Decide if you want a natural childbirth
You should plan in advance if you wish for a natural delivery before the due date in order to have more time for preparation. There are various things to consider and they take time to plan. Moreover, you can skip the natural labour process in favour of medical treatment to go for a smooth delivery. Another important thing is the birth plan. Devise this with the caregiver who will be involved in the labour. This includes how you will give birth and who will offer you emotional or moral support to endure the pain.
Decide between a doctor or midwife
See whether you want a midwife or a doctor to get you through the labour process. A lot of women trust themselves with doctors so that they can seek medical care in case of any complications during childbirth. Some women want midwives to carry this out because of their experience in drug free childbirth. A few women also get doulas or labour coaches who will guide them through the process if the doctor or midwife cannot stay with you for the whole duration. Also, search for birthing classes that stress on natural labour. They will teach you various methods to deal with the pain and will tell you what to expect at all stages.
Stay relaxed during pregnancy
Try to learn breathing and relaxation exercises that you can practice with your husband. You can also listen to soft music, aromatherapy, playing cards, sitting on a moving chair, taking a shower or a massage to relax. It is always a good idea to also look into other alternatives to natural childbirth in case you change your mind later on.