How do I BEST prepare myself for child birth?
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Cynthia - posted on 09/16/2009
Aww, honey. It is normal to be scared about your first delivery. I am a retired RN, nursing supervisor, and I also worked on maternity for 8 years. I LOVE the babies.
Don't listen to all the horror stories you will undoubtedly hear. Its like a contest.....everyone wants to be the one with the worst horror story. I have coached many women in labor. If you watch you monitor (or have your coach tell you), notice when the contraction line starts to form a little mountain. On the way up, your contraction gets stronger....when you get over the mountaintop KNOW, ABSOLUTELY
KNOW and remember that the contraction is lessening. The more relaxing you can do, the better you will be able to handle the contraction. Breathing is important. DO NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH..that just makes the pain worse. Force yourself to take in a nice deep breath in....and a nice deep breath out..Let your body go totally limp between contractions. This really helped me a lot. Try to keep in mind, that this contraction is not going to last forever.........you will get to the top of the mountain, and you will go down the other side. I've had four children. The first and second were in the late 60's and early70's....ancient history, thank God. I did have a spinal with my 3rd, and that was a real cadillac delivery......and the 4th, I had totally natural. I used the above techniques and it made such a HUGE difference. I wish I could be there to coach you! Just remember, you will be fine. Millions of women have gone before you, and millions will go after you. I wish you the best, most peaceful, loving exprience of your life. God bless you and your family. Cindy Anderson
Katie - posted on 12/17/2011
I would really focus on walking, taking very good care of yourself, meditating, things of this nature. No you do not have to practice any excercises to prepare you. The fabulous thing about being a woman is that your body knows what to do! May I suggest, rolling on a yoga ball to bring babies head down. Keep hydrated. I had my first baby at 21, with midwives and no drugs what so ever. Im on baby number two and I plan the same route if nature allows. Listen to the nurses when they say to push and to stop. My biggest mistake. You will be fine honey. We are all scared everytime!!
Erin - posted on 09/18/2009
I gave birth twice and both times I went into it knowing that my body knew what to do. I just had to follow its lead. I know that sounds corny but it worked. I was open to the use of medications but did not receive an epideral either time. I think the best thing you can do is try to keep an open mind, but be prepared to have things change. My second was induced and I was not too happy about that, but in he end it all ended great. I got a beautiful baby boy and my doctor made it home before dinner. Trust yourself and your coach be it a friend, mother, /boyfriend or nurse. I wish you the best of luck. Remember Labor can only last so long and think of what you get at the end!
Cynthia - posted on 09/16/2009
I tried to add on the last post, but I guess it didn't work. I just wanted to ask you to PLEASE attend Birthing classes. Knowledge is power. The more you know, the less you'll fear. Education, education, education. Take your coach with you...doesn't matter if its a woman or a man, or whoever, just find someone to trust and pick a coach. I had my first child at the age of 17..things are SO much better now. Be aware that the best laid birthing plan can change in a New York minute....don't be crushed if you need a c-section. Just know that you and your baby are the most important people in the room. Everyone there works for YOU. You may need an IV. I think that is important. Seen too many disasters.You have to be prepared and aware that anything can happen. If you already exercise, continue to do so. Your doctor or midwife might not want you to do too rigorous an exercise. Yoga is GREAT during pregnancy, and can really help teach you to relax. That's all for now. If you have more questions, just ask. If I don't know the answer, I will find someone who does. Peace.
Jenae - posted on 09/16/2009
lamaze breathing helps alot n a good coach but at the end when u hold ur baby u totaly forget about the pain u had befor he or she was born listen to ur body ur the only one that can make that decision to use drugs or go natural ohhh n dont let them break ur water bag till ur at least 5 or 6 cm dialated trust me i did this 5 times
Melissa - posted on 09/15/2009
First you must realize that you know what is best for you and your body. The doctors may be experts but they dont know everything. Listen to your body. Decide if you want pain meds or natural birth but be open to changing once labor starts. Dont worry too much if you do go for drugs. Childbirth is painful enough without beating yourself up over pain meds. Using breathing techniques is important but you have to use what works for you to relax. Also practice what helps you relax so you will know what you will do because childbirth is painful and exciting. Good luck you will do great!
Sara - posted on 09/13/2009
I practiced my lamaze breathing, and that helped a lot in labor, but honestly, you dont know how your gonna handle the pain and stress, i would just make sure you have a good coach and that means making sean read and prepare for being there for you!! and just keep telling yourself--its only a few more hours...:)
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