Looking for some insight!

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Labor is the part that scares me the most too! Following!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I always hear people recommending What To Expect When You’re Expecting. I’ve ordered my copy on Amazon!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Currently 20 weeks pregnant so no advice from experience, but ive heard positive things about the book by ina may guide to childbirth. My friends have also said that the labor process is generally overall easier if you workout throughout the pregnancy. Best of luck!

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is wonderful, especially if you are nervous about labor.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would highly recommend taking a childbirth class once you’re expecting… we took a six week childbirth/infant care/breastfeeding series and it really helped me get my head wrapped around childbirth.  One of the things that I liked is that they showed a lot of videos and interviews of normal experiences… so many of the labor stories are the extreme situations- they’re the dramatic ones so people like to share them- you don’t often get to hear the normal stories!  

Also, when it comes to labor it helps to remember that some things are out of your control, so try to keep your expectations flexible- for example if your heart is set on using a birth tub, but your baby is in distress you’ll probably need to let go of the tub idea! There are always pros and cons of any labor method/decision.  One of the exercises that helped me from the class was they gave us about 25 cards with different decisions/things that can happen during labor (for example: labor tub, getting an IV, epidural, having a c-section, episiotomy, etc) and we had keep eliminating half of the cards until we only had 5 left.  Those 5 represented what was most probably important to us in the labor process. 

The best labor advice that someone gave me was not to stress about tearing during labor, it totally heals surprisingly well!

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

Another vote for Ina may gaskins books. 

Also hypnoborthing and active birthing workshops classes/workshops in your area. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

Ps – ‘fear free childbirth’ is also a great Facebook page 

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