(Closed) Natural Birth – Who had one & who is planning for one?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 92
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Church & The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios

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@terisa2012:  Thanks for the clarification.  Two books have been particularly helpful for me in exploring the mental side of birth and trying to look at what unexplored fears that I might have, Body, Mind, Baby and Birthing from Within.  I haven’t read Birth without Fear yet but it is on my list.  Throughout the pregnancy I’ve been trying to be aware when some of my fears pop up. Sometimes this just means taking some quiet time for meditation/prayer/reflection and other times I notice thoughts creeping up that surprise me. For example, at my last ultrasound they mentioned that baby is in the 90th percentile for weight.  Even though my brain knows that this isn’t automatically a cause for worry I found myself thinking- what if the baby is too big and I am too small?  I made a note of the fear to my husband and we are exploring it together and with my midwife.  I am also keeping a running list of fears or negative preconceptitons to work with my doula on.  In some cases self examination has made me aware of something that I want to talk with my therapist about. For example I have anxiety about birthing in a hospital- although I have planned a birth center birth I know that I may end up in the hospital.  I’m working with my therapist on this anxiety. hope that clarifies. 

Post # 93
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Not TTC, but I’m thinking I’ll accept the drugs when the time comes. I just got Mirena put in and almost passed out! I can only imagine childbirth…

Post # 94
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

For anyone who is interested in hypnosis in birth.. 

Just had my first hypnosis session for anyone that might be interested. It was recorded and so I basically keep listening to it everyday as much as possible. The doula is a clinical hypnotherapist and so the session was tailored to my birth plans and the people who will be present. It also teaches you how to self hypnose while you are under. 

Incredibly relaxing I have to say.. I passed out pretty promptly and can’t remember a great deal of it but she said that was the point, and the message goes into my subconcious.  It was kind of like being asleep but not. It made me feel very happy. When she mentioned my husband I felt a big surge of love and support. 

 

Post # 95
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@Mrs. Pretzel:  I just read your comment about fear. I think a big part of the hypnosis I just did was about blocking fear. In a sense, you cannot feel the fear. Its hard to explain but the message was you cannot feel fear when you’re eyes are shut. It seemed to be training you to block out all fear while you are under/in the relaxed state. 

I think fear is a big cause of pain, or at least prevents one from being able to manage pain and makes it much worse.

I wish you the best of luck in overcoming your fears 🙂

 

Post # 96
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Mrs. Pretzel – Also keep in mind that the weight estimates can be way off. They told me my baby was in the 15th percentile (but that they didn’t worry unless baby was in the 10th or lower). He came out in the 60th percentile, almost 2 pounds heavier than they estimated (they told me he’d be about 6 pounds, he was just shy of 8). The errors go both directions, your baby can be smaller than they say too.

@SoobySays – Giving birth is a very different kind of pain. And during labor your body is pumping out tons of pain-killing hormones too.

Post # 97
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

No, never, nuh uh, no way, no how.

 

<– wimp

Post # 98
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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@inky_1:  I’m with you on that one.  I want drugs lol

Post # 99
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Church & The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios

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@abbyful:  Right, my brian is fully aware of the margin of error on ultrasound measurements. But fears, those are things learned over a long time and we’ve been exposed to lots of messages throughout our life. My brain is taking the weight with a grain of salt, but there is another part of me that is reacting to this info.  Obviously I have plenty of time to work on that fear (17 more weeks + or -) 🙂

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