Labour, that imminent event that every pregnant woman awaits. It can be a challenging wait, one that you may look forward to, but that also scares you.
Every mum-to-be should know that there are things that can help you have an easier labour. A large percent of labour outcome depends on your body’s capabilities. But there are also a few things that you can do to prepare for an easier and shorter labour process.
The Kegel exercises are not just a new trend among pregnant women. They were recommended to women since the 1940s by its inventor, a renowned gynaecologist. They basically help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles that support the uterus, vagina, bladder and rectum. It takes just five minutes daily to practice them. Those muscles tend to get weaker during pregnancy due to the baby weight. But they are extremely important for effective pushing during labour.
Red raspberry leaf tea
You can strengthen your uterus from the inside with this amazing tea. Recommended by many midwives, red raspberry leaf tea is packed with nutrients. It contains essential minerals, but also the vitamin B complex. This tea should be consumed daily (one-two cups), but only after the fourth month of pregnancy until labour starts. A study done on women who consumed it showed they had shorter and easier labours. It is also a beneficial tea for alleviating muscular cramps and morning sickness. You can purchase Red raspberry tea leaves at the pharmacy at Mount Alvernia hospital, at any Cedele bakery in Singapore or order it online at iherb.com. (It’s much cheaper on iherb)