How I Prepared Myself For Giving Birth In The Last Weeks
At 37 weeks I really wanted to get my body and mind ready for giving birth so I decided to visit my Chinese doctor, a chiropractor and an experienced pregnancy masseuse. All of these treatments can be done all throughout pregnancy, especially chiropractic adjustments are very beneficial when dealing with all the extra weight.
1. Acupuncture. I am not a fan of needles, however I learnt to love acupuncture due to severe migraines in my pregnancy. I was able to relief headaches by taking magnesium, however I had no success treating migraines at home. Acupuncture can not only be a great alternative to painkillers, it can also help the body to relax, reduce stress, slowly preparing the body for labor.
I went to Dr. Niya Yang at the Chinese acupuncture center at the one to one hotel. The initial consultation fee was 200 dirhams and my full body acupuncture treatment was an additional 200 dirhams.
2. Chiropractor. When the baby grows in pregnancy the lower back and pelvis adjust accordingly, the growing uterus increases the stress on the spine and many women suffer from nerve tension and pressure. Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy help to prepare the body for natural birth by realigning the body and decreasing the stress on the nervous system. Back and neck pain are fairly common during pregnancy due to a change in posture, so most women greatly benefit from visiting a chiropractor. At the end of pregnancy a chiropractor can also help to turn a breech baby.
Dr Reem at Chiropractic UAE is experienced with pregnant women and explains all procedures and their safety before doing them. She also gave me great pregnancy tips and exercises in order to improve my posture. The initial consultation fee is 400 dirhams and my adjustment treatment cost 300 dirhams. Chiropractic UAE is located near the Marks and Spencers building. For more information visit their website.
3. Pregnancy massage. Just like I never liked needles, I also avoided massages at all costs, however with pregnancy things change. Pregnancy massages enhance the function of muscles and joints, improve circulation and increase the blood flow to the uterus and placenta. I decided to do one pregnancy massage a week at the end of my pregnancy in order to promote relaxation and relief stress.
It is very important to only go to licensed massage places that are experienced with pregnant women. Most of the hotel spas offer special pregnancy massages. At the Footprint Spa in Wahda mall women in their 8th and 9th month of pregnancy get 20% off all treatments. Chiropractic UAE has a special offer of 250aed for a one hour massage on Mondays.
4. Positive mindset. While all of the above treatments made me feel more confident about being ready to give birth I believe that the most important of all is a positive mindset. My positive mindset started at conception, when I committed to avoiding all negativity. Whenever someone wanted to share a horror birthing story I kindly told them that I was not interested in hearing it. I read a lot of educational books, because the more I research and read the less I worry. I think it is natural that everyone has a little fear about giving birth, after all it is something that first time mothers have never experienced before. I was not afraid of the pain, however there was the fear that something could go wrong. I was ready and looking forward to all of it, as long as it meant holding a healthy baby in my arms. I made sure to know everything about the birthing procedure and the possibilities of pain relief and medical interventions. I wrote a very detailed birthing plan, however I was aware that most births do not go as planned and I was open to a C-section and other medical interventions, if necessary. It was also extremely important for me to feel comfortable with my doctor. I tend ask a lot of questions as I am not only highly interested in medicine, but also worry about the safety of many procedures. I felt very confident with my obgynocologist until my due date arrived and actually spontaneously changed my doctor and hospital in the 41st week of my pregnancy. I always listen to my gut feeling when it comes to the decisions I make for myself and my child.