This pregnancy has flown by and I can’t believe I’m already in my third trimester. I’ve been nesting and wanting to get things organized for baby’s arrival. There are so many things to prepare before delivery! Other than being induced with my first child I was able to have a natural birth. I hope to do the same with our second child so I’ve created a list of 7 ways to prepare for a natural delivery and recovery! We can’t forget the recovery. The 4th trimester (as some call it) can be rough. Though things like frozen postpartum pads and herbal sitz baths make it SO MUCH BETTER.
So let’s get to it, here is my baby to-do list!
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To Do List: Preparing for the End of Pregnancy
- Stock Up on Dates: With my first pregnancy I was induced at almost 42 weeks. If at all possible, I’d love to go in to labor naturally this time around. Did you know the consumption of dates in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy may help reduce induction? A study done in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology found that women who consumed six date fruits per day for 4 weeks prior to delivery were less likely to need induction and augmentation of labor. The women who consumed the date fruit also had significantly higher mean cervical dilatation upon admission. I’m definitely going to be stocking up on my dates and adding them to my yogurt, oatmeal and smoothies. It certainly can’t hurt! Here is where you can buy dates.
- Drink Red Raspberry Leaf Tea: Starting at the end of my second trimester, I added red raspberry leaf tea to my diet. It supposedly helps ease labor and delivery pain. I love adding some lemonade to my tea and making it an iced tea. Find the recipe for the iced tea red raspberry leaf tea here.
- Make Frozen Postpartum Pads: Last time around I made these frozen postpartum pads and I loved them. You can make them far in advance and store them in the back of your freezer. The fresh smelling lavender oil and the soothing aloe vera seemed to help with healing. I definitely need to stock up on these again.
- Gather Ingredients for Sitz Bath: I didn’t know until about 10 days postpartum that I should be doing sitz baths. I tore during my first delivery and it wasn’t exactly stitched up well. I went back to the doctor about a week after I gave birth and she recommended a sitz bath multiple times a day. She said if I didn’t do that then I may need reconstruction 6 weeks postpartum. Thankfully everything healed naturally with this healing sitz bath postpartum recipe.
- Stock Up the Nursery: Everyone does it differently, but I like having the nursery set up before the baby comes home. It helps me feel prepared and eases some of my nerves. This includes a handful of clean washed clothes, natural diapers on hand and of course all the breastfeeding essentials (a clean boppy pillow, a breast pump, nipple cream and freezer bags for milk).
- Create Vision Board for Labor & Delivery: In my first pregnancy I memorized certain scriptures for labor and delivery. It was helpful throughout the process, but this time around I want to try something different. I want to create a vision board or something like it with my favorite scriptures, song lyrics and inspirational quotes. After I create mine I will hopefully be able to share it with you!
- Create a Labor Playlist: I love music and it can instantly change my mood. This time around I made a labor and delivery playlist. I plan to find relief in these songs while I am in excruciating pain. As much as possible I am using music to calm myself instead of medication.