37 weeks pregnant! any advice you could give me during labor?

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Simone - posted on 02/18/2010

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breath and relax when the doctor tells you... he best thing i reckon is to experience the pain i had a 36 hour labour at age 17 im 18 now with a 1 year old son.. i had the gas for when ever i had a contraction it eased the pain... have the feel of your baby coming out is the most exagsting time but just felling and seeing the baby is the most wonderful; thing that could ever happen to a woman. Dont be scared to push but dont force her/him to come out listen to the nurse/doctor had have family or friends in the room it really helps u relax more...hope i helped...

Heather - posted on 02/18/2010

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I had A LOT of problems with the epidural. In my opinion, don't get it. It is a year later and my back is still messed up, I lost some feeling in my leg and never got it back, I had a spinal headache for a month. Not to mention the doctor messed up putting it in and had to do it twice! I tried to ask about problems with it before they gave it to me and they said they would tell me about the problems if they happened. well they did and they still didn't want to explain things. they told me to ask my family doctor. The bath really does help!

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My first labor was 73 hours. I did it though all natural and no drugs! If you have a hospital that has a tub I would definitely be in it! I found that the shower was the best place. Crank it up as hot as you can stand it and let it pour over your lower back. It felt so good the doctor and my boyfriend had to drag me out cause I refused to get out when I started to have to push. I was just like "Screw you I'm not leaving!" LOL
Walk as much as possible or stay upright as possible, gravity works when it comes to labor
Don't be afraid or feel bad for wanting drugs! By the time I really wanted them I was already fully dilated and they wouldn't give them to me, I was rather pissed by that point

Britne - posted on 02/17/2010

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breath and relax when possible..ice chips, popsicles...don't be afraid to ask for pain meds before too late and u cant get any that happened with me during my fourth labor...relaxin in the tub is good if u have a slow labor..

Andrea - posted on 02/17/2010

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breathing is important the contractions hurt worse if you dont breathe listen to the doctor and nurses and when they say push push hard...labor is a workout and you will be tired...also after you have your baby use the hospital staff so you can rest

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Natalie - posted on 05/06/2010

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The main things that I found was to not panic and just listen to your own body. If you go there think that you'll be in loads of pain then you will. I stayed relaxed and put on a cd and danced my way through labour until the pain started increase then I listened to my midwife and waited for those contractions. My labour was 5hrs 58 minutes and I had no pain relief. He was my first baby. Hope that helps you

Cassie - posted on 02/23/2010

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dont be wonder women. dont be afraid to ask for something for the pain of labour. my mom tried to convience me not to get an epidural but i was like are you serious? IM the one in labour NOT you. if you feel the need to get something then do it, it doesnt make you less of a good mom or person. do what you want and dont let people persuade your decision. this is a big moment in your life, not theirs! good luck! :)

Natalie - posted on 02/23/2010

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The best advice is too relax and listen to the midwife. No one can tell you how you will react to the contractions so just listen to your body and don't except it to be bad or it will be. I didn't have any pain relief and I was fine. The thing to remember is that you know why you are in pain! We took cds in with us and danced around the room which really helped to speed things up and relaxed me cos I was having fun. My labour was 5hrs 50mins and I loved every bit of it.

Alyssa - posted on 02/22/2010

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I had to have a C section so Im not sure what to tell you other than don't let them poke you in the back 8 times. And ask for stadol and phenergan to go to sleep. I couldn't ever sleep. I tried to sleep and ended up staying up for 3 days. I wasnt like over excited or anything. It was all the nurses and doctors coming in all the time. Good luck.

Erica - posted on 02/22/2010

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lay on your side and get someone to massage you lower back it helps so much with the pain during labor!!

Heather - posted on 02/22/2010

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I opted for natural waterbirth, so I can't give any advice on pain meds. The best thing I can tell you is to breathe. No, not the way you practice. You'll want to scream, but it'll only hurt worse. I had to yell a bit, the lady in the room next to me was doing the same type of labor and screaming obnoxiously the entire time. It was horrible. My midwife told me told me to just breathe all my air out. It's sort of obnoxios, almost like a little kid would when trying to blow out a candle. It works and helped so much. When they say not to push, do your best not to push, let your body work the baby down so when it does come time to push you won't have to work as much. Have you been doing a perineal massage? It helps, a lot so that you aren't as likely to tear or need an episiotomy, did I spell that right?. Try to relax as best as you can, listen to what they tell you and you should be okay. I got terrified when it came time to push and my midwife told me, "When I say push, PUSH. If I say stop, STOP!" I was afraid I'd have to stop, but I didn't. They actually thought I was finished with a contraction, but it was huge and I kept pushing. Oh and once you get that little head out, it's usually pretty quick afterwards. Good luck sweetie!

Chelsea - posted on 02/22/2010

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like everyone said Breath through ur contractions it does help out alot. and what ever u do dont watch a clock, lol

Chrissy - posted on 02/22/2010

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Just stay relaxed ! That's the most important thing, when you go into labor breath breath breath...! Trust me dont stress out, and listen too the other moms if there are any in the room they can help

Karissa - posted on 02/22/2010

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i wont tell you that the epidural is good or bad but it does cost alot and when i got mine the doctor missed twice before he got it in and it didnt kick in untill after my son got here but i had a really fast delivery also Anyways my point is if you do decide to get it get it early and if you dont they have some pain killers that they can put in your IV that take off the edge. BUT Remember labour is diffrent for everyone so do what YOU think is best. Just remember to breate deeply and that it will all be over soon and you will have your beautiful baby in your arms =)

Tabitha - posted on 02/22/2010

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EPIDURAL WILL BE YOUR LIFE SAVER............AND JUST TAKE IT DAY BY DAY DONT RUDH IT,,,,

Monica - posted on 02/22/2010

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If you can, try not to have an epidural. Sometimes they can go wrong, plus, it feels good to say you delivered with no epi or pain meds! But if you have to get it, don't feel bad. If your hospital has one of those big workout balls, I would definitely recommend that! That helped my pain drop TREMENDOUSLY. I loved that thing. Just sitting on it, it takes the pressure off. It feels sooo good! Also, like everyone else said, breathing will really help you! One more thing, when you are actually having the baby, like once her head is crowning, ask for a mirror, that way you can watch and see how far she is! It'll push you even more and think "she's almost here", and it might take your mind off of the pain just a little. Anyway, hope this helps and best of luck!!

P.S. If you have any q's, just message me!

Emma - posted on 02/22/2010

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just breath and dont stress try not to push when there tellin you not to..(lol i did that) and the gas omg the gas is awesome lol...good luck on hope you have a safe birth and a healthy gawjus baby :)

Terri - posted on 02/22/2010

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dont take the epidural! you wont need it....i delivered 9lbs 12oz without and am so proud of it! lol

Arielle - posted on 02/21/2010

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I don't know if you're planning on getting an epidural or not, but it helps greatly, and although a lot of "reality" shows make the epidural look painful, it really isn't. I think the best advice I could give is just to stay calm and don't over think it. I was in active labor (pushing) for over 2 hours, I was exausted, but so ready for her to come out! Your body will know what to do, just follow the signs. You'll know when its time to push, and you'll feel your mussels wanting to push. Our bodies are made for this, giving birth is a very natural thing. Just listen to your body's signals and relax. You'll be fine.

Heather - posted on 02/21/2010

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i say epi's r great. had em with my first two and plan on getting one with my third (i'm 33 weeks) i had no problems with mine and i couldnt feel a thing. just pushed and had my baby. but i also agree that ur plan pretty much goes down the drain. its kinda unpredictable when its actually happening. all i can say is u'll kno whats right for u when its happening and go with ur gut.

Kayle - posted on 02/21/2010

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Don't be surprised if your whole birthing plan is tossed right out the window. With Having a baby anything can happen.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2010

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when you go to push...seriously its like taking a crap..have whoever is in the room with you count to ten slowly and that entire time keep pushing with no breaks in between...i just had my daughter on wednesday at 37 weeks and omg i got her out in like 5 minutes. take the epidural though for sure...it makes it all better so you can rest for when you go to push and to stay more awake when you have the baby in your arms. GOOD LUCK!!

Ashae - posted on 02/21/2010

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dont fight with the people around you they are there to help you. and breath during the contractions.

Kassie - posted on 02/21/2010

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Breath and don't take the epidural too early. I know it'll sound great, but it goes away and the pain comes back only worse. But you'll be fine! Good luck and congrats!

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2010

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when it was almost time for me to push and i was waiting for my doctor to arrive, the nurses had me push gently and slowly with contractions. it helped to slowly stretch out the muscles down there and it really helped. i did tear a little bit but i didnt have to get stitches or anything. but my kid did have a pretty big head!.. congrats and good luck!

Tabitha - posted on 02/21/2010

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just feel free to make sure you get wat you need. wether it is a fan or water. and just relax and breathe. it is all over before you know it. Good luck

Ashley - posted on 02/20/2010

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dont panic.
push!!! listen to your instinct.
if you want the epidural do it.
eat ice chips.

hospital:
pack chapstick and depends (for bleeding).
buy a boppy for your comfort while brestfeeding.
drink lots of cran juice

Danielle - posted on 02/20/2010

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the way i got throw labour is that i wanted my daughter so much and the more i push the quicker she will be out i recommend gas and air thats all i had and it was great i love every second of giving birth the best thing i have ever done good luck x

Susan - posted on 02/20/2010

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ohh and by the way...... wen it was time to push, my body actually done it itself but i pushed with it and i did two little pushes and then they told me to pant and then her head was half way out and i got to touch her head wen it was coming out....and then theres was no more contractions coming so i just pushed any way and then there she was on my chest :) and i didnt tear..... hope you are just as lucky as i was :D

Susan - posted on 02/20/2010

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the things that got me through it all was good deep breathing and i just kept thinking about the beautiful baby i would have in my arms :) they asked me if i wanted any drugs or an epidural but i said no cause its better for the baby to have nothing. it is a type of pain that u can handle, i mean it does hurt but then it goes away and u get a little break to relax..... im sure you will be fine... good luck darl xx ♥

Brandy - posted on 02/20/2010

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Well if you want to be medicated you have option. You have the epidural, which worked wonders on me, but other people have had problems. Also there is pain meds that they can put in your IV. The bad part about that though, is it will put you to sleep. My biggest advice is to only allow people in the room who will be very supportive and helpful towards you. You don't want any negative energy. being mad can stop, or slow down contractions. Just try and relax. If you want to talk some more just let me know.

Anniken Beate - posted on 02/20/2010

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Like the others said, relaxing and breathing is very important

I also recommend to try and take as many pictures as you can
you might not like the pictures there and then or even for a while after but believe me.. it is one of the things i regret the most.

Maybe ask if you can listen to some relaxing music

I had the epi and I would never recommend it, It can not work, leave you numb, still feel everything and it can stop your contractions completely
and having to lay down, abselutely unable to move but still feel everything is awful
I had to get 2-3 doses of picton that didnt work after the epi killed the contractions... it wasn't untill they broke my water that it kicked in big time.


you do not have to lay in the bed and do the natural birthing positions, it is not the best way to give birth
ask to try others untill you find one that fits you and your labour and baby.


GOOD LUCK

Lauren - posted on 02/20/2010

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just relax dont worry about breathing or stuff like that just think about what calms you down. and think about the end result your beautiful new baby

Rachel - posted on 02/19/2010

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relax and breathe! i had my son at 37+4. if you breathe i found it kept me relaxed for longer so i didnt need to go to hospital for a while. n then i was 5cm already. hot showers n heat packs are good too, n if someone can rub lavender oil on your back.

Joanne - posted on 02/18/2010

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dont be afraid to get drugs... for the pain. i could have never done it without it, but i have a very low pain tolerance. but i wish you the best of luck. try sitting in a tub of warm water it really helps with contractions!

Tasha - posted on 02/18/2010

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Do not be scared to push! When you are pushing relax your face and concentrate on pushing "down there". Just push with all your might and don't be scared! I only pushed for 10 minuets and my daughter was born. I did have an epidural which made me sick but i would get one again, it helps alot it lets you sleep and get rest your rest for the pushing. I had my daughter when i was 37 weeks along and she was the most perfect little girl i had ever seen! She was 6 lbs 5 onces. So i suspect soon for you to lol and i'm sure your little one will be just as perfect! :)

Simone - posted on 02/18/2010

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lol.. yer u get that alot with doctors thinking there good lol.. gettin close to her coming out... a labour is something u wont forget i will never forget.. i had a natural with gas lol but it made me sick oh i also had my bf putting the bed up and down at every contraction. but when my son kyle came out the bag got stuck and i had to go into theter and have it manually removed so in other words the doctor stuck his whole arm up me to grab it and had 3 stitches... but i look at him today at his age which is 1 year old i think to myself how the hell did i push him out lol... but i love him to death... i hope ur labour dont end up like my 36 hours did lol

Justine - posted on 02/18/2010

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Lol. I'll try not to be nervous. I am already dilated to 2cm as of last Thursday.. I didn't get to get checked today because my Dr. wasn't at the hospital and they didn't bother to call and inform me of that so i went for nothing! Kinda pissed me off...

Simone - posted on 02/18/2010

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dont be too nervous when u start getting contraction every 5 minutes go tot he hospital and it wont be long till she is in your arms together..:)

Justine - posted on 02/18/2010

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Thanks you guys =] You all really helped. Im so nervous about giving birth... I just want to get it over with and have my baby girl in my arms =]

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