50 Things to Know About Natural Parenting for Pregnant Women and New Parents

409197_2772234063739_1410456590_n“People will always try to stop you from doing the right thing if it is unconventional.”
Warren Buffet

Natural parenting is a new trend that seems to be rising in popularity. What was once only popular among the extreme seems to be becoming more of the norm. Natural parenting is a way of life in which one chooses to raise their child in a way that is positive and conscious of the world around them.
There are many different ways in which one might consider to be part of the natural parenting trend. When one decides to start this practice there are many changes they are likely to have to make and some of them are quite difficult in the beginning. As with all good things in life, natural parenting is hard work and something that is going to require time and energy. It requires a commitment that is not for the faint of heart.
Thanks to the popularity of organic goods they are not readily available in many places where they might not have been before. Today it is going to be easier than ever to start with natural parenting. The following tips will help one to learn the basics and understand how they can live a more natural life with their children.

1.  Have Preparations in Place for a Natural Birth

In many areas of the world childbirth has changed and is now looked at as a medical condition instead of a natural process of the body.  If you are interested in having a natural birth then you have to start early, during your pregnancy talking to doctors and finding someone that is going to support this decision.  You will also need to call the hospitals and discuss your goals and desires for the birth.  This is how you can be sure that you will have a natural birth.

2.  Choose the Hospital or Place for the Birth Carefully

Different hospitals are not always going to support decisions for a natural birth.  There are some additional choices for someone who does not want to give birth in a clinical hospital setting.  Birthing centers are nice for those who are not ready to take the leap into home birth.  If you need to go to a hospital there are many things that you can do to prepare it to be the most natural environment possible.

3.  Learn the Right Diet to Eat During Pregnancy

If you want to be low risk for problems during your pregnancy you have to make sure that you are eating the best foods.  You should avoid certain foods that might not be safe for a developing fetus.  These would include fish or seafood from the ocean because of mercury levels, soft cheeses that are not as processed, unfiltered or unprocessed juices, or processed meats like lunch meat.  Eating whole natural and organic foods is going to be the best way to ensure that you have a baby that thrives while he or she is in the womb.

4.  Find Ways to Relax

Relaxation is one of the most important things for a pregnant woman to master.  It does not matter how one achieves her relaxation but it is necessary for pregnant women to have at least a little bit of down time each day.  Meditation and yoga can really help one learn how to relax more during their pregnancy.  These methods can help one to be able to clear their mind and reduce the stress that the baby experiences through them.

5.  Use Pregnancy Exercises

Birth takes a lot of a woman.  If you are in better shape your birth is going to be better overall.  Exercise every day during your pregnancy to keep yourself in top physical shape.  There are many different forms of exercise that are safe for a pregnant woman but if you have not exercised before then you will want to discuss what is safe with your doctor.

6.  Go to a Childbirth Class

Childbirth classes are something that everyone tries to avoid and many people do not take them.  It is proven that couples that go through a natural childbirth class are more likely to actually follow through with a natural birth.  There are many things that one can learn about the natural childbirth process and depending on the type of class a partner can even learn to be more hands on.

7. Have a Birth Plan

To be honest this did not make sense to me until after I had been through a birth.  The fact is that births do not always go as planned.  If you end up in a more traumatic birth then you might forget all of the important things that you wanted for your birth.  So instead of having to worry if your child is going to get an immunization or eye drops that you do not want, have a prepared birth plan and ask to talk to staff at the hospital ahead of time about how to make sure that your birth plan is followed.

8.  Do Not Rush to the Hospital

With a natural birth you will want to stay at home as long as possible prior to heading to the hospital.  Once you go to the hospital you will be on their time clock so if your labor does not progress fast enough they will start asking you about interventions and trying to push a more medical birth off on you.  The fact is that every minute that you are in a delivery room is going to cost the hospital more money than if you could be pushed out and into recovery quicker.

9. Ask to Have Details about the Standard Procedures that are Offered

There are many standard procedures that are used during every birth and delivery.  These are given as interventions to both mom and the baby.  You really should call the intended place of birth ahead of time and find out which procedures and interventions are given to you and your newborn after birth.  Ask for a list and go through them with a medical professional if you do not understand.

10. Make Sure Your Wishes are Expressed Clearly

Prior to delivery you will want to take your birth plan to your doctor, midwife, or other medical professionals and make sure that they can clearly understand your wishes.  In addition you should check with the hospital or place of birth ahead of time.  Take your plan to them and ask that they read it.  Then ask if there were any questions and discuss things with them to make sure that they are fully understood.

11. Remember that Your Baby Will be Under the Care of a Different Doctor

You must realize that once your baby is born your doctor or midwife is no longer the in charge physician for him or her.  Make sure that you know the pediatrician that you are going to use.  You will want to make sure to find one that is going to support your decisions on different issues and that they are able to be the baby’s physician in the hospital where you are giving birth (if you are giving birth in a hospital).

12. Understand Common Newborn Procedures

When your baby is born there are many different procedures that are considered to be standard care.  The baby is generally given a bath with the products that the hospital uses so if you want something that is natural or organic used instead then you should make sure that you bring it with you.  The umbilical cord is generally clamped right away, but many believe that there are benefits to your infant getting all of the blood that is in the cord.  There are many other types of testing and even medications that are generally given.

13. Think About Why Every Mom Should at Least Give Breastfeeding a Try

Breastfeeding can be controversial.  There are extremists on both sides of the spectrum with this topic.  There are those that believe strongly that the breast is best and those that feel that they are not cut out for the job of breastfeeding and do not even give it a try.  Either way that one feels they should at least give the process a try and see if it is for them.  Some of the people that thought that it would never be a good choice for them have ended up some of the biggest supporters so you will not know if it is for you or not unless you are willing to give it a try.

14. Use All of Your Maternity Leave if You are Returning to Work

If you have to return to work and cannot stay home with your baby then you should at least take as much time off as possible.  Work and all situations at work will wait and even if everyone thinks that they cannot get along without you, it is possible.  You should take as much time as you can to bond with your new baby and if you are breastfeeding to get things in order.

15.  Discover How Attachment Parenting Will Secure a Bond with Your Baby

While many people would like to believe that just giving birth is going to give you an attachment to your baby that is just not true.  The physiological reason for this is that the baby has a nervous system that is completely separate from that of the parent.  Things that make you feel good or comfort you might not be the same things that are going to comfort your infant.  You have to learn what is going to comfort your child by sharing a bond with him or her.

Read all 50 Tips Here from Amanda Walton.