep these three simple tips in mind, you’ll be ready to tackle your labor head-on. Ask, observe, and expect, and you’re well on your way to delivering a healthy, happy baby.

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