Weigh The Pros And Cons Of Natural Childbirth

Are you considering a drug-free childbirth? Before you head into the delivery room, consider the pros and cons of a natural childbirth.

Pregnant woman in labor

PROS

Keeping a clear head

If you don’t use any medication to help you through your labor and delivery, you’ll have complete focus on delivering your baby. But that also means you’ll be able to feel everything. We mean everything.

However, you can learn to manage the pain drug-free with some breathing techniques and meditation. These techniques can also be used to stave off post-partum depression or baby blues.

Less chance of interception

With a natural childbirth, you’re less likely to encounter complications from the use of interceptions like Pitocin to induce labor,

Bonding with your partner

Taking the journey of Lamaze classes with your partner and having him assist or coach you through the labor can be a wonderful bonding experience for the two of you as you welcome your new member into your family.

Safe for baby

A natural childbirth that goes according to plan is less invasive than others methods, which means less chance of harm or side effects for baby.

CONS

Pain

As we mentioned before, without medication you will feel everything. And labor is no picnic. So if you have a fear of pain or don’t think trying to go through that is right for your, be sure to talk to your doctor about your options for an epidural or other pain management methods during labor and delivery.

Birth complications

If your natural childbirth isn’t going according to plan because of complications for whatever reason, you may need to deal with the fact that a natural childbirth isn’t in the cards for you.

Be flexible and remember that however your baby comes into the world, the important thing is that he’s here… safely.

As you prepare your hopes for childbirth, talk openly with your doctor to ensure that you are both on the same page when it comes to making your ideal delivery come true.

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