Being prepared is an essential part of becoming a mom. We prepare for everything! We prep nurseries, prep our cars, get the latest car seats and strollers — we make sure we have everything we need for baby.
But what a lot of moms report happening AFTER the baby comes, is that they focused so intently on everything else, that when it’s actually time to push that baby out (or get a c-section), they feel unprepared for labor.
It is crucial to understand the birthing process, recovery process, and the various stages of pregnancy before they occur. Knowledge is power, and mothers report having better experiences during labor and delivery, even if things don't go according to plan, when they are aware of what could happen beforehand.
I believe it is crucial to have your questions answered well before experiencing the first contraction or water breaking. Doing so provides peace of mind, knowing that your questions have been addressed. Asking during your pregnancy also allows you ample time to reflect on the answers and seek guidance well in advance so that you can be proactive in your decision making rather than being reactive in the moment.
For example, I advise many mothers to consent to an epidural before they actually need it. This allows it to be ready when needed and ensures that they understand the associated risks and benefits. They can ask questions to the anesthesiologist ahead of time and know what to expect when receiving the medicine.
Below is a list of questions that I recommend asking your prenatal care provider during appointments. Having answers and knowing what to expect will not only make the birth process easier, but also empower you to be an active participant. You won't feel blindsided or surprised by any decision made because you'll be involved in the decision-making process.
I hope this list of questions is helpful for you! Keep in mind that it is not a comprehensive list of all the questions you might want to ask, but it’s a great starting place.
If you’re interested in more resources and ways to prepare, I’ve got you! I’ll drop a few links below of both free and paid resources to help you prepare and recover from childbirth.
Push Prep Crash Course: How to Save Your Pelvic Floor
Get our best tips for reducing the risk of trauma to your pelvic floor… and learn what to REALLY expect during pushing and delivery. (FREE)
PUSH PREP 101: Top 3 Tips to Ditch the Fear and Push Like a Pro!
My free, 1-hour webinar where you’ll learn how to reduce your risk of tearing and trauma with my proven system of “The 3Ps.” Learn more and register at the link above, we do a couple a week!
The Down There Done Right Bundle
This is my comprehensive online course — The total package. It’s basically a roadmap that will walk you all the way your birth prep, delivery, and postpartum recovery. I’m talking about real-life functional exercises, education, tips, training, and access to my online community. (PAID)
Learn why Kegels are important to pelvic floor health, how to do them properly, and how to make them more enjoyable and effective.
Learn about postpartum pelvic organ prolapse, the different types, how to prevent it, and how to manage it in this informative blog post for new moms.