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Mental Preparation During Labor

During labor, keep your body loose and limp

Tip from Natural Childbirth Exercise Essentials by Rhondda Hartman



Step 5 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: Relaxation, Part 2

Get Ready for Loose and Limp!

Now, assume the classic position and get yourself as comfortable and relaxed as you can. If you then have your husband/coach read the poem I’ve written, you should be able to relax even more. You’ll soon observe how you respond to different words and phrases and begin to think creatively about what other words or routines might be better for you. You may prefer to use a “total body” idea of relaxing and not go to the progressive method that I use. Perhaps you will do best with “pleasant thought” or meditative relaxing.

Step 2 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: Not an Exercise, Just a Comfortable Way to Sit

Most of our postures are designed to be used around the home in your everyday activities. Many can be done anywhere you work, but all can easily be fit into your life if you work at your house all day. Some are to be used for your pregnancy and some prepare you for labor. However, many are to be maintained for the rest of your life.

Let’s begin with our first “exercise” — tailor sitting, an exercise that will add to your comfort as your belly gets bigger.

Tailor Sit

Why stand when you can sit? And when you sit, tailor sit!

Why I Wrote “Natural Childbirth Exercises”

“Why did you write this book?” I was asked by a friend.

It was a shock because most of my friends are impressed, congratulatory, and mostly do not want to talk about my subject but are happy for me in my endeavor.

Why did I write this book? Why now? Why at this stage in my life? What do I have to offer pregnant women of today?

I am finished with Childbirth and even with the birth of grandchildren so why my compulsion to write this book? Not only that, but this is the second book I have written on this same topic. Why was I not satisfied with doing it just once. Why do it all over again?