The last 24 hours before labor can be an anxious time for any expectant mother, and even the father-to-be. The unknown and uncontrollable lead to fears, worries and doubts of what’s to come. How do you feel 24 hours before labor?
At kingdomofbaby, we are here to help ease your mind and offer some guidance on how to manage those last hours before the big day.
In this blog post, we will share what you can expect to feel physically, emotionally, and mentally, and offer tips on how to prepare for the labor ahead. Let’s get started!
Your body is getting ready for labor and soon-to-be-mom, you will feel strong contractions. You might also experience vaginal discharge, lower back pain, or cramps.
Your cervix will start dilating, and this can be painful and uncomfortable. Here’s what can help:
- Hydrate: drinking lots of water and fluids will help you stay hydrated and ease cramps.
- Exercise: walking and gentle exercises can reduce contractions and pain.
- Heating Pad: if cramps are getting unbearable, placing a heating pad on your lower back can help soothe the pain.
It’s natural to feel emotional and overwhelmed during these last hours before labor. You might be feeling excited, scared, or anxious. Here are some ways to cope with these emotions:
- Take deep breaths: this can help reduce anxiety and calm your body.
- Talk to someone: sharing your feelings with a family member, friend, or doula can help you feel more supported and less alone.
- Listen to music or meditate: this can help you relax and distract your thoughts from the worries.
Mental preparation is crucial for a successful labor. As it comes closer, here’s what you can do to prepare your mind:
- Visualize the labor: imagine the baby passing through the birth canal, picture a happy baby, and focus on the end result – finally holding your little one in your arms.
- Research breathing and relaxation techniques: Lamaze or Bradley method classes, or even youtube videos can help you learn different techniques coping mechanisms.
- Pack your birthing bag: have everything you need for delivery packed and ready to go, so you don’t have to worry about it when it’s time.
As you approach the last hours before labor, remember that the baby will come when they’re ready.
It’s essential to be patient and give yourself time to rest and relax. Remember that every pregnancy and every labor is different. It’s okay to ask for help and take a break if you need it.
Last minutes before delivery
It’s completely natural to feel an incredible sense of urgency during the last minutes before labor, especially when you begin having contractions.
Rapid breathing, shaking, sweating, and feeling completely out of control are all common. During this time, stay calm and don’t push or force it.
Take advantage of good breathing patterns and that mental preparation you did and allow nature to take its course.
Preparing for labor can be stressful, but being equipped with practical tips and coping strategies can alleviate some of the uncertainty and anxiety.
Remember, your body knows what to do, and before you know it, your little one will be in your arms. In the end, just enjoy the remainder of your pregnancy, because soon, you’ll be embarking on a whole new adventure.
Good luck, and congratulations mama!