Birthing questions...

Jessica - posted on 07/31/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hello ladies... Second conversation of the day... I am on a roll... As you know I pretty much keep up with all the questions we have as expectant moms... Well someone asked about moms having natural birth and while I was unable to do so with my daughter I totally plan to do it with this baby... I have been trying to find out what my options are as far as pain management and such for a natural birth but my dr says there is plenty of time to discuss all of that... The problem I am having is I want to plan things out as best I can now... This way I can be a little more at ease with everything when the time comes... I am totally in planning and nesting mode right now and I have this unparalelled desire to have as much ready for our baby girl as possible and I am not sure of all the options there are out there... So if any of you know anything about this question or can point me in the right direction for more info please let me know... I can't wait for her to be here but I am so unprepared that I can't stand it... Please help ladies... Joy

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Veronica - posted on 08/04/2010

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I really wanted to do a completely natural birth with my first, and thought I might get to when my water broke. BUT, the contractions never came so they hooked me up to the patocin. This gave me such bad back labor I was literally trying to fold myself in half backwards. I obviously gave up on natural! I wasable to get a fast acting epidural. I am sorry I don't remember the name of it, but it goes in just like a regular epidural, but it starts working almost immediately! It was a great option for last minute pain relief. And for me, the bonus came in that it relaxed me enough that I finished dialating and little man came within a half hour, after I had stalled for several hours!

Tamara - posted on 08/03/2010

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Showers are great. With my son I wasn't sure if it was really labor or not. And I heard that a shower will make braxtons stop so I took a shower and thought that it wasn't labor because I didn't feel anything while the water was running over my belly, but the minute I turned the water off I knew it was time to go to the hospital (I had the baby 1 hour after we got to the hospital)

Kristie - posted on 08/02/2010

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I learned that hot showers relieve the pain and if you are going to a hospital that has the whirlpool tubs they work amazing!!

Andrea - posted on 08/01/2010

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I'm really glad that you started this conversation! I've been wondering about my options as well. If you want to make a good plan, thebump.com has a great birth plan that gives you basically every option available. It definitely helped me feel a little more prepared. hope it helps you!

Tamara - posted on 08/01/2010

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With my son I used hypno-birthing. I have a meditation CD to listen to and a book that teaches a lot of relaxation. I'm also someone who deals with pain really well. Good luck finding what you are looking for.

Alison - posted on 08/01/2010

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Pain relief is a tough one. It is really personal how someone can handle pain etc.

I prefer to stand, rock and move about during contractions because that helps me with pain. Also baths, hot showers.

When I got close to transition (between stage 1 and 2) I used the gas for about 3 contractions and then it was time to push and the pushing alone was pain relief for me.

If you can visualize that each one is getting you closer to the goal and try to stay in control of your pain i.e not getting overwhelmed and caught up in it all (this is harder than it sounds) then you should be fine.

Talk to your partner about what pain relief methods are out of the question. For me this is Epidural and Pethidine, I personally will never use these methods.

This time around (4th) I am opting for a home birth, so I wont have the gas to take the edge off those really nasty ones.

The key is trusting your body and knowing you were built for this, don't give in to the pain and let it consume your every thought. You will do fine, there are some really good resources on the web about relaxation methods, and even watching a few home birth vids on youtube may help you in gaining some confidence.

I hope something in here made some sense lol!! It's a hard question being such a personal thing (pain tolerance).

Good luck and I am sure you'll do fine

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