Any tips you can supply before giving birth or during pregnancy?

Joyce - posted on 06/06/2012 ( 135 moms have responded )

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List of things that should not be forgotten before giving birth like what to carry in the hospital, what to buy, baby stuffs, how to keep calm, what to eat (if theres any), what to wear, what to do, etc etc.
*this is for newly moms like me.

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Debbie - posted on 06/20/2012

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Breathe, breathe, breathe. It helps during the contractions especially if the doctor or midwife tells you not to push as yet; the breathing helped me a lot and I did not have an epidural.

Christina - posted on 06/08/2012

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I've never in my life heard of anyone cleaning their nipples with alcohol before breastfeeding! When my daughter was born, I nursed her right away and continued nursing for just over a year. Before and after she was born, I read dozens of books about breastfeeding, and after she was born I worked with a lactation consultant. I also read numerous online boards about the topic, and not once did I ever hear anyone mention cleaning the nipples beforehand! In the year that I breastfed, I never cleaned my nipples beforehand, and I never had a single problem.....neither did my daughter! I would definitely consult a lactation consultant before doing such a thing, as I would be concerned that using alcohol on your nipples could dry them out, leading to painful breastfeeding as well as a breast infection.

Margarita - posted on 06/08/2012

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Hello again=)

I realized I forgot to mention to bring reading material for the actual stay, in case you can't sleep once you've put baby bed. If you're into scrap booking or keep a diary, you may want to bring some paper to write or your diary. It won't be long before the whole thing becomes a blur, so it will be good to write the details down for yourself and perhaps for baby if he/she asks one day. My mother's story of my birth has changed immensely over the years, which may or may not matter, but for some it does.

Odd thing we discovered at our hospital is that there is such a thing as dry baby wipes. Our hospital prefers them to the kind you usually buy in the store. Hubby and I were very confused when it came time to change her diaper and all we could find were the dry ones and didn't think that we should be using the alcohol pads. Anywhoo, if you end up getting that kind, all you have to do is wet them with the water from the sink, tepid to warm, not hot or ice cold.

There's been a whole different thread on breastfeeding and the subject of cleaning your nipples before breastfeeding. I know at one point cleaning them with alcohol was recommended to prevent thrush, but the current recommendation is leaving them alone to prevent them from drying and cracking. Don't use soap on them in the shower, and use a little lanolin nipple cream if they start feeling dry. If you are allergic to lanolin, you can look for alternatives, I think there are one or two out there that are lanolin free. To prevent thrush, you need to keep them dry. If you use cloth breast pads, change them as soon as you leak and change your bra as well. Pat them with a clean burp cloth or let them air dry after nursing before you hook your bra cup back. If you use breast shells, keep a close eye on them and empty them as you may leak into them and will want to empty them ASAP. That should prevent thrush. You can always talk to a lactation consultant for more info on the subject. Take care, and again, congrats.

Diana - posted on 06/07/2012

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I was not too far into labor and terribly constipated when my water broke. So then I had to have an enema. Bare feet on cold bathroom floor, nothing to read. So bring slippers and a book! And your glasses if you need them, and your favorite lip stuff. Good luck, Mama!

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Ernie Lukundo - posted on 05/03/2013

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KEEP POSTING, mommies have learnt alot am expeting my 2nd baby on he 24th of sept.
my first one was a great experience.

Desiree - posted on 11/16/2012

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breath, take it slow, make sure you have atleast 1 person with you when your labor starts. and focus on them , their voice, and most of all whatever you go through for labor it will all be gone the moment your baby is placed on you and your hear baby's first cry...nothing exsists but you and baby at that moment..and when your done remind youself you did a great job..

Kristy - posted on 11/16/2012

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You don't actually want to clip your baby's fingernails. You need to file them for now. I

Violet - posted on 11/16/2012

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1. Really clean your house, you are not getting back to this for a while, NOT kidding.

2. Stock food, whether you are a stay at home on on the go; time to prepare will be non-exsient. (Frozen casseroles, pizza, just what you normally eat). No you won't have time to make a sandwich.

3. Find someone you love to be around, NOT the husband to show up once a week or so, so you can have me/friend time.

4. If you feel depressed, get help from the doc, friends/Mom can tell you if your not being normal.

5. My most valuable asset was a book on what to expect at the different ages, and the shots that needed to be given.... mine was divided into 1-12 months, 18months and then by years; absolutely loved that book. (Nervious Mom I was, read it every year.)

6. Believe you are the best Mom and stick to it, you will know what the child needs instintly, and yes this one will superceed even your best role model.

Follow these get ready tips and everything else will fall into place.

Chelsea - posted on 11/16/2012

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You can find many checklists for hospital bag and baby gear online. Its helpful to sign up for a tour of the hospital you will be giving birth at. That way you can see first hand what accommodations they offer. I did and I could cross off about half of the items on the typical hospital bag list because my hospital offered them - this includes comfort measure items too.o I ended up using the hospitals birthing ball and shower to help ease my pain. As far as baby items, the things I found most necessary during the first week besides the car seat and co-sleeper was swaddling blankets (at least 40x40 inches and climate appropriate), side snap gerber tshirts, and cotton squares and warm water to wipe babys bottom at diaper changes (newborns sometimes have much too sensitive skin to use wipes). As far as clothing sizes go, every baby is different, my baby grew out of newborn size in a week...since he was born almost eight pound at birth. It wouldve been more cost effective to just go 0-3 months (that's what the hospital dressed him in and it fit fine). I had newborn items just in case my baby was small. Other than that, make sure you have family or friends handy to run to the store for you when you discover you need certain items for you and baby. Best wishes!

Britt - posted on 11/08/2012

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o and ps... my son ruined his nice outfit i had planned for him to come home in .. the supposed nice picture and nice outfit for everyone to see.. yeah he had pooped and diahrea all over it jas when i had him buckled in his car seat for the firs ttime ... i cried .. lol yes your still sooo emotionally crazy lol ... so maybe be prepared for anything .. u never know whats goin to happen .. in the hospitall i heard the nurses coming in and out .. and my husband just grunting because my son peed ... all over the wall .. into the nurses gloves that she put her hands in the gloves.. and she was soaked in pee ... lol .. she was like you could have told me ... hewas stil being peed on ... that he didnt think to mentin her hads were getting full of pee as well lol ... anything can go when u have a neww baby ... not to worry .. about the little things... and what you are going to look like .. u will be hurting .. and sleeping ... and everything can happen and willl ... nurses .. doctors coming in and out... u will be semi naked ... lol .. everyone looking at ur body lol .. just go with the flow

Britt - posted on 11/08/2012

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all i can say is ... be sure to bring some ...

tuck tuck pads....

have pads in the freezer like an ice pack .. or pack small diapers .... like them .. because you will be soo thankful you did...

i was soo sore. ... that thankfully my mother in law was an ex nurse .. and knew exactly what to do since no one told us what to do ... (miliary doctors and nurses)



if they give you stuff ... stock extras in your bag... so take stuff and pack it ... because you want extras ... of whatever ... at home ... for when you are sore ... and hurting at home ....



i was deeply afraid of needles ... and pain and eppidural .. and everything ... and people ask why do people have kids .. its because they are soo cute and cuddely liek a puppy .... lol .. and then you do it again ... lol ahahaha ....

dont psych yourself of .. omg its not going to hurt or its going to hurt soo bad .. just breathe ... and look forward to meeting your new little one ...

yes you will need the necesssities .. that everyone tells you ... but .. when your in action .. and then after ... you are to busy with baby .. to get dressed up ... and to sore ... to be like omg .. do like amazing .... ur baby is crying .. ur changing diapers.. ur sleeping ... or feeding ... or holding .. and crying in amazement of what you created .... nothing is or amazing. then that baby .. and u are just sitting there .. like wow.. really this .. this is what i created ... and then its time for you to leave the hospital .. and you put on the clothes to leave .. and ur babys outfit... so just plan for those outfits.. and something comfy for those other ones...

Jamie - posted on 11/07/2012

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You don't need much! 1) The clothes you wear when you leave can be the same clothes you came in with. You will wear a hospital gown most of the time unless you don't want to. You also don't need loads of baby clothes for those first pics. Bring 1 onsie . Check out some hilarious preggo advice here http://www.sippycupcocktails.com/2012/08...

Joyce - posted on 07/30/2012

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Thanks Mommies!! I am almost there! 2 more months and I'm off to the hospital. A bit scared and anxious. Having A LOT of mood swings lately too.

I haven't checked on COM for a bit long since me and my hubby have been busy preparing things, especially the baby's room and stuffs. It so nice reading your posts here. And taking down notes on some of the things that I can try from your own advices. Please keep on posting. Its helping a lot.

I'm really happy today!
Hugs! :)

Joyce - posted on 07/30/2012

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Thanks Mommies!! I am almost there! 2 more months and I'm off to the hospital. A bit scared and anxious. Having A LOT of mood swings lately too.

I haven't checked on COM for a bit long since me and my hubby have been busy preparing things, especially the baby's room and stuffs. It so nice reading your posts here. And taking down notes on some of the things that I can try from your own advices. Please keep on posting. Its helping a lot.

I'm really happy today!
Hugs! :)

Helen - posted on 07/16/2012

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List of phone numbers,
Change of comfy clothes for both of you
change for vending machines
phone charger
outfit for baby to go home in
carseat, get it checked, know how to use it
Ask people to not visit or keep it brief so you can rest when baby is sleeping
Shampoo,conditioner tooth brush, tooth paste.
Please folks bring a vase, nurss of ses do Not have them to hand out and would you not prefer her to be helping with to the baby
You do not need to bring bags and bags of things you just have t haul it home
If you like bring your own pillow
36 years as a mother baby nurse

Pennie - posted on 07/13/2012

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Hi Joyce.
One thing that I had in the hospital with all three of my babies was a back massager. I found it at a local dollar store and still have it today. I had major back labor with all three and this helped immensely. So much so, I lent it out to 3 pregnant friends with orders to find them one of their own! Another thing that really helped, with my third child, the hospital I was in had whirl-pool jet tubs in the labor-delivery rooms. How awesome it was to be sitting in a nice bath with the jets soothing away the stress! It was the easiest birth I had! I even told my nurse that I just needed a wine cooler and some soothing music and I would be good. (She told me no, but it was still nice!)
I hope this has helped you a little. Good luck with your pregnancy!

Laura - posted on 07/13/2012

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I origionally packed everything I was told I would need and didn't really need any of it. The hospital supplied everything. Extra clothes for yourself are important. My water broke and by the time I got to the hospital my pants were soaked, I changed not the pjs I brought and they were also soaked before they actually took me to the birth unit. Its also nice to have comfy clothes for the hospital stay. I also had a nice outfit picked out for baby to come home in.

The most important advice I can give is to make sure the medical staff have in writing how you would like your labour experience to go. I asked for no residents and there was a bunch of them. Don't get to messed up about it, I ended up leaving the hospital with more Han I arrived with.

Sheila Sudlow - posted on 07/11/2012

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don't be fobbed off if you think you wont make it to the hospital to give birth we had 20 mins of labour with my daughter thats al,l so 999 was the best option even ambulance only just arrived in time need SHE GAVE BIRTH ON THE CARPET NOT EVEN TIME TO BOIL A KETTLE.
I have a blog post on pregnancy prem babies and more folow it here at
HTTP:// PREMATUREBABY.INFO

Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 07/06/2012

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The best advice I can give to remember to BREATHE! I held my breath a lot during labor and it made me dizzy and INCREASED the pain. The nurses are Not kidding when they tell you to BREATHE through the pain. It does help to reduce it. I did not have time for pain meds, I went WAY too fast! So, BREATHE!

Also, I had to send my husband to get my nail clippers and a file. I generally keep my nails long, but I was so afraid I was going to scratch my baby, I sent him to get the clipper and file so I could cut my nails off after the baby was born. If I had thought ahead, this could have been done at home before even going into labor.

Danielle Del - posted on 07/05/2012

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The thing to remember is having a healthy baby is most important and things don't always go as planned, so take everything as comes.

I tried to have a natural childbirth, but was in labor for 19 hours, during which they didn't let me eat (it was my hospital's policy even though everything was going completely normal and I wasn't high risk) I was starving and exhausted and gave into the epidural god after 16.5 hours, and initially I was mad at myself for having given in, but once my son came a few hours later, none of that mattered. That's what you need to remember, as much or as little pain you will be in (because it's different for everyone) once you hold you little one for the first time, none of that will have mattered and looking into your child's eyes for the first time is seriously the most amazing experience ever.

A couple of tips I would have liked to have known:
-Wait as long as possible to go in to the hospital...which is really hard for us first timers because we're so nervous! And, eat a huge meal before you do (unless you are instructed otherwise by your doctor) By the time I had my son and was able to get something to eat, it had been close to 23 hours since my last meal, and at that time, the cafeteria was closed as was the kitchen, and the vending machine didn't take $5's which was all I had. It was horrible! -So also bring back up snacks!
-Also, go over your birth plan with the nurses once you get there. I had to fill out a whole birth plan form and mail it in to my hospital beforehand, so I assumed they new what I wanted, but they didn't, and as a result I didn't get the opportunity to donate my son's cord blood, which I had wanted to do.
-Don't be afraid or feel bad about paging the nurses at any hour of the day for any questions or concerns, that's what they're there for, but definitely treat them with the utmost respect, they are amazing women, and they really do all the work, the doctors come in to catch the baby at the end, but its the nurses that are the real heroes.
-ask the nurse for some extra of the giant pad things they give you right before you leave, they come in handy at nights.

Emma - posted on 06/26/2012

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Toilet paper. They will have the cheap 1 ply stuff!

But seriously, I have read many posts and I agree with many, but you do not want to take much to the hospital. I have had 5 kids, and there is nothing like packing your own stuff to take home, then all the goodies that the hospital will give you and stuff your visitors brought you (like flowers and balloons) So here is my top 10 quick list (assuming you have a 1 night/2 day stay)

2-3 changes of clothes (including underwear)
lip balm
socks or house shoes
maxi pads
hair brush/hair ties
phone charger!!!


Baby stuff
2-3 outfits (and hair stuff if needed)
1 cute one for pics
car seat (obviously)
blankets

As far as all the nice shower stuff goes, that is up to you. The only toiletries I would worry about is your tooth brush, tooth paste, and deodorant, maybe lotion. In all 5 birth experiences, I ALWAYS looked forward to that 1st shower after delivery. But once you waterproof your IV and dragged all that in to the industrial looking shower with you, there is something that spoils it and made me want to wash up quickly and get out. I really did not miss my stuff at home. Remember, you have to repack everything and take it home with all the new stuff you have acquired.

Joyce - posted on 06/24/2012

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KEEP POSTING, Mommies! I love hearing from all of you. :)

Any tip is welcome and i bet its gonna be very helpful too.

Joyce - posted on 06/24/2012

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I'm almost turning 7! This is so exciting. And whoa! this baby kicks more often than he used to. :)
I have prepared a list of things to bring, and to do. I hope I did not forget anything. And above all else, thank you great moms for your contributions and advice. It really helped A LOT, and it also made me smile knowing your joy of having your own ANGEL...I just can't wait to have mine. ♥

Alaina - posted on 06/24/2012

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ALSO:
I didn't take any classes whatsoever. I took the epidural.
I kept my bag in my car. My boyfriend drove me to the hospital in his. However, him knowing where my bag was, helped him reach in and grab the bag before we got there.
I kept it in my car because I had this fear of my water breaking in walmart.

Alaina - posted on 06/24/2012

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Hospital:
Toiletries.
one or 2 changes of clothes (I honestly didn't get out of the hospital gown until my 2nd day in there
Makeup (If you want it)
Salt. Hospital food can be really good, it's just not seasoned really well.
Something to go home in.
Camera.
Chargers for your camera/laptop/phone
list of people you want contacted as soon as the little one pops out.

For baby:
Car seat INSTALLED. Go get it installed now and get a safety check on it.
Something for baby to go home in.
A couple extra onsies
and a swaddle blanket or two.

I brought my whole LIFE with me to the hospital and ended up only using the things I told you to bring.

Liz - posted on 06/23/2012

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Oh yes, someone mentioned pre-made frozen meals. As you're cooking your regular meals, set aside a couple extra meals to freeze for when you come home. This will save you from having to cook on those days when you are not feeling like kitchen duty.
Also, when baby is asleep, DON'T keep the noise down. Allow baby to become accustomed to normal house noises. Because after all the quietness and all of a sudden there is a big noise, THAT is when the baby will be disturbed.

Liz - posted on 06/23/2012

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Getting close to your due date, pack your bag including car fare to and from the hospital. I did this. My bag was sitting by the door. But when I left my home and the police officer reached to pick up my bag. I told him not to take it because I wasn't going to stay. Big mistake. After the birth, I almost had to take a cab home to get the baby's outfit and go back to the hospial to get my baby. They wouldn't allow me to take my baby dressed in the hospital-provided tee shirt, diaper and blanket. It was the end of April and they made me dress the baby fully with socks and a hat. The lady in the next bed gave me an outfit and they took me home. Also, I didn't fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes after I gave birth. So just take along another fresh maternity outfit to wear home. Its funny now but back then it wasn't.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/23/2012

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Super hot baths can be dangerous!! Check with what your doctor recommends regarding the bath water's temperature!



I took Bradley Birthing Classes. I think they would've worked a lot better if I had practiced more. I just figured "Oh, I took the class... I'll know what to do." Not true. I hadn't practiced how to truly relax my whole body. I hadn't done the pelvic exercises they recommended. I really would have gotten a lot more out if the class if I had practiced.



Even if you don't take any classes, practice being able to lay quietly in a relaxing atmosphere, relaxing your whole body from head to toe, breathing deeply but naturally. Practice using imagery. When you go into labor, put yourself in a physical position that allows your body to literally "open up" from the waist down. If you want to squat, squat. If you want to bounce on a big exercise ball, do it. Just go with the flow and don't tense up or fight the contractions. Use your imagery and actually picture the muscles of your body moving the baby down the birth canal. The number one thing you should do is whatever is needed to keep your baby healthy and safe!!

Vernet - posted on 06/18/2012

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This is my 2nd baby and I know one thing I will not be forgetting this time...... SOME LIP GLOSS... omg every picture I took in the hospital my lips looked so cracked I was like y no one told me..... LOL snacks are a good idea also but I had excellent hospital food!!! Good luck sweetie!!

Misha - posted on 06/17/2012

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I would say to bring comfort items like slippers, your own pillow, a nursing pillow, a heating pad, snacks for hubby, and maxi pads (hospital ones are bulky and gross). Those items will just make you more comfortable afterwards. Good luck and don't be nervous, you'll do fine. :)

Bglitl - posted on 06/17/2012

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Everyone has had great ideas!! I am a mom of 5 and an ob/peds nurse. I also recommend some nice body lotion like bath and body works or whatever you like. It is relaxing to have your husband rub your back or legs, all the nurses and residents said our room smelled so good. We also played cards to help pass the time. I love my diet coke so I brought some along for afterward and dad. Best of luck. It's not bad. Many of us do it many times. After my 4 son I felt so good I could have went to Mc Donald's and actually stopped at sister in laws to pick up another bassinet the. I like one on every floor, also bounce chair. It's easier than lugging them all over the house.

Alexandra - posted on 06/16/2012

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i would def get an epidural. Why being worried with pain, instead of enjoying the birth of your child?
There are a lot of lists on the internet and baby books. You can ask your doctor if you have questions and you can go to birth classes before birth.
I would keep it simple. Dont forget the camera!

Helen - posted on 06/16/2012

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First have a healthy baby, be prepared pack your bag early 36 weeks at least,
Nursing bra with no underwire you need a bra whether your nursing or not the breast fill and you need good support
\bring your old ugly underwear so you can toss it
snacks for you and your partner
cash for cafeteria or vending machines
camera
outfit for baby
carseat
some people like there own pillow
change of clothes for your partner
socks
stick to only one baby book too many conflicts
tell people you need time alone, the nurse will do lots of teaching and its difficult iif people are dropping in all the time also your tired and if you get a chance to nap take it
tooth brush, and soap shampoo bring your partner a toothhbrush too
keep the items to a minimum, small bag so your partner does not have a lot of bags to deal with
Good luck do not people tell you horror stories it will be your experience enjoy it and your baby

Marlene - posted on 06/13/2012

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If you don't mind sweetie, what is your baby's heart rate? For my own curiosity? And you will be fine. I promise you. When I was pregnant with my three i was thrilled at the 6 month mark. They would move around and be active, and i would sing (of all things) Silent Night to them if they got too rambunctious. lol It is the only thing that would calm them down. LOL I was eager for them to come into the world...but i was also enjoying the flutttering in my belly. It was great. I miss it and if I could I would have another one.

Emilee - posted on 06/13/2012

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It helped me to cry a little during contractions. It made me feel Better. My first labor was 9 1/2 hours including 2 hours of pushing my second labor was 2 hours including 10 min of pushing. Every labor is sooooo different

Yesenia - posted on 06/13/2012

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I WAS just like you even though my baby girl is my third.. breathe relax i know kinda hard to think .. dont hold ur breath and hold ur hubby hand and SQUEEZE.. Mine wasnt so easy but the prize is my baby girl. Focus on in a few hours/min you will have your baby and it will be ALL WORTH IT!

Joyce - posted on 06/13/2012

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Hahahaha! I just hope I dont spoil my kids that much. I can remember spoiling my little brother before. He treats me like his second mom. LOL!

Emilee - posted on 06/13/2012

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Haha I was completely the opposite!!! Of course we all wish for a healthy baby but deep down we want a certain gender. I had my first girl kaylee 4/13/10 and got preg again 8 mp later. I felt so bad but on the way to the ultrasound if I found out it was boy I was going to cry. It sounds awful but that's how I felt. But then it was girl!!! Hadlee 9/16/11 and I couldn't be happier!!! We want one more and Im not going to find out the gender. I think that'll be pretty exciting!

Joyce - posted on 06/13/2012

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those girls must be very pretty. My hubby wants a baby girl too..He would always say, "So u can dress her up like a princess." LOL! I would always tell him i wanna have all boys... coz I wanna be his (my husband's) only princess. Then he would answer me, "If we'll have a little princess, then that means you'll turn out as My Queen. LOL! I am only kidding whenever I would say that to him but a part of me means it a little bit. They say it is just normal for me to feel a little that way since I am used of my husband's spoiling. He treats me like a Princess even at the first day we got together. But don't get me wrong, I will thank God if He'd give us a chance to have a beautiful baby girl. :)

Emilee - posted on 06/13/2012

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You might have a uti. Very common as the baby gets bigger. Just sone antibiotics and you'll feel better. From my expiriences, 6 mo preg is as good as it gets! Your small enough you can still do anything you want but big enough to feel preg. The bigger you get the harder things get, and less you'll sleep lol. Just remember as much as you want ur baby out it's much easier when they are in lol. You can come and go as you please, sleep when ever you want, life's going to change a lot in 3 months! Don't get me wrong I love my girls to death ( 26 mo and 9 mo, 17 mo apart) but life was easier with no babies, and life was still easier with 1 baby! So enjoy being preg no matter how much you want that baby out at 37 weeks!!!

Joyce - posted on 06/13/2012

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THANKS MOMMIES. I had fun reading all your posts. I am very excited- everyday!

I am on my 6th month.. is it normal to have a little pain during peeing?



**Moms, would you share what were you feeling or how did you felt during your 6th month of pregnancy?



~No worries. I have a regular check up and I would always call my doctor if I need help or if I am feeling different. I just wanna know how and what other mommies felt when it was their turn to have a baby in their womb.

Joyce - posted on 06/13/2012

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THANKS MOMMIES. I had fun reading all your posts. I am very excited- everyday!
I am on my 6th month.. is it normal to have a little pain during peeing?

**Moms, would you share what were you feeling or how did you felt during your 6th month of pregnancy?

~No worries. I have a regular check up and I would always call my doctor if I need help or if I am feeling different. I just wanna know how and what other mommies felt when it was their turn to have a baby i their womb.

Marlene - posted on 06/13/2012

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Not every woman suffers from Post Natal Syndrom. I personally was enthralled with my little bundle of joy...all three times. The labor was different for each one...and as soon as I held them in my arms the pain went away. Some women retain the "baby fat" for a little while while others look as though they had never been pregnant and just given birth at all. (I was like that with mine.) I really depends on your body chemistry. After the birth they will show you some exercises to do to get your figure back. I really don't think you have anything to worry about. given your ethnic background, I honestly believe that you will be back to your pre-pregnancy state before you know it. Just take it easy and enjoy your child. That is all that matters :P

Robin - posted on 06/13/2012

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METAMUSIL!!! I love the stuff. If you have any kind of tearing from the delivery it can be kind of scary to go to the bathroom afterwards. I was anemic during my pergnancies and taking iron can make you constipated and so can the epidulal if you have one.

Connie - posted on 06/12/2012

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Best advice I got was from a nurse during my second delivery. She said most women tense up during contractions anticipating the pain. She said to try to pee during the contraction. Don't worry about any mess because it is all messy and you will probably end up peeing anyways. She said it will help you dilate faster. I think it worked for me as my I dilated much faster after I tried it. Also, the epi didn't help me at all and my back hurt where they inserted the needle for days.

Marlene - posted on 06/12/2012

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Joyce above all else, just breathe and try to relax. All will be well. If there is a CCD that you like to listen to that really relaxes you is good. I used Canon in D Major by Pacibel. The sound of the waves hitting the shore are very relaxing. You can set your breathing to them when in labor. The most important stuff to really remember is something for you to wear when you are released from the hospital, (loose fitting) and outfit for your darling little bundle of joy, a recieving blanket and blanket.

User - posted on 06/12/2012

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There is one thing which noone seems to mention- yes go with your body, but at the end when the baby is just about to come out slow down and dont push. You need a few seconds for the skin to stretch as the head come out- if you push when the baby's coming out you ar more likey to tear. Listen to the midwife! The urge to get the baby out at this stage may be overwhelming - i was given this advice beforehand and promptly forgot in the excitment of the baby arriving. Secondly, after the birth on day 1 or 2 have an old fashinoned salt bath. This makes infection less likely.
The counting during contractions really helped for me - i counted each one down so i knew it would be over on 1. Stops it feeling infinite.
Labour, for me, was awesome- (conventional meaning of the word)
Finally do make sure that your baby's position is correct before labour- when they engage they must be facing the right way round, as well as head down. There are exercises you can do to encourage the correct position.
Enjoy! It was the most positive experience of my life.
(lavender oil, frankinsence etc can really help - inhaling the smells were very helpful for me. Lavender essential oil is anti-inflammatory, healing, and antiseptic and can be applied directly to the skin. (i dont believe its suitable for newborns though so i wouldnt get it on your baby's skin.)

Akinbinu - posted on 06/12/2012

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Well the last but important is to remember to pray,labour is not as easy as it looks and those times in pains you may not remember what to do but if you had prayed commiting everyhing to God be rest assured it is all well. God bless you.

Emilee - posted on 06/12/2012

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Oh and if you have a birth plan be ready for it to go completely opposite!! I had an epi with both births and neither worked, my first labor i went in and was put on magnesium for high blood pressure (never had it during preg.) so had to stay an extra day, couldn't get out of bed for 24 hours AFTER the baby was born, no shower no nothing. Just be ready for anything and expect nothing but a healthy baby

Emilee - posted on 06/12/2012

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I brought my own bottles for my second baby, the little nursers and nipples there are too fast and give the baby gas. I brought night gowns for the baby too, witch hazel feels AMAZING on stitches, but they might supply that. I always brought snacks and just snacked when the dr wasn't in there :) being in labor takes a lot of energy if you don't eat pushing is sooo hard!!!

Dont worry about pooping while pushing!!! The faster you do the faster you'll have ur baby out!!

Becky - posted on 06/12/2012

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Probably been said before, but, make sure your CAR SEAT is FULLY put together!! It happened to me and my ex, we almost had to leave without our baby girl because 1 piece of hardware wasn't attached properly. Oh, and if it is allowed...bring soothing music to play while giving birth...even the docs appreciate it...although my doc said that he had a couple the blared Metallica while birthing...wow, that would be intense. To each their own :)

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Never forget your vitamins or nutritional supplements. A healthy pregnancy & delivery & a healthy baby is more important than any other consideration. Then, trust GOD. He gave the gift of Motherhood to you. It's the most beautiful gift of all.

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